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How High the Moon: A Novel Paperback – April 6, 2010
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Teddy is a decent man with a gentle love for Teaspoon and tries to raise her to high standards, but the jumping bean girl quells that endeavor. Her wild nature and imagination drive her to many predicaments dragging along, Charlie, the little neighbor boy dropped on his great grandma's porch step. When trouble comes a courting, Teaspoon grabs the shaking lad's hand and they go a dancing their way into a whirlwind of shady adventures.
Born with a huge, beautiful voice that knocks the socks off listeners by the time she is 5, Teaspoon's true dream is that her mother will return and take her on the road to success. She practices to be a "girlie girl" but has only the "Taxi Cab Ladies" to be her mentors. Teaspoon is enthralled by the lovely ladies, heavily made-up, doused in perfume, provocatively attired, who hang in front of the drugstore till the taxi picks them up to go for a ride....this happens several times a day.....hmmmmmmmm.
Ms. Kring writes her world weary characters with such warmth, such richness, such creativity, that instead of being bogged down in gloom the reader kicks their heals to Sandra's fiddle of humor. This author's prose is ever flowing, filled with similes and colloquial folksiness, smooth and precise. Entertaining and yet poignant. Quality with substance.
This is such an enjoyable read; treat yourself to laughs, to a plotline that is first rate, and a story that infuses you with hope.
After being abandoned by her Hollywood chasing mother, 10-year-old singing sensation Isabella "Teaspoon" Marlene is left in the care of her mother's former boyfriend, Teddy, and dreams of the day she'll be a star. Poor in the pocketbook, Teddy's rich in spirit as he does his best to raise the highly rambunctious Teaspoon alone. Always singing and fantasizing about the year her mother will triumphantly return, Teaspoon is as spunky and tomboyish as any little girl can get, which usually lands her in a heap of trouble with a line-up of other delightful and captivating characters. When Teddy can no longer take her shenanigans, Teaspoon agrees to clean up her act. Joining the Sunshine Sisters mentorship program, she's paired with Mill Town's favorite teenage sweetheart and beauty queen, Brenda Bloom. Brenda's family just happens to own Teaspoon's favorite theater in the entire Midwest, which makes her weekly visits a little more tolerable. As the unlikely pair develops a heartwarming friendship, Teaspoon is filled with a new sense of contentment.Read more ›
Teddy is man who care deeply for Teaspoon. She tells people, "Teddy is the boyfriend Ma left me with", but "Teddy is as good as Jesus". Poor Teddy has his work cut out for him. He learns that Teaspoon has let her school work slide, and that she might not get promoted to the sixth grade. She also starts getting into fights, so something has to change. She reluctantly joins a group called The Sunshine Sisters, a mentoring program, aimed at changing the direction in life of wayward children. Her role models to date have been the Taxi Stand ladies who stand on the corner by the drug store, wear too much makeup and perfume and dress in skimpy, flashy clothing. To make matters worst they have taken a liking to Teaspoon.
Her Sunshine Sister experience pairs Teaspoon up with Brenda Bloom, and an unlikely bond is formed. A summer performance at the Starlight Theater Group, where Teaspoon gets to sing, has made a positive impact on her. She even hires the Taxi Stand ladies to do the makeup of those performing. Now she dreams about a possible singing career in her future.
MY THOUGHTS - There is so much more I could say about this wonderful story, but I don't want to give away too much detail. However, if you love coming of age stories set in small town America, with characters you will grow to love and care about, then this book will appeal to you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love all of Sandra Kring's novels. I feel like I'm a part of the story she tells. Like I know the charactersPublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this story Teaspoon was a delight reminded me of how sweet childhood is. How people are still goodPublished 6 months ago by Beth Ratzlaff
Keeps you glued in but at times it does border on fantasy. Weird weird stuff happens to these girls.Published 8 months ago by Priscilla Copple
Loved the characters and emotions. Really identified with everyone. Well written and beautiful story.Published 8 months ago by Marcy Hootner Sacco
Absolutely loved this story about a precocious little girl with a great since of humor. Though very young and not having the typical influences most ideally raised children would... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rose from Wisconsin
Little "Teaspoon" is quite the child! She holds nothing back (unless it might get her in trouble! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cynthia C. Huntington
Loved the story. Loved Teaspoon. Loved Charlie and loved Teddy.Published 9 months ago by Verna E. Bachelder