The Rope Walk is a coming of age story told from the point of view of a 10 year old girl who lives in a small town in Vermont. Over the course of a single summer, Alice grows wiser but also a bit sadder as she learns more about the adult world. The Rope Walk is a relatively easy read, full of lovingly descriptive language and charming characters. It's a bit slow starting, but stick with it, because it IS worth your time.
The Rope Walk is the 2009 All Iowa Reads selection. It will be a great discussion book!