Island Readers & Writers to launch “Handful of Stars”



Cythia Lord’s book “A Handful of Stars” centers on the relationship between two girls. Island Readers & Writers is hosting a book launch at the Milbridge Elementary School on June 4. IMAGE COURTESY OF IRW

Cythia Lord’s book “A Handful of Stars” centers on the relationship between two girls. Island Readers & Writers is hosting a book launch at the Milbridge Elementary School on June 4.
IMAGE COURTESY OF IRW

MILBRIDGE — A public launch for Cynthia Lord’s new book “A Handful of Stars” will be held at the Milbridge Elementary School on Thursday, June 4, from 5-7 p.m. The event is being hosted by Lord, Island Readers & Writers and the school.

“A Handful of Stars” follows the friendship of two girls: Lily, a year-rounder and owner of a blind dog named Lucky; and Salma, a summer resident from a migrant blueberry picking family, who cleverly saves Lucky’s life by luring him away from possible danger on the road with a sandwich. The girls help each other tackle two challenges: Lily hopes to bring back Lucky’s vision, and Salma hopes to be the first migrant entry (and winner!) in the Blueberry Queen Pageant.

Numerous community partners will participate in the celebration, including Vazquez Mexican Food, Wyman’s, ARK Animal Shelter, Mano en Mano and Cherryfield Foods. Milbridge Elementary School and Milbridge Public Library are supporting the public launch with book-related projects and activities and the event includes an exhibition of artwork and writings by Milbridge Elementary students. Blueberry enchiladas will be created and served for the first time in Maine, books will be on sale at the event, and Cynthia Lord will be on hand to autograph copies.

The event is funded by Island Readers & Writers. Contact Island Readers & Writers at 244-5111 or [email protected]

IRW is a nonprofit organization based on MDI and Lubec with a mission to inspire a passion for reading and learning among children living on Maine’s coastal and inland islands.

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