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Eli the Good Hardcover – September 22, 2009

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Starred Review. Grade 5–8—Eli, 10, spends the summer of 1976 riding bikes with his friend Edie, reading Anne Frank's diary, talking with his Aunt Nell, and watching his Vietnam-vet father experience flashbacks. He observes his mother trying to ride out various storms: 16-year-old Josie's rebellious attitude; the anger between her husband and his sister, Nell (who protested the war); and the flashes of violence and despair that wrack her spouse. Eli is curious, thoughtful, and not above eavesdropping or snooping through personal letters to find out things that his family would prefer to keep private. He learns that Nell came home with cancer; that he and Josie do not share a biological father; and how his father felt after killing a man in the war. Nell nicknames him Eli the Good, and he is. He is a decent kid, just trying to understand his family and the world around him. He makes mistakes, but he learns from them, and simply wants the best for those he loves. House writes beautifully, with a gentle tone. He lays out Eli's world in exquisite detail. A Bicentennial celebration, along with mentions of pop songs and clothing styles, sets the stage, but never takes over the narrative. The story flows along as steadily as a stream, carrying readers and Eli to the end of summer and beyond, into a coda where he is an adult. Eli is good company and children will enjoy accompanying him on his journey.—Geri Diorio, The Ridgefield Library, CT
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About the Author

Silas House is the nationally best-selling author of the award-winning novels CLAY'S QUILT, A PARCHMENT OF LEAVES, and THE COAL TATTOO. He serves as writer-in-residence at Lincoln Memorial University and lives in eastern Kentucky with two daughters and two dogs.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763643416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763643416
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bobbi Rightmyer on October 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Silas House is the bestselling Kentucky author of CLAY'S QUILT, PARCHMENT OF LEAVES and THE COAL TATTOO - all centering around several generations of the same family growing up in the hills of Eastern Kentucky. With this book, Silas tries his hand a writing for young adults and he has ended up with an endearing look at a slice of life from the summer of 1976.

Eli Book is a ten year old boy, living like most children of the 1970s - riding his bicycle all over town, splashing in the town creek and enjoying hot summer days with his best friend Edie. This is really the coming of age story of how Eli deals with the overwhelming situations of strife in his young life.

Eli has undying love for his parents, Loretta and Stanton Book, but his growing curiosity of the secrets they both carry is threatening to eat him alive. Eli feels jealousy of his mother's unconditional love for his father - he wants to be the number one love of her life. Eli is filled with uncertainty and longing to understand his father's past as a Vietnam veteran and the nightmares that consume his dreams.

There is also underlying tension from Eli's sister, Josie, as she comes to grips with the fact that her mother was pregnant with her before Loretta and Stanton were married - she is not Stanton's biological daughter, but he has raised her as such. Then there is Stanton's way-ward, wildflower of a sister, Nell, who comes to live with the family for the summer. Stanton has unresolved feelings for his little sister because he feels betrayed that she was a war protester.

And then there is Edie, the sweet little girl from next door who has been Eli's best friend and confidante. Their friendship is pure and an accurate portrayal of childhood innocence of past decades.
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Format: Hardcover
Eli the Good is a beautifully crafted and compelling novel about love, war, and the meaning of family.To me this book felt timeless, something you could read over and over again and still get something new out of it. It brought you back to your childhood and made you remember what it was like being a kid on the edge of discovering a complicated world. Eli had so much wisdom to tell you have to slow down, savor the words, and listen. It's doesn't matter if the setting is in 1976 or that the Vietnam war has long pasted, realistically the world has not changed; we are still fighting wars we cannot end, families are still families, and love is still love.I loved how the book is set in the 70s because it was like taking a peak into what life might have been for my mom, who was sixteen (the same age as Josie) in 1976. I enjoyed the references to songs and artists like the "Rubber Band Man", ABBA, David Cassidy, etc. (I'm actually quite familiar with 70s music because my sister listens to Kasey Kasen every Saturday morning.)Since Eli is a country boy, he lives in small town, rides his bike, and likes trees. (Exactly how I grew up as well.) Because Eli loves trees, House incorporates the meaning of life into this story, something that is all too often forgotten.House is a gifted writer and I wouldn't be the least surprised if one day Eli House became a classic, in fact, I hope it does.Overall, I highly encourage both teens and adults alike to read this earthy and touching American novel. You will never forget it.

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Despite this book not having much of a plot (it's more of a "slice of life" story focusing on a 10-year-old boy in 1976), I quite liked it. All of the characters were interesting in their own way, and I wanted to keep reading to find out more. While I wish there had been more of an actual story, I still came away from the book feeling like I had enjoyed it. The events unfold slowly, like a lazy summer's day, but there's still enough history and emotion behind them that they pack quite an emotional punch.

As a character-driven story, it works quite well. If you require the stories you read to have well-defined beginnings, middles, and ends, you may be disappointed.
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I didn't read this book until several years after the it was recommended to me by friends who admire, respect and are proud of the way Silas House can transform the rich heritage of life in Kentucky. I always picture his characters in a familiar-to-me locale; but they speak to the universality of family, friends and life everywhere.
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Absolute treasure. I read this book in one glorious afternoon because I could not put it down. I have already put it in the hands of my son and plan to pass it to all the readers I know. This book should make the Newberry list this year.
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I felt it was a nice, simple story about another time and age. However, even though Eli was a product of the 70s, his childhood experiences are truthful to most children at that age - at least prior to the digital age - where a child's adventures and escape started once he stepped outside his house. This was my first book by Silas House, but will surely read some others.
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I want to be Eli when I grow up (60+ years old now!). What a wonderful story of family and the damages war can do to individuals and those that love that person. I was in my early 20's when the Viet Nam war was ongoing. I know those that lost their lives there and those that returned. I do not know any that talk about their experiences. This story helped to let me know what they might have experienced and the damage this war did to them. I feel like it would help anyone who has a loved one in the military understand what they might have been through - no matter which war. I wish that veteran's from the Viet Nam war could talk openly more often because so many of us do care. Eli the Good was a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to anyone - not just young adults (although I think it might need to be required reading to any young person with a parent in the military today!)
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