Enemies in the Orchard author event (in-person and Zoom)

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Patrons and families are invited to join author Dana Vanderlugt for a presentation about her thrilling, middle grade novel-in-verse, "Enemies in the Orchard." Afterwards, patrons will have a chance to ask questions, get books signed, and interact with Ms. Vanderlugt. In addition, patrons will be able to view this presentation via Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83048967343

Summary: Set against the backdrop of WWII, this achingly beautiful novel in verse for 9–12 year olds based on American history presents the perspectives of Claire, a Midwestern girl who longs to finish high school and become a nurse as she worries for her soldier brother, and Karl, a German POW who’s processing the war as he works on Claire’s family farm.

"Via contemplative first-person narratives and occasional adapted news articles, Vanderlugt intimately limns each character’s experiences alongside those of a sympathetically drawn secondary cast." Publishers Weekly

"VanderLugt’s reflections on war’s personal toll and the tensions of having enemy troops working in America offer opportunities for readers to consider matters from many angles." Kirkus

Our friends from Horizon Books will be on hand to sell copies of the book before and after the presentation.