Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

by Sue Halpern

Overview:People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. Most come for the books themselves, of course; some come to borrow companionship. For head librarian Kit, the public library in Riverton, New Hampshire, offers what she craves most: peace. Here, no one expects Kit to talk about the calamitous events that catapulted her out of what she thought was a settled, suburban life. She can simply submerge herself in her beloved books and try to forget her problems.

But that changes when fifteen-year-old, home-schooled Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary. The judge throws the book at Sunny—literally—assigning her to do community service at the library for the summer. Bright, curious, and eager to connect with someone other than her off-the-grid hippie parents, Sunny coaxes Kit out of her self-imposed isolation. They’re joined by Rusty, a Wall Street high-flyer suddenly crashed to earth.

In this little library that has become the heart of this small town, Kit, Sunny, and Rusty are drawn to each other, and to a cast of other offbeat regulars. As they come to terms with how their lives have unraveled, they also discover how they might knit them together again and finally reclaim their stories.

Faith Bowers (01/01/19):Though there are three main characters, the most prominent stays ambiguous as Ms. Halpern unravels her story and her sadness. The other two, Sunny and Rustys’ stories are shared as soon as we meet them. I do not think the character development was all that great but I loved the story anyway.

To me, this is a story of healing and finding oneself especially if that true self was lost early on in adulthood. Sunny, a teenager also has to face hard truths about her own family. Yes, this has a happy ending with a few surprises but then it would not be as much fun. I took the book out due to the name and I almost think of this as a modern day fantasy. Ms. Halpern has written other books, mostly non fiction and I picked another from our library.
Rating: ***

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