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Aug 06, 2013
| ISBN 9780385739672
| Young Adult
Oct 11, 2011
| ISBN 9780375898051
| Young Adult
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Aug 06, 2013 | ISBN 9780385739672 | Young Adult
Oct 11, 2011 | ISBN 9780375898051 | Young Adult
Caroline B. Cooney, author of the bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton, delves deep into a Southern community, comprised of various ethnicities and diverse economic backgrounds, to reveal and explore issues that can divide as well as unite people. Lutie has lived in her town her entire life, loving her family. When Doria, a girl from Connecticut, moves to town the only thing she and Lutie have in common is their love for music. When Doria’s life—as well as others from the community—intertwine and, in surprising ways, become connected with Lutie’s family and ancestors, it is the collective belief in the power of faith, the glory of music, and the bonds of family that offer the potential to close the divide and reunite the community.
The day Lutie Painter takes the city bus north instead of the school bus west, cutting class for the first time ever, her aunt and uncle have no idea what she is up to. They cannot prevent her from riding into danger. That same morning, Lutie’s pastor, Miss Veola, whispers as always, “This is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” A block from Miss Veola and up a hill in Chalk, Train Greene, thin and hungry, burns with anger. He has a decision to make, and he’s running out of time. A few miles away, among finer houses, Kelvin Hartley yawns and gets ready for another day at school, where he is a friend to all and makes an effort at nothing. And Doria Bell, who recently moved to the South from Connecticut, walks to the bus stop, hoping the high school kids who live nearby will say hello. All of these lives intertwine and—in surprising ways—become connected to Lutie’s ancestors, who are buried in the cemetery in Chalk. Who would have dreamed that the long-dead Mabel Painter, who passed down the Laundry List songs to her great-great-granddaughter Lutie, had passed along a piece of American history that speaks to so many who feel lost and need hope. Big changes are in store for all, and things will never be the same. In this luminous novel, Caroline B. Cooney delves deeply into a Southern community. Cooney reveals the comfort, inspiration, and hope its members draw from the power of faith, the glory of music, and the meaning of family.
Caroline B. Cooney is the author of Family Reunion; Goddess of Yesterday (an ALA Notable Children’s Book); The Ransom of Mercy Carter; Tune in Anytime; Burning Up; The Face on the Milk Carton (an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Book) and its companions, Whatever Happened to Janie? and The… More about Caroline B. Cooney
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