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?
Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Poverty; Physical disability; impoverished family; financial hardship; blind; blind child
mother and father
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
North Carolina; song writing; holler; pregnancy; music; grandmother; talent; mountains; responsibilities
Madden, Kerry, "Gentle's Holler" (2005). Diverse Families. 1977.