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A Girl Named Sooner Paperback – January 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Disc-Us Books (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584440139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584440130
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,712,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzanne Clauser is an award-winning script writer and novelist. For nearly a decade she wrote scripts for BONANZA and many movies of the week. She lives with her husband, Charlie, in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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It's hard to find the movie, so I was happy to find the book.
Speechless
The writer had such a magical way of making you feel like or were familiar with each character, especially, for me at the time.
Dan Fielding
I was given the book as a gift last year, best gift I've ever recieved.
Sooner McKay

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sooner McKay on September 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was named after this character, my mom having seen the television movie in 1975. I was given the book as a gift last year, best gift I've ever recieved. Sooner is the most innocent character. She faces turmoil and rejection without obvious effect. She's abandoned by her parents and left with her anti-maternal, opportunistic grandmother. The local sheriff finds a seemingly more appropriate place for her with a local couple. However, Sooner is not well recieved by the wife who harbors incredible self-resentment for not being able to have children of her own. Her outlook on life is so jaded, you almost want to hate her for the way she treats Sooner, who needs to be loved for once in her life. Eventually Sooner's innocence and defenslessness give the woman the strength to care and the will to live for something greater than herself. This book has such real people, and though it is an incredible example of hope and love, it's told with characters that are imperfect and seem almost incapable. It's obvious why I love this story. I will say that the dozens of people I've met that had seen the movie or read the book were so moved by it that it's stayed with them for nearly 25 years.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a truly wonderful book that will stay with the reader long after it is read. The characters are endearing and multi-layered and its story of love and place is remarkable. I love this book and the TV movie that followed starring Lee Remick, Cloris Leachman, and Richard Crenna, not to mention the little girl who played the "sooner" child. Read this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tina on April 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
i read this book many years ago . the story still stays with me . i would love to see the movie .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SOONIER GARRIS on January 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
I FIRST RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM A FRIEND WHEN I WAS IN THE 6TH GRADE. I WAS ACTUALLY NAMED AFTER THE TELEVISION MOVIE BASED ON THIS BOOK. MY MOTHER ADDED THE "I" TO MY NAME SO IT WOULD NOT BE MISTAKEN FOR THE REGULAR WORD-SOONER. ALTHOUGH, MY NAME IS PRONOUNCED THE SAME AS SOONER. WHEN I READ THE BOOK FOR A BOOK REPORT IN THE SEVENTH GRADE, I DON'T THINK I FULLY GRASPED THE MEANING OF THE STORY. NOW THAT I AM OLDER(24), I AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE BEEN NAMED AFTER SUCH A LOVELY STORY. A STORY THAT HAS TOUCHED PEOPLE SO MUCH THAT THEY WOULD NAME THEIR DAUGHTERS AFTER A GIRL NAMED SOONER.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Vineyard on February 16, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Story about a little girl named Sooner. Sooner comes from a very humble existance. She lives with her grandma who is a moon shiner. They live deep in the back woods. One day, the sheriff brings home the child to meet his wife. The sheriff and his wife were childless and he wanted to be kind to the child offering her foster care. He also wanted to see if this child could fill their void. They all go through several trial and tribulations. One very sad part is how this child wanted the approval of other children. She did something to earn their acceptance at a very large cost to her. Good book full of many tender moments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Speechless on April 7, 2012
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I saw this on TV years ago and have always wanted to find it again. It's hard to find the movie, so I was happy to find the book. I didn't even know it was a book, or I'd have gotten it a long time ago. I love to read, and this story pulled me right in. The author really knows how to paint a picture. I highly recommend it to anyone!
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