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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385736770
  • ASIN: B004KAB5S2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5–8—Annie, almost 10, and her pregnant mother are spending the summer of 1963 with Annie's grandparents on their North Carolina farm. Then the long-awaited baby is born prematurely and dies the following day. Annie is devastated and doesn't know how to deal with her grief. Her Air Force father is currently stationed in Germany, and her mother sinks into a deep depression and withdraws from the family. Avoiding the house, Annie often explores the nearby woods where she meets an elderly woman who becomes her friend and confidant. Miss Eliza is living in a shack that belongs to an individual who, according to local legend, was sent to prison years earlier for murdering her husband. Before long, Miss Eliza shares the story of her past with Annie, who continues their friendship despite the community's negative attitudes. Gradually, with the help of Miss Eliza and her supportive grandparents, Annie begins to accept her sister's death, but it takes Annie's near-death experience with a swarm of yellow jackets to pull her mother back to reality. The characters and setting are finely drawn and the author has an acute sense of how time seems to pass more slowly for children than adults. The love of family members for one another is heartwarming. A well-written and enjoyable novel.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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About the Author

Edith M. Hemingway has coauthored two Civil War novels. This is her first solo novel. She lives in Frederick, Maryland.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sue Poduska on September 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The death of a child touches a wide circle of people. In Road to Tater Hill, Ms. Hemingway does a wonderful job of exploring the effects of that loss. More than the story of the death of a sister, the book also evokes the emotions involved in many relationships and the far-reaching changes that can take place. Spending the summer in the North Carolina mountains with her grandparents and her mother, eleven-year-old Annie goes from little girl to young adolescent as she learns about grief, friendship, and family. Annie befriends a mysterious mountain woman who has dealt with her own grief. Annie also learns that even a young neighbor boy is not unaffected by her family's loss. The readers get a look at American life in the 1960's and much to identify with. This is a very moving and well-told story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Crumpton on October 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Annie is turning 11, and her whole world is up-ended. This rich close-up of the North Carolina mountains in the early 60s makes a settled backdrop for this little girl's journey. Thick with tradition, sense of place and the stability of family life (in Annie's family and in the Millers down the road), Annie's childhood is snatched away with the death of her newborn sister. Mother is depressed and grows more distant as the days slip away. Even Annie's reliable friendship with Bobby Miller is suddenly awkward and strange. Everything hurts. Then Annie sees the mysterious woman, and the story takes a turn--
Turns like these are never easy, but this story moves toward life and hope. Annie is a girl of tremendous courage. Her story is a story of strength and hope. Bravo!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Miller on December 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Although centered around a pre-teen girl, this book was enjoyable for an adult as well. The book took me back to when I was a young girl of 11, just like Annie. The story is at first so heartbreaking, but is the story of unconditional love of a family and also friends. The mystery component makes it even more intriguing. I was crying by about page 2, and couldn't put it down until it was finished. Well done.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Children's Book Reporter on October 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Annie has spent every summer with her grandparents in North Carolina, but in the summer of 1963, she expects things to be different: her military father is overseas in Germany and her mother is expecting a baby, Annie's first sibling. But things turn out more different than she could have imagined: the baby, Mary Kate, dies shortly after a premature birth, Annie's mother is caught in a cruel state of depression, and Annie meets a strange woman...who just might be a murderer, if the town gossips are right--or who just might be the only person who can understand Annie and help her overcome her grief.
Edith Hemingway crafts Road to Tater Hill with considerable literary skill. The plot is slightly slow and not particularly original, but don't let the slow beginning keep you from getting to the heart of the story. Annie's voice is fresh and genuine, showcasing a clear understanding of the mind and heart of a 10-year-old girl. Some lovely descriptions very successfully bring to life the time period and setting; the little North Carolina town has a personality all its own, nearly as vibrant as the characters who occupy it.
(You can read my full review at my blog:[...])
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Format: Kindle Edition
I love this book!!! It's so emotional and could compare to people out there. It could probably even help people. It's a great book! Way to go Edith M. Hemingway!!!:)
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By pieface on May 8, 2014
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I couldn't put this book down! As a middle school librarian, I read a lot of juvenile literature, and I must say that this was one of the best books I've read in a while. The characters are well-developed, and I was especially impressed with how the author handled the subject of depression. I highly recommend this book.
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By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2014
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It made me cry and smile. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read it in close to three hours. Everyone should read.
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By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2014
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That is one of the best books I have ever read. It is the best book ever. And it was not that hard
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