ROSIE'S UMBRELLAImagination and the Human Spirit
“She died within seconds of falling,” Rosie’s Umbrella begins in 1955. “She could see the shadows that went with the echoes of screams from up above, but the patterns of light and the fading sounds were nothing more than that.
“A novel with a keen understanding of the complexity of family secrets and the tensions between loving family members.” – Kirkus Review
“Rosie’s Umbrella is a gripping, page-turning, wild ride, fueled by great passion, deep humanity, and an urgent call for justice.” – James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Presidential Professor, Arizona State University
“I couldn’t put it down in spite of being so busy, a great story and characters AND what a wonderful reflection on memory and history.” – Ruth Finnegan, FBA, OBE, Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, UK
“I’ve just finished Rosie’s Umbrella. What an amazing adventure. I’ve known only Denny Taylor’s professional writing, so was thrilled to find that she could keep me spell-bound with this gripping story. To put it mildly, it is a page-turner.” – Dorothy Watson, Professor Emerita of Education, University of Missouri
“She died within seconds of falling,” Rosie’s Umbrella begins in 1955. “She could see the shadows that went with the echoes of screams from up above, but the patterns of light and the fading sounds were nothing more than that. There was not time to think about them, to name them or to say, ‘There’s lovely’, but that is how she felt in those last moments of her life as she fell down the old mine shaft.”
Living a life of privilege in Boston in 1995, Rosie Llewelyn knows nothing about Wales or coal mining or about the child who fell down an old mine shaft. She should, because the death of the child, so many years ago, will change her life forever. Driven by her unconditional love for her aunt who suddenly falls apart, Rosie is determined to find out about her family, and in a life and death struggle that fuses past and present she discovers her own truth in a heroic journey of self-discovery.
“In Rosie’s Umbrella, Denny Taylor beautifully captures what happens when young adults have opportunities to grapple with injustices that relate to identity, culture, and history. With a bit of support and guidance from adults, like Aunt Sarah and teacher Margaret, all adolescents like Rosie have the potential to find their voices and take action as social agents of change. This novel will inspire young and old to pursue their own social justice investigation.” – Monica Taylor, Associate Professor, Montclair University
“Once in a while a novel comes around and not only touches me as a reader but an educator as well. This novel does both. As an educator, I am inspired to be more like Margaret, Rosie’s teacher, committed to helping children develop their voice in telling stories. Taylor weaves together a 21st century family complete with secrets of about their history in 19th century Wales. The vivid accounts of both past and present will resonate with all audiences. This is a highly readable, enjoyable book, deserving of wide circulation.” – Pat Geyer, Teacher-Educator, Hofstra University
“I LOVED this book!!! It is a powerful and enjoyable read that will leave you wanting more. This novel, although stylistically different from Taylor’s other books, is a beautiful integration of story and activism. However, if you’re like me, you might need a Kleenex or two at a most unexpected moment! Enjoy!!!” – Kathy Olmstead, Assistant Professor, Brockport College, SUNY
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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-06-3
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In 1983, Taylor published Family Literacy, which is regarded a classic in the field; Growing Up Literate received the MLA Shaughnessy award in 1988; and Toxic Literacies, published in 1996, was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In 2004, Taylor was inducted into the IRA’s Reading Hall of Fame.