Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 361: The Saturdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

Something a bit different this week—a classic children’s book, The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright, first published in 1941. Growing up, one of my sisters and I jointly owned a book by Enright called The Four-Story Mistake. It was one we both read multiple times, but strangely, I had never read anything else by Enright until now. I happened upon The Saturdays at the monthly library used book sale for only fifty cents, in like-new condition, so had to snap it up. This was an easy and fun read finished in one day.

It was easy to make this picture alive. Randy Stared at it fixedly, hardly breathing, hardly thinking, and pretty soon she thought she could smell the mixture of damp earth and burning leaves and smoke from distant chimney pots; she thought she could hear the hum of the city and the clear voices of children somewhere out of sight. A day had come and gone, years ago, and still it was alive.

(Chapter 2)

Series: Melendy Family #1

When your Saturday comes, what will you do with it?

The four Melendy children live with their father and Cuffy, their beloved housekeeper, in a worn, but comfortable, brownstone in new York City. There’s thirteen-year-old Mona, who has decided to become an actress; twelve-year-old mischievous Rush; ten-and-a-half-year-old Randy, who loves to dance and paint; and thoughtful Oliver, who is just six. Tired of wasting Saturdays doing nothing but wishing for larger allowances, the four Melendys jump at Randy’s idea to start the Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club (I.S.A.A.C.). If they pool their resources and take turns spending the whole amount, they can each have at least one memorable Saturday afternoon of their own. Before long, I.S.A.A.C. is in operation and every Saturday is definitely one to remember.

1 comment:

Vonnie R said...

Sounds like a cute children's book. I'll have to look more into it. :)

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