What Wonders Do You See?

The Seven Woders of Sassafras Springs

This summer I had the chance to read the Independent Readers book selection, The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs.  And I thoroughly enjoyed it! So, I want you to consider reading it in July also. Perhaps you will join Peggy on Friday, July 15th at DPL 11:00am to talk about the book.  It’s not to late to stop in and pick up a copy.  It makes a good read.  It also would be a wonderful read aloud family read, or while traveling, a book to read to everyone in the car.

The story introduces you to Eben McAllister from Sassafras Springs.  He loves adventure and reading.  His most recent book was about the Seven Wonders of the World.  Oh, if he could only leave the Springs for unknown travels and treasures like most of us want to leave to see more somewhere else.  After moping around, Eben’s father challenges him to find 7 treasures in Sassafras Springs and his dad will let him travel west by train to visit Colorado and Eben’s aunt.

Eben accepts the challenge realizing that he doesn’t believe he can think of one thing that can stand up to the “real” Seven Wonders.  Nothing he would even call interesting.  But he figures he’ll give it a try since there isn’t really anything else to do in Sassafras Springs but chores.

As you spend time with Eben you learn about the big surprises he is in for, like a singing saw or a floating table are just two of Eben’s discoveries. His neighbors, friends, and family help Eben learn about his town while being on the adventure of a lifetime.

Will he find 7?  Will he make the trip by train? Will he get to see Colorado?  You will have to read to find out.  This down-home narrative written by Betty G. Birney can be found in the j Fiction area at the Aurora and Dillsboro Libraries.

At a time when Indiana is celebrating the Bicentennial and Aurora, Dillsboro and Moores Hill are our home towns, what wonders could you tell about from your view.  Each community has many unique and special wonders to be discovered.  I am working on my list of 7.  Share your discoveries with us as you find your 7 Wonders.