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|Hope in the holler|
Author: Tyre, Lisa Lewis
Upon her mother's death, Wavie Conley, eleven, must go live with a scheming aunt in the Kentucky town her mother left behind.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 195328
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 1.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 72204
Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/15/17)
School Library Journal (+) (02/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 Gr 5–8—When her mother passes away from cancer, middle-schooler Wavie B. Conley comes under the care of Samantha Rose, the cruel aunt she's never met. Samantha Rose and Wavie's extended family are crude, verbally abusive slobs, and their run-down Kentucky neighborhood of Conley Holler is the opposite of the quiet life Wavie enjoyed with her mother. Wavie learns that Samantha Rose has taken her in for the sole purpose of frivolously spending Wavie's mother's social security checks. Wavie immediately knows: she can't stay in Conley Holler—known to the locals as Convict Holler—a second longer. With help from her new friends, the rough-and-tumble Gilbert and the super-student Camille, Wavie discovers a secret her mother kept from her…one that might rescue her from Samantha Rose's clutches. This is a masterpiece of middle grade fiction, at once summoning the timelessness of life in rural America while blending in modern elements, such as cell phones, Wal-Mart, and the Internet. Wavie's sincere narration and upbeat optimism carry her through the dark mysteries surrounding Conley Holler, and her close friendships with Gilbert and Camille are reminiscent of the young leads in J.K. Rowling's wizarding novels. Meanwhile, Samantha Rose is a devious villain worthy of a Roald Dahl novel. Though the book's conclusion is both satisfying and hopeful, the genuine nastiness Samantha Rose inflicts upon Wavie along the way may not sit well with more sensitive readers. VERDICT With well-written prose, a masterfully realized world, and characters that linger long after the novel closes, this is a must-purchase for any middle grade library collection.—Matisse Mozer, County of Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2018 Wavie has spent her first 12 years with her beloved mother in Arpo, Kentucky, sharing a small, tidy trailer. But when Mama dies of cancer and Wavie’s next home is uncertain, the brash Samantha Rose, Mama’s estranged sister, whisks Wavie away from everything she’s ever known to Mama’s hometown, the tiny Appalachian Conley (nicknamed Convict) Hollow. With the help of her newfound friends—smart-as-a-whip Camille and cutup Gilbert—Wavie sets out to find a permanent home for herself as the clock ticks down to the state finalizing her future. Anyone who’s spent time in the holler will recognize Conley Hollow, from its ramshackle double-wides to the old graveyard to the creek, all depicted with tenderness. Though Camille and Gilbert are fully realized, some members of Wavie’s long-lost family are more thinly drawn, particularly cousin Hoyt. Still, there’s much to savor: family secrets, budding friendships, and the never-extinguishing love of a mother for her daughter. A touching sophomore effort in which everyone is kin of one sort or another. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.