March 31, 2013

Palisades Park

cover image of Palisades Park
Alan Brennert

Growing up in the 1930's, there is no more magical place than Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey--especially for young Toni and Jack Stopka. The two children help their parents sell homemade French fries at the park, where Toni dreams of becoming one of the park's high divers. But the Great Depression takes a toll, as does World War II, and the family finds itself torn apart over and over again. Yet they are all drawn back to each other--and to Palisades Park--until the park closes forever in 1971. A wonderfully engaging coming-of-age tale from the author of Honolulu (2009).