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Remember Box, The Paperback – November 1, 2000

4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

In this Christian novel, Sprinkle (author of the Sheila Travis mysteries and When Did We Lose Harriet?) deftly addresses racial tensions in the segregated South in 1949. Carley Marshall, an 11-year-old white girl, is forced to move in with her aunt and uncle in their sleepy village of Job's Corner, N.C., after her mother dies. Having been raised under the influence of her racially conservative grandmother, Carley is startled by the attitude of her preacher-uncle, a firm advocate of biblical equality. The town has similar concerns about him. For the people of Job's Corner, eating meals prepared by blacks is de rigueur, while sitting down to table with them is another matter entirely. In Uncle Steven, Sprinkle has crafted a strong yet sympathetic character whose ideas on race and social justice are ahead of their time. In his wife, Kate, torn between her love for her husband and her fear of what people will think of them, Sprinkle allows readers to see the toll such visionary leadership can have on a family. Written as a flashback, the novel is aptly named as the grown-up Carley struggles to write the true story of what happened in Job's Corner in 1949 from a box of tangible memories. Readers will enjoy Sprinkle's memorable cast of characters and unexpected plot twists, and be challenged by her message of racial equality. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-A novel that captures readers in short order. Now adults, Abby gives her cousin Carley a "remember box" that had belonged to Abby's mother. As Carley lifts the objects from the box, readers are given hints as to the importance of each piece but must read on to learn the whole story that unfolded so many years before as recorded by Carley. In 1949, when her mother died, 11-year-old Carley was sent to live with her Aunt Kate, Uncle Steven, four-year-old Abby, and infant John in Job's Corner, NC, where Steven was the new Presbyterian minister. Feisty, brave, and aware, young Carley faces the racial bigotry in herself and others that is the social norm of the time, bred into children by blacks and whites alike. The treachery of some adults is brought home when her uncle stands trial after being falsely accused of molestation, again when a black family friend is nearly convicted of murder, and in the dangerous encounter she has with the father she had thought was dead. She also witnesses the uncommon heroics and self-sacrifice that can be found in the most unexpected places. The story lures readers along as the pieces fall into place. The characters are steeped in reality, drawn convincingly and full of the surprises inherent in ordinary people. The story should provoke some interesting discussion about situations that are as real today as they were then.

Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Jobs Corner Chronicles
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310229928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310229926
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,632,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Patricia Sprinkle takes her readers back in time to the 1950s, an era that is as turbulent as it is gentle. She captures the slow friendliness of Southern hospitality and the cold cruel reality of racism and bigotry with startling realism, and conveys a wonderful story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a woman who is looking back at her past. Weaving an intriguing mystery among the remeniences of her young heroine, Carley, Sprinkle grabs her audience by the collar and doesn't let go until the final fascinating end. This is a great story!
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This tale of Carley and her year with her aunt and uncle and cousin is so well written! I kept having to stop to read bits of it to others around me just to share the way Patricia puts her words together. The story put me right there in that little community the whole way through. I could not put the book down.
While I did not grow up in North Carolina, this story struck a real chord with me. I found myself flooded with memories of my own childhood from a time when I stayed often with my grandparents in their old house in Florida.
I enjoyed "The Remember Box" so much that I have shared it as a Christmas gift with several of my friends.
Thank you, Patricia, for another great read!
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By A Customer on July 30, 2001
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So wonderful that after reading the Public Library copy I ordered it for myself so I could re-read it and share with family and friends! This was one of the best books I've read in quite a while. Right up there with Ya-ya Sisterhood and Lessons before Dieing.
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I got this book and read it after a recommendation from a good friend. It occurs in North Carolina (and a small bit in West Virginia), but has times and characters similar to when I grew up in Tennessee. The author does a fine job of making the characters real, and making their attitudes fit, even with their strangeness from a distant glance. It was very enjoyable, often predictable, but warm and fuzzy. I will read more by this author. Yet it never catches on fire with wild excitement; that is probably because it describes the times well.
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I loved this book. It is well written and reminds me of "To Kill a Mockingbird" both in quality and style. This was a book that I did not want to finish and I fell in love with the characters. The descriptions of life in a small town in the late 1940's resonated with me and her characterizations of people were dead on. There was enough mystery to satisfy my love of that genre but it was so evocative in it's painting of "the south" and it's struggle with the racial issues that I was hooked from the beginning. Because I live in Canada, it was a treat to bury myself in this totally different world. I could almost smell the magnolia's and feel the heat.
I especially enjoyed her ability to get into the mind of an 11 year old and to see the world through her eyes. Rang true all the way through the book. Ms Sprinkle has written a winner and I look forward to reading more of her books.
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By A Customer on April 3, 2001
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This book was so wonderful!!!! I love the map that is provided at the beginning of the book, it's a handy reference. I enjoyed Carly's character, she is so curious/nosey, listening in on conversations by hiding in various spots around the house and remembering/questioning pieces of wisdom that she has gotten from adults. What a joy to read, I didnt want it to end.
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Ms Sprinkle is a master of story telling. Her characters are well written and make you want to read all of her books. She knows how to hold your interest and keep you turning back to her books time after time. I will be looking for more of her books.
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A very good and realistic novel from the 50's and 60's era. All the characters were so well developed, I felt I knew them personally. Most of the story line leads up to several events toward the end of the book and are resolved in a very heartfelt way.
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