Worth Keeping

Rules by Cynthia Lord

On the next shelf are paint bottles and stacks of paper, everything from thick watercolor paper to flimsy sheets of jewel-colored tissue paper. And lots of things I’ve collected: shells, rocks, a tiny glass elephant, a blackened old skeleton key my grandmother found in a chest but which unlocks nothing. I kept it because I like how it feels in my hand, the heart shape of the top and the jagged teeth at the bottom, and because—Not everything worth keeping has to be useful.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

#amreading securely

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this May? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel May 2022: Under Lock and Key features the book THE LOCK-EATER by Zack Loran Clark.

Melanie Gate is a foundling with a peculiar talent for opening the unopenable—any lock releases at the touch of her hand. One night, her orphanage is visited by Traveler in need of an apprentice.

When Melanie is selected, her life changes in a flash, and in more ways than she knows—because Traveler is not at all what he seems. But then, neither is Melanie Gate.

Check our #MGCarousel Challenges page for more info.