Walking Book Club
The Story That Cannot Be Told
- Library Cafe
About the Book
A powerful middle grade debut from J. Kasper Kramer, with three starred reviews, that weaves together folklore and history to tell the story of a girl finding her voice and the strength to use it during the final months of the Communist regime in Romania in 1989.
Ileana has always collected stories. Some are about the past, before the leader of her country tore down her home to make room for his golden palace; back when families had enough food, and the hot water worked on more than just Saturday nights. Others are folktales like the one she was named for, which her father used to tell her at bedtime. But some stories can get you in trouble, like the dangerous one criticizing Romania’s Communist government that Uncle Andrei published—right before he went missing.
Fearing for her safety, Ileana’s parents send her to live with the grandparents she’s never met, far from the prying eyes and ears of the secret police and their spies, who could be any of the neighbors. But danger is never far away. Now, to save her family and the village she’s come to love, Ileana will have to tell the most important story of her life.
About the Club
Facilitated by Youth Services Librarian, Jamie Collins, the Walking Book Club meets in the library cafe and walks to a surprise location. Boys and girls ages 9 and up are welcome to attend and parents are encouraged to read and participate too. Register at the childrens' desk or online. Ten copies of the book are available at childrens' desk.