Kathleen Tarby and Tom Salvemini

Kathleen Tarby  author of The Diary of Kathleen Resolute and Tom Salvemini author of Band of Gorillas
Reading, discussion and book signing
Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30pm

Twelve-year-old Lisa Conlin is excited when her family moves into a house that was a station on the Underground Railroad. When she makes a discovery that sends her on a journey to 1851, her eyes are opened to the past and the present. This is a story of family, caring for others, and connections through time, all set against the backdrop of events in the civil rights movement in 1961.

Lisa finds Lucy's Underground Railroad diary hidden in her family's new home. As she reads the diary, she learns about Lucy and her journey from Maryland to Northampton, Massachusetts. In the evenings, Lisa watches the nightly news reports with her parents and sees Freedom Riders in the South take a stand against segregation in interstate travel. Her new learning allows her to connect these present injustices with Lucy's escape from slavery 110 years earlier. When the diary abruptly ends, Lisa is left with many questions. Lisa is resourceful, curious, and persistent. She takes matters into her own hands to solve the mystery of what happened to Lucy.

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Kathleen Tarby, a fourth grade teacher, is the author of two historical fiction books for middle grade readers. Both have been enthusiastically received by her students, and one, The Diary of Lucy Resolute, is included on her school’s fourth grade curriculum map as a resource to enhance student understanding of the Underground Railroad.

Band of Gorillas is an entertaining and educational picture book for young readers teaching the curious names given to animal groups. Exceptional artwork gives the animal groups human traits and behaviors, making the story both fun to read and learn from. Written in couplets of simple, two lines of rhyming verse, the reader and listener will leave the book smiling and learning at the same time.

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As a third-grade elementary school teacher for over 25 years, Tom Salvemini cherished his classroom library filled with books for his students to enjoy and learn from.

Tom is currently working on his second book, Conceivable, and has his sights set on two more books in the near future.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
372 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602