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Road to Tater Hill Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 8, 2009
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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!
This weekend I took a chapter book, knowing that I have way too many books started right now, but still hoping I would somehow get it read. Road to Tater Hill by Edith Hemingway was a great read. Set in 1963, Annie and her mother are spending the summer at her grandparents' in North Carolina while her father is in Germany with the army. Everyone had been looking forward to the birth of Annie's baby sister, who is born too prematurely and dies. This leaves everyone extremely sad, especially Annie's mother who just can't carry on after her loss. Annie spends a lot of time by herself and finds herself befriending Eliza McGee, fresh out of prison for killing her husband. She discovers there is a lot more to Eliza's story than most people know and Eliza is able to offer some words of wisdom to her new friend that help Annie understand what is happening at home.
I enjoyed the time period this story is set in - the connection between Jackie Kennedy's premature delivery of her son, Patrick, worked well.
I also enjoyed how much reading meant to Eliza and Annie, who shared books and talked about them from time to time. And, there was also a little suspense thrown in, the way in which the author worked that in was also interesting, and I so appreciated it didn't match what I was predicting was going to happen.
This is one book I will be recommending and book talking to my upper elementary students. I can see several of my girls snatching it right up.
Upon playing in the woods and caring for a 'rock baby', Annie stumbles upon Miss Eliza. Despite her shady past, Miss Eliza becomes a true friend and confidant to Annie. With Miss Eliza's help, Annie begins to understand what her family is going through and how long it takes to heal from a tragedy.
Annie's character jumps off the page and the reader can feel her true grief, confusion and anger over what has happened to her family. You see how every person in touch with Annie's family deals with this loss in a different way and learn that none of them are the 'wrong' way.
One of the most compelling comparisons in the books is when Annie realizes even President Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, the most powerful couple in the US at the time, can't save their own baby (Patrick) who was born too early. Annie realizes it's not an isolated event and by now is mature enough to realize President Kennedy and his family are mourning just as much as Annie's mother.
After a summer of searching for a way to help her mother, and remember Baby Mary Kate, Annie's own near death experience brings her mother back from the edge of severe depression. Annie feels her mother's love once again and they begin to piece their life back together. The ending of the book is a new beginning for Annie, her mother and father; as Annie says, the pain of losing a loved one never goes away, it just gets easier to deal with over time.
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My ten year old daughter has just finished this book. It's the first book that ever made her cry. She is a strong reader but really picky and can lose interest in a story pretty... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kate Braithwaite
This is the kind of book that you can't put down. I was reading this for school over the weekend an I finished it the next day. WARNING before you start closer your schedulePublished 21 months ago by Bill Jerow
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!!!:)Published on May 25, 2014 by Vallie Vazquez
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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.Published on April 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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This was truly an amazing story, especially for us "mountain girls"! I recommend this for all ages. So many wonderful memories from this brave girl.Published on February 26, 2014 by Anne M. Sukow
this book was a great read. it was a definite page turner. i would never set it down, i had to continue reading. it was one of the best books ive readPublished on October 18, 2013 by diane hill
I love this book because if you are in the mood for a truly good book then choose this one it may be ad but it shoes how everyone has feeling and how the immediately change! Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer