The best tall tales are the ones that are true. The story about the gutsy librarian who climbed the fifty-foot roof of the oldest library in Texas is no exception.

Braving heights and severe storms, librarian RoseAleta Laurell refused to come down until she received $20,000 in donations to improve the children’s section and to bring computers and public internet access into her rural, bilingual community.

  • “52 Great Reads” list, 2010 National Book Festival, in Washington, D. C.
  • 2011 short list for Young Readers Panda Award
  • 2012-13 Nominee for Missouri’s Show Me Award

“King’s writing is clear and often witty, and she does a credible job of capturing Laurell’s determined and forthright personality, as well as the drama and excitement of this unusual approach to fund-raising. Gilpin’s hand-drawn, vibrantly colored cartoon illustrations enliven the story, particularly the spread that depicts the woman being hoisted to dizzying heights. Librarians will enjoy sharing this tribute to one of their own, but so will anyone wanting an inspirational tale of a committed and ingenious professional.” Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ