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Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different Hardcover – October 14, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385735693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385735698
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,441,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–7—Eleven-year-old Autumn wants nothing more than to leave Cades Cove for the greater excitement of Knoxville, but she doesn't want to see it destroyed in the making of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Government workers have assured her enthusiastic grandfather that their town will be outside the boundaries, and will prosper from the tourist trade. But Autumn learns from the CCC workers that this is not true and she watches them tear down her childhood home. She has to get Gramps to change his mind. Setting her story in eastern Tennessee in 1934, Tubb ably conveys the beauty of the park area as well as less-attractive aspects of its history. Besides being a "sneak and a schemer" in Autumn's eyes, Gramps is a lively storyteller, and bits of Appalachian folklore are smoothly woven into the narrative. He is really the focus of the novel, the character who changes and whose efforts preserve at least a portion of the family's world. In spite of her folksy first-person voice, Autumn doesn't really come alive to lift the story beyond its historical and geographical interest.—Kathleen Isaacs, Towson University, MD
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From Booklist

In1934, spunky 11-year-old Autumn Winifred Oliver lives in picaresque Cades Cove, deep in the Great Smoky Mountains. Her crusty Grandpa is involved in a federal plan to convert the surrounding land into a national park, which would allow the locals to cash in on the anticipated tourism. But after Autumn realizes that the government is actually plotting to level Cades Cove, she tries everything in her power to stop the destruction. She writes a letter to Mr. John D. Rockefeller, requesting that he withdraw his funding, and she even turns her flatulent bloodhound loose on a group of park builders. While the eventual compromise is not entirely pleasing to either side, Autumn is satisfied that she did her best to keep her precious holler “as durn near perfect as possible.” Tubb’s inventive heroine comes across as a female version of familiar characters, such as Gary Paulsen’s Harris or Robert Newton Peck’s Soup. This homespun tale, full of folksy humor and based on historical fact, will appeal to young fans of Deborah Wiles’ and Ruth White’s books. Grades 4-6. --Jennifer Hubert

More About the Author

I am basically a big dork who would still be going to school if they'd let me. (But they won't, cause that'd just be weird.) So instead I write historical fiction! All of the research, none of the tests - I've got the best job in the world, doncha think?

SELLING HOPE was given a starred review by Booklist, who said it was "a bouncy tale populated by a terrific cast of characters!" And AUTUMN WINIFRED OLIVER DOES THINGS DIFFERENT has been nominated for the Volunteer State Book Award (2011-2012 list) and was chosen to represent the State of Tennessee in the Pavilion of States at the 2009 National Book Festival. I'm delighted to have AUTUMN serve as Tennessee's ambassador!

I love hearing from readers! Please contact me through my website: www.kristintubb.com. You're also invited to swing by my blog: www.kristintubb.blogspot.com.

Do things different!

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This is a great book for teens and pre-teens.
Gary Owen
You'll be charmed by the folk tales, old-time remedies and superstitions woven seamlessly by author Kristin O'Donnell Tubb throughout the story.
Cynthia Hudson
Her authentic characters, hilarious plot twists, and sense of place make for a satisfying read for all ages.
Jessica E. Young

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Knapp on July 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Autumn Winifred Oliver lives "in a small speck of a town" in the Smoky Mountains, back when church bells tolled to tell you someone died, rather than an IM pinging on a Blackberry. This book is a lot of fun if you are a fan of Richard Peck, Sterling North, Deborah Wiles and Francis O'Roark Dowell. Autumn is a spunky, spirited youngster with a strong will and a loving family, doing her chores, making friends, learning to roller skate and generally growing up in a quieter and less hectic time.
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By Glenda Kelly on April 20, 2014
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Kristin Tubb did an outstanding job with this book. Revisits the Cade's Cove history. I home school and will use this in our studies. Thank you Kristin.
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Kristin O'Donnell Tubb has done her usual whimsical work, here, with the story of Autumn, a girl who wants to do things her way in a small town in the Smoky Mountains. She works to try and solve the mystery of who is behind the building of the park in her small community and, at the beginning, is torn by loyalties on either side. One of the many qualities I really enjoyed about this book were the humorous insights and asides that Autumn shares with the readers. Young readers who feel a bit not like everyone else and who have a sense of humor will really like this book!
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What different things does Autumn Winifred Oliver do? She uses sticks to prop open each beak of a gaggle of geese that threaten to eat her grandpa's garden. She rides an empty pine coffin down a flooded creek. She uses an "overweight, flatulent mutt in the Lord's house" to teach a lesson to some high-high-falutin outsiders who have made themselves unwelcome in her homespun community of mountainous east Tennessee.
And she does it all with humor and style.
Autumn is the story of a girl trying to save her home, and to understand what home really means. In this Depression-era adventure set in the Great Smoky Mountains, she struggles to figure out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys in a moral landscape that seems constantly in flux.
Kristin O'Donnell Tubb has crafted a sweet, sad and funny look at changes faced by many when progress and tradition collide. Her story is a page-turner; her "Autumn" is unforgettable.
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A Kid's Review on April 28, 2012
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My mom bought me this book while we were in Cades Cove. I started reading it that night and I had finished by the end of the trip. I couldn't put it down! The book places Autumn in the real Cades Cove, during the time when the government were trying to turn it into a national park. It tells the story of how the people in the cove were fighting to stay on their land and in their homes. It's an amazing book. It's fun to see all of Autumn;s adventures. I was 11 when I first read it and I felt like in a way I could relate to her and the way she felt about things. I'm 13 now and I feel the same way. I definitely reccomend it!!!
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Autumn Winifred Oliver uses any means necessary (including a stick of dynamite stolen from the U.S. government) to try to save her hometown from becoming a national park. Kristin O'Donnell Tubb's debut novel entertains with laugh out loud humor while teaching a history lesson about the development of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fans of Richard Peck's novels should enjoy this book.
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A wonderful and unique read for middle grade girls and boys, fans of Tennessee, US history, or the National Parks, or anyone who likes to "do things different!" Plucky heroine Autumn keeps the reader guessing what her next move will be in as she tries to save her Cades Cove home. Tubb works in tons of Tennessee and US history, but readers will be too entertained to realize how much they're learning. Her authentic characters, hilarious plot twists, and sense of place make for a satisfying read for all ages.
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