Last Modified on February 2, 2021
Visit the ALLen READS website for more program information.Regretably, ALLen READS has been postponed until further notice. Please stay tuned for updates!The next ALLen READS books have been selected!The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richards, Down Cut Shin Creek by Kathi Appelt and That Book Woman by Heather HensonMain Book:The Book Woman of Troublesome Creekby Kim Michele Richardsrecommended for Grade 9 through Adult
The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.
Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.
Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.Companion Books:Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentuckyby Kathi Appeltrecommended for Grade 4 though 8That Book WomanWritten by Heather HensonIllustrated by David Smallrecommended for Grade K through 3