Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Google Custom Search

Bayard, Louis.
New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2016.
ISBN: 1627793909

Click on the book to read Amazon reviews
When fourteen-year-old Melia’s mother Brenda dies, resourceful Melia is determined to survive the tough days of the Depression in rural Virginia. Not only does she run Brenda’s Oasis, the family auto repair shop and gas station, but she also cares for her younger siblings Earle and Janey and fights to stave off villainous Standard Oil entrepreneur Harley Blevins, who is plotting to take over Melia’s business. To ward off the Warren County Juvenile Court and the specter of foster homes, however, underage Melia needs an adult parent – so she makes a deal with Hiram Watts, a drunken hobo who has fallen off a coal truck, to act as their father. The unpromising Hiram turns out of be a wise advisor and a brilliant player in the battle with Blevins. A terrific cast of characters, a fast-moving plot, and the gutsy and outspoken Melia combine to make this a wonderful read. (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:   Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Poverty -- Fiction.
                        Virginia -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.

Main Page ** Author List ** Title List ** New This Month ** Interest Level ** Subject List ** FAQ's ** Contributors ** Booktalking Tips **Book Review Sources ** Reading lists ** Reading lists ** Awards **Nancy Keane's Children's Website **
Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is
licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License