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Hilmo, Tess.
New York : Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011
ISBN 0374384657
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It’s 1957.  When 13 year old Olivene (Ollie) Love’s family arrives in Binder, Arkansas it feels like every other town they’ve stopped in before.  Ollie’s father is an itinerant preacher, and with no permanent home the entire family is involved in spreading his message of redemption and love.  When Ollie encounters Jimmy Koppel while passing out flyers for the evening revival she learns of his father’s murder and of his mother Virginia being jailed for that murder.  Ollie meets several of the town’s people, some who sympathize with Jimmy and others who are filled with hatred towards his family.  After spending time with Jimmy and talking to some of the townspeople Ollie’s sure Virginia is innocent.   But can she prove it?  Ollie has to convince her father to stay in Binder longer than their customary three days so she can uncover the truth.  The book is full of well-drawn characters.  You’ll feel the sticky Southern heat and the intense emotions, and you, just like Ollie, will want to know the answer to the mystery. (Booktalk written by Suzanne Wall-GSF Committee/Merrimack Public Library)
SUBJECTS:     Christian life -- Fiction.
                        Conduct of life -- Fiction.
                        Country life -- Arkansas -- Fiction.
                        Arkansas -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.

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