The other characters resolved their issues, but the grandmother was just sort of dropped form the story? This audience is sophisticated with high expectations. He got into fights and landed in jail a couple of times. I am really happy that I won this novel, because I really liked it. I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads. The grandma got a little annoying at times. The cover has to do with the story and is one of my favorites of 2011. The story is about a young girl, Elvira, in the post war 1940s.
It deals with a family that has lost it's father in the war. Elvira was a lonely girl who found solace in reading, and the reoccurring dream that she had made perfect sense at the end of the story. I especially enjoyed the mystical aspect to this. It deals with a family that has lost it's father in the war. Insight Dina Greenwood 218 pages Realistic fiction Elvira. But Jessie also carries a secret about the father she never met --- a secret so powerful that when her mother, Connie, learns of it, she sends the family on a journey to California with a traveling preacher.
What can you tell us about your research process? Today, she still has those childhood editions on her bookshelf and spends her days writing stories of young people embarking Diana Greenwood grew up with the Bobbsey Twins, Laura Ingalls, Huck and Tom, the Hardy Boys, Jo, Francie Nolan, and Oliver Twist. It's a very clean book and has a slight emphasis on God and religion, though not overwhelming, to me. Elvira Witsil feels as if no one ever pays any attention to her, she has never really had any friends because most of the townspeople look down on her family because her father was an alcoholic. Believe I have entered many contests, but I finally won. In their house, she felt unnoticed — only noticed when people need her help with household chores. It centers around a poor family in the late 1940s.
They realize Jessie has a gift. The faith element comes in as the main character Elvira comes to terms with her missing father. The faith element comes in as the main character Elvira comes to terms with her missing father. This powerful teen manuscript tells the story of a family's journey toward forgiveness and a young woman's journey toward faith. I felt that the only purpose served by the setting was to give the father a place to have disappeared to the war. In a house crowded with her mother, her cantankerous grandmother, and her little sister, Jessie, Elvira feels forgotten and alone.
They are both very mean and inattentive to the main character and the grandmother is equally mean to the mother. And the ending was perfect. Their Grandmother is possibly one of the most horrid, mean spirited characters that I have read in a long time and I feel that the only nice thing she did in the book was pretty much when she told her daughter to shut it and leave Elvira alone. This is a story about a girl, Elvira and her family, in the 1940's. Elvira finds God throughout the course of the story, and the story ends with a strong statement about faith.
The traveling preacher,Don, taught Elvira about a God who could be her friend. I'm happy to say, that I was engaged in the character, Elvira, within the first few pages. But I loved the cover just as well. Over the years, the most memorable books—those that have stuck with me because of storyline or a strong character or a particular setting I could not forget—have been young adult or middle grade books. But the one reasone they are leaving is because: Jessie is a Seer. I especially enjoyed the mystical aspect to this.
I wasn't expecting the time period of the book to be in the 1940's. Nine months after Ray left, Jessie is born. I didn't know what to expect for this book, I think the synopsis doesn't describe very well what the book is about. I won it on Good Reads Giveaways. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.
The setting is 1940's rural america. The ending of the book completely shocked me. Father Ray was a dysfuntional alcoholic father, enlisted in the military, and has been declared missing in action in the Pacific. It's just over 200 pages long so it's not very long, but it was a slow read for me. The storyline was okay, until I figured out where this book was going.
Thank goodness my editor caught that mistake and also has a sense of humor. Elvira's voice grabbed me from the first sentence and didn't let go until the very end. I should have been able to read this book in one sitting, but those parts had me setting the book down to pinch my nose between my thumb and forefinger in annoyance. His ship was torpedoed and all crew lost at sea. The novel moved along at a quick pace and told the story of a coming-of-age girl Elvira with a dysfunctional family. This is a novel worth reading.