- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (1999)
- ASIN: B002B1QG68
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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This is Graceanne's Book
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I did so without pausing. When I closed the
book's cover at four in the morning, I knew that
I had just been privileged to experience a tale
of American literature that will remain in my
heart and my mind's eye forever.
The second time I read the novel, I found myself
poring over the chapters -- absorbing the beauty
of Whitney's vivid settings and inventive dialogue.
I treated myself to a few chapters each day, wanting
to prolong my reunion with the lovable and precocious
Charlie (the boy narrator) and his irrepressible yet
noble sister Graceanne.
Whitney archived a time in American history when
women struggled for financial independence; society
struggled with racial issues; and children struggled
to remain out of crossfire of their elders.
The kids of Cranepool's Landing didn't have television,
they had something far greater: imagination, and a gritty
determination to puzzle through life's mysteries on their
own terms, using their own self-taught codes of honor.
Charlie, Graceanne, Wanda, Kentucky, and Collier
will win your heart as Jem, Dil and Scout did in
"To Kill a Mockingbird."
Reading "This is Graceanne's Book" gives you an insight
into the American experience that should not be overlooked.
THIS IS GRACEANNE'S BOOK transports the reader to the year 1960 and to Cranepool's Landing, Missouri, a small town on the bank of the Mississippi River. Nine-year-old Charlie Farrand tells the story of a year in the lives of the Farrand family, a year when the temperament of the river was variable and unpredictable. Sometimes it was tranquil, flowing with lazy calmness, and other times it was turbulent, its destructive currents leaving wreckage along its path. And so it was in the Farrand home.
It was the year of Ugly Blue Man. It was the year when a Negro girl became the Farrand kids' best friend. It was the year when twelve-year-old Graceanne was abused by her mother, and Charlie learned how to protect her, and Graceanne learned how to save herself. And it was the year when imagination and the magic of the planets saved them both.
Charlie's narrative voice is so clear and believable that I remembered what it felt like to be a child -- when you knew you weren't smart enough to understand things adults said and did; and when you wanted more than anything to be able to do things better, but you were just a kid, and you didn't know how. Charlie reminded me of how frustrating it was to be a kid.
Graceanne reminded me what it was like to be a kid, too -- when you had confidence to try anything because you knew you could do it; and when you had a brother and a sister you loved more than anything, but that didn't stop you from fighting with them. Graceanne reminded me of how smart I felt when I was a kid. Together, Charlie and Graceanne reminded me how wonderful, yet how difficult it was to be a child.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Is Graceanne's Book will stay in your heart and your mind long after all the pages have been turned. Read morePublished 13 months ago by E. Walden
The book is an easy read but it is a very complex structure. The style is fascinating. I found the book in a small ad in a local bulletin. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andre N. Van Chau
Very refreshing...it is set back in the ole days. You can't help but fall in love with these children. Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by Karen Rodgers
Wonderfully written. The characters are very well drawn out, especially Graceanne and her mother. The story is told from Graceanne's brother's perspective. Read morePublished on January 19, 2003
Very true to life story of a fractured family. You will have a hard time putting it down.Published on December 9, 2002
Once I began reading this book, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I was anxious to get back to the story to find out what happened to these children, always hoping that some... Read morePublished on July 30, 2002
The minute I finished this book I wanted to talk about it with someone. I wanted to explore the rich Missouri setting, the strong characters that are authentic and interesting, and... Read morePublished on May 17, 2002 by Meddie B. Finnegan
What an amazing book! The soul-touching story, combined with some of the most incredibly natural, infectious humor since Mark Twain, makes this one of the most uplifting books... Read morePublished on April 26, 2002 by Larry L. Looney
I devoured this book!! Maybe after the last one it was just too exciting to have a book with a plot... Read morePublished on February 28, 2002 by Abby