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Libraries Transform Book Pick Discussion: Book of the Little Axe (Virtual)

The Libraries Transform Book Pick digital reading program returns with Lauren Francis-Sharma’s epic saga Book of the Little Axe. 

Join us for a virtual book discussion with librarian Jessica D'Avanza and reading aficionado Vernell Clouden-Duval for a book that spans decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.


In 1796 Trinidad, young Rosa Rendón quietly but purposefully rebels against the life others expect her to lead. Bright, competitive, and opinionated, Rosa sees no reason she should learn to cook and keep house, for it is obvious her talents lie in running the farm she, alone, views as her birthright. But when her homeland changes from Spanish to British rule, it becomes increasingly unclear whether its free black property owners—Rosa’s family among them—will be allowed to keep their assets, their land, and ultimately, their freedom.

By 1830, Rosa is living among the Crow Nation in Bighorn, Montana with her children and her husband, Edward Rose, a Crow chief. Her son Victor is of the age where he must seek his vision and become a man. But his path forward is blocked by secrets Rosa has kept from him. So Rosa must take him to where his story began and, in turn, retrace her own roots, acknowledging along the way, the painful events that forced her from the middle of an ocean to the rugged terrain of a far-away land.


The Libraries Transform Book Pick program launched last fall with its inaugural selection After the Flood by Kassandra Montag. The Libraries Transform Book Pick is a collaboration between Booklist, the book review magazine of the American Library Association; Libraries Transform, the American Library Association’s public awareness initiative; and OverDrive, ALA Library Champion and lead sponsor of Libraries Transform. #LTBookPick


This discussion will take place on Thursday, November 12 from 7 to 8 pm on Zoom.

  • Registration is required to receive the Zoom link invitation.
  • Register below or call us at 401-247-1920 x2. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.


Digital copies are available on Hoopla without any waitlists or holds. Hoopla is available to those with an Ocean State Libraries card issued from Barrington Public Library. If you are having trouble accessing Hoopla, send us a message at information@barringtonlibrary.org or call us at 401-247-1920 x2.

Limited digital copies are available from eZone/OverDrive or the Libby app.

Print copies are available to request from the Ocean State Libraries catalog.

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