Destiny's Gift by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

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Now in paperback, the story of an African American girl who uses her resourcefulness and creativity to help keep her friend's neighborhood bookstore from going out of business

Destiny loves words, and her favourite place in the world is Mrs. Wade's bookstore, where words abound. On Saturdays, Destiny helps Mrs. Wade at the store, and at day's end they relax together, drinking tea and reading. Then one Saturday Mrs. Wade does not seem her usual self, and Destiny later learns the store may have to close.

Destiny is determined not to let this happen. As she rallies the community to help keep the store open, she also creates an imaginative journal for Mrs. Wade that captures the warmth and special magic of the store forever.


About Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

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NATASHA ANASTASIA TARPLEY is the author of several award-winning picture books. She wrote Destiny's Gift to encourage children to celebrate their creative talents and realize their ability to make a difference in their communities and the lives of those they love. ADJOA J. BURROWES has illustrated many books for children, including trade and educational titles. She received a Fine Arts degree from Howard University and, when not illustrating books, works as a graphic designer.
Published September 30, 2010 by Lee & Low Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Destiny loves words and, thus, loves Mrs. Wade and her bookstore.

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The first-person narrative captures Destiny's girlish voice and idealism, her budding observational powers and the way in which she, like all voracious readers, finds a magic in books that's independent of the words within their covers ("Sometimes I'd open a book, stick my nose in between the pag...

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