Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

It's a reading weekend. And of course, I am many other things I should be doing, but I am in love... with this book! It's written in the form of letters and I love reading other people's letters. Each word is delicious, meant to be savoured! The characters are great and I had no idea (well maybe I did one time) that Guernsey, part of Britain but located off the Normandy coast, was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War! The book is set after the war when a journalist receives a letter asking her to send the name of a bookstore in London where he, Dawsey Adams, can order a book with more of Charles Lamb's writing. The reason he has written to Juliet is that the book he has by Charles Lamb once belonged to her as her name and address were written in the book. A casual reference to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society makes Juliet curious and the story begins... The story of how the book was written is fascinating in itself and for you readers of books for children, you may recognize the co-author, Annie Burrows, as she writes the Ivy and Bean series. Visit the book's website and check out the video link on u-tube. This book again is a gift of hope.

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