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Destiny's Gift

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Destiny loves words, and her favorite place in the world is Mrs. Wade's bookstore, where words abound. On Saturdays, Destiny helps Mrs. Wade at the store, and at day's end they relax together, drinking tea and reading. Then one Saturday Mrs. Wade does not seem her usual self, and Destiny later learns the store may have to close.

Destiny is determined not to let this happen.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Lee & Low Books
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Tamara the Librarian
Oct 18, 2009 Tamara the Librarian rated it really liked it
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Story about a young girl who loves spending time in a locally owned bookstore and has a close relationship with the owner. The owner struggles to keep the store open and Destiny helps mobilize the community to help out. In the end, it is unclear whether the store will remain open, but the friendship between Destiny and Mrs. Wade will remain.
Sam Grace
About the relationship between a budding writer of a girl and the owner of an African American focused community bookstore. I really liked the ritual of the two drinking tea together, the positive mentoring relationship between community members, the emphasis on community organizing REGARDLESS of the result (and I like that the story ends without you knowing whether the store survived for various reasons), and I appreciated the reminder that stores like that are treasures of the community that w ...more
Hannah Morrison
We used this as a read aloud in our class and I would love to use it in my own class. The author tells a story similar to her life and finding her love of words. I really enjoyed sharing this with my class because we were able to talk about gifts and talents they might have that other people do not, or are unaware of. Destiny makes a special gift for Mrs. Wade in the story, and we talked about what special gifts they could make with their own talents. It definitely opened our students for discus ...more
Feb 22, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
I read this in my field placement and the children and I loved it. It's a very inspiring story for lovers of reading and writing and encourages students to spend a lot of time with books. This is a good story to read because it helps raise children's awareness for community involvement and the meaning and love of books.
Connie Eberhart
Oct 21, 2013 Connie Eberhart rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book about a friendship between a young girl and a local store owner. IT brings out the beauty and importance of the words we choose. This would be an excellent addition to a unit or lesson about manners/caring as well as a great multi cultural book.
Feb 19, 2015 Nayira rated it liked it
What a sweet story, my little girl student really loved it.
It has been our second read for the summer. I related to Destiny on this story cuz for me Bookstore are mini paradises where you lose yourself and enjoy so many smells and of course, books.
Sep 28, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
Might be good for a school visit - elementary age. Great book about a book store's impact on a young girl, and the power of words, books, and community involvement. Great diverse choice, and I love the illustrations.
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