Step back into summer of 1908 in a small town enlivened by vaudeville and a young unknown actor named Buster Keaton. For our first book club meeting of the new school year, families will discuss this lush graphic novel with author Matt Phelan and learn about his writing and drawing process first-hand. Then we’ll all visit The Hirschfeld Century exhibition to see legendary artist Al Hirschfeld’s drawings of famous actors from the vaudeville and silent film era.
Henry Harrison’s summers are usually dull, but that all changes when a vaudeville troupe rolls into town. There’s an elephant, a contortionist, a one-legged tap dancer, and a new friend: a young actor named Buster Keaton. Henry wants to soak up Buster’s talents, but Buster just wants to play baseball with the local kids. But when Henry and Buster’s worlds collide, each boy gets a glimpse of the other's life. Scott O’Dell Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan earned much praise for Bluffton, which is both a glimpse into the world of vaudeville, a biography of the young Buster Keaton, and a timeless coming-of-age story.
About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home, then attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, and Rita Williams-Garcia, plus museum curators, historians, and other experts.