Common Readers to discuss Ann Napolitano's "Dear Edward"

Join the Common Readers Book Discussion Group this month to read about a young boy dealing with the aftermath of being the only survivor of a plane crash.

Common Readers will be reading Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. The book begins one summer morning when “12-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor. Edward's story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery--one that will lead him to the answers of some of life's most profound questions: When you've lost everything, how do find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?”

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library in regular print, large print, and book on CD. The book is also available as an ebook and digital audiobook on Libby.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20 via Zoom. If you wish to attend the virtual meeting, email Krystal Smalley at for the Zoom meeting information.

The Common Readers Book Discussion Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Readers can join the group for one, several, or every meeting. The remaining 2021 schedule is as follows: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano (April 20); Watership Down by Richard Adams (May 18); The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz (June 15); Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty (August 17); The Overstory by Richard Powers (September 21); Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (October 19); and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (November 16). There are no meetings in July or December. The title for each month will be available at the Upper Sandusky Community Library in a variety of formats.

For more information about this or any other library program, stop by the front desk or call the library at 419-294-1345.