Welcome to Camden Falls (Main Street, Book 1)

 
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From Scholastic:

Flora and Ruby do not want to move to Camden Falls. But they don't really have a choice -- their parents are dead and their grandmother, Min, is taking them in. It's strange to be in a new place. But luckily, it's a very welcoming place.
Min runs a sewing store, Needle & Thread, at the heart of Main Street in Camden Falls. There, Flora and Ruby become friends with Olivia, who likes to organize things, and Nikki, who lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Even if Flora and Ruby never expected it to, Camden Falls becomes their home . . . and its stories become a part of their stories.

Combining the heart of her Newbery Honor-winning fiction and the spirit of her legendary Baby-Sitters Club series, Ann M. Martin introduces a timeless new series ....

192 pages  978-0439868792  Ages 8-12

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Ruby and Flora are grieving the loss of their parents who died in a car accident and in this next chapter of their lives, summer has arrived and they are moving to live with their grandmother, Min, in a small town in New England.  Min lives in one of the eight rowhouses on Aiken Avenue in Camden Falls and through the following chapters we meet the residents of the other rowhomes.   New place, new people, no parents is a tough spot.  But they've landed in a lovely town, filled with wholesome qualities and reassuring people.  

Their grandmother is the co-owner of a sewing store, Needle and Thread on Main street in the heart of this deeply rooted, caring place that still offers glimpses of the challenges the  world can bring to each of us.

As the story progresses, the sisters meet one by one a series of characters.   There is the husband who is caring for his wife who has Alzheimer's Disease.  There is the 17-year boy, Robbie,  who has Down Syndrome.  There is a girl whose father drinks too much.  Everyone is going through something.

Slowly the girls make friends and begin to feel they belong here...which is the underlying theme...along with the beautifully rendered sense of place...this is a place where you would want to live.  All is well until a necklace goes missing and a young girl is suspected.  Who is really doing the stealing?

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

Other books in the series:  Needle and Thread (2), 'Tis the Season (3), Best Friends (4), Secret Book Club (5), September Surprises (6), Keeping Secrets (7), Special Delivery (8), Coming Apart (9), Staying Together (10)

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