Gentle's Holler

Title

Gentle's Holler

Authors

Kerry Madden

Publisher

Viking

Publication Year

2005

ISBN

9780670059980

Pages

256 pages

Genre

historical

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

The sixties may have come to other parts of North Carolina, but with Mama pregnant again, Daddy struggling to find work, and nine siblings underfoot, nobody in the holler has much time for modern-day notions. Especially not twelve-year-old Livy Two, aspiring songwriter and self-appointed guardian of little sister Gentle, whose eyes "don't work so good yet." Even after a doctor confirms her fears, Livy Two is determined to make the best of Gentle's situation and sets out to transform the family's scrappy dachshund into a genuine Seeing-Eye dog. But when tragedy strikes, can Livy Two continue to stay strong for her family?

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

880L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Poverty; Physical disability; impoverished family; financial hardship; blind; blind child

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

SIBA Book Award, 2006, Nominee
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2005 Ages (9 to 12)
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2005
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Ninth Edition, 2006
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2005 Stories for Older Readers
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 2005

Keywords

North Carolina; song writing; holler; pregnancy; music; grandmother; talent; mountains; responsibilities

Diversity Impact

direct

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