Celebrate THE WORD by Mary G. Thompson!

Coming up at OMP!  

Thurs, 6/13 at 6:30 at Arlington Central Library: Celebrate the final event in the James Baldwin's Centennial Arlington Reads author series with author George M. Johnson and Librarian Juliane Weight in conversation about Johnson's memoir manifesto, ALL BOYS AREN'T BLUE
Mon. 6/17 at 6:30 at SHIRLINGTON LIBRARY: Author Alice Faye Duncan discusses OPAL LEE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FREE--the true story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth

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The Word by Mary G. Thompson May 21Join us to celebrate local YA author Mary G. Thompson and the launch of her latest book, THE WORD! She'll be joined by Andrea Tang for what is sure to be a fabulous evening.

Lisa's father kidnapped her to keep her in a cult at age seven. Nine years later, she has the chance to live a new life--but is she ready to leave the cult behind?

After her parents' divorce, seven-year-old Lisa's father convinces her to leave home in the middle of the night. After all, according to their radical religious beliefs, she belongs to him, and it is her duty to obey him. Ever the dutiful daughter--at least outwardly--and confused by the sinful changes in her mother, Lisa complies.

For the next nine years, Lisa and her father go from place to place--hiding out in a rural town populated by the cult, living on the streets, and preaching the Word. She is taught that her mother, who divorced her father and left the cult, is deemed "dead" by the Word's doctrine--a shell without a soul. The only school she's allowed to attend is one run by one of the cult's community leaders. They forbid reading books or watching television. She has to be small, quiet, and modest.

When the police finally catch up with them, Lisa returns to her mom's home in Oregon--a home with freedoms that Lisa has never really known. But her father has a plan to take back what's his--a plan that was set in motion the moment the police arrived at his home. Now Lisa must make a decision: follow the plan and go home with the hope that she'll see her father again, or risk everything to figure out what life could be when she makes her own choices.


Mary G. Thompson was born and raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, Oregon. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, including almost five years in the U.S. Navy. She is a librarian in Washington, D.C. Visit her at www.marygthompson.com.

She'll be joined in conversation by Andrea Tang!

Andrea Tang is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult novels, including the Rebelwing duology, Kingdom of Without, and These Deadly Prophecies. In addition to scribbling down stories, she's an avid martial artist who enjoys teaching and competing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, where she previously won the Pan-American, European, and American National no-gi titles in her division.

These Deadly Prophecies By Andrea Tang Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593524251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 30th, 2024

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