Battle Creek Reads 2015
We have selected two titles for this season's Battle Creek Reads! Click here to download the discussion guide.
A Secret Gift by Ted Gup
On a cold winter seventy-seven years ago, a small ad appeared in a Canton, Ohio newspaper. Instead of goods for sales, it offered ten dollars, no strings attached, to 75 local families in distress. To receive this Depression Era manna, readers were asked to submit letters describing their down-and-out hardships and needs. Their benefactor, who used a pseudonym in the classified, was Sam Stone, the grandfather of Ted Gup, the author of this book. When Gup discovered a suitcase full of these letters, he began a quest to discover what had happened subsequently to these supplicants and, just as importantly, what had motivated his granddad to become such a real life benefactor to so many strangers.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are reminders of a turbulent past.
Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.
Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
Ted Gup, author of A Secret Gift, will speak at Burnham Brook Community Center on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm).
Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, will speak at the Lakeview Middle School auditorium on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:00pm (doros open at 6:00pm).
What is Battle Creek Reads
What it is: Battle Creek Reads is a community-wide reading program where people can connect through a shared reading experience.
How it works: Everyone in the community has the chance to read the same books and participate in a variety of events such as book discussion groups, an author visit, and other fun activities.
To suggest a title for the next Battle Creek Reads please call Battle Creek Reads Project Manager Cheryl Cavalear at (269) 968-8166 x504
Past Battle Creek Reads Titles
2006 - Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
2007 - Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
2008 - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2009 - How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill
2010 - The Soloist by Steve Lopez
2011 - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
2012 - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
2013 - Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
2014 - The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff