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Kimberly Willis Holt

Autor/a de When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

22+ obres 5,421 Membres 323 Ressenyes 1 preferits

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Kimberly Willis Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida September 9, 1960, but spent most of her childhood in Forest Hill, Louisiana. Kimberly is a children's writer, most famous for writing When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 1999. She mostra'n més has also won, or been shortlisted, for a number of prestigious awards: Mister and Me, My Louisiana Sky, Dancing in Cadillac Light, Keeper of the Night, Waiting for Gregory, Part of Me, Skinny Brown Dog, Piper Reed Navy Brat, Piper Reed the Great Gypsy, and Piper Reed Gets a Job. Kimberly lives in Amarillo, Texas. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Kimberly Willis Holt

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (1999) 1,877 exemplars
Piper Reed: Navy Brat (2007) 881 exemplars
My Louisiana Sky (1998) 756 exemplars
Mister and Me (1998) 495 exemplars
Dancing In Cadillac Light (2001) 257 exemplars
The Water Seeker (2010) 187 exemplars
Keeper of the Night (2003) 165 exemplars
Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen (2008) 121 exemplars
Dear Hank Williams (2015) 94 exemplars
Piper Reed Gets a Job (2009) 68 exemplars
Piper Reed, Campfire Girl (2010) 65 exemplars
Skinny Brown Dog (2007) 50 exemplars
Waiting for Gregory (2006) 41 exemplars
Piper Reed, Forever Friend (2012) 36 exemplars
The Ambassador of Nowhere Texas (2021) 22 exemplars
Piper Reed, Rodeo Star (2011) 19 exemplars
Dinner with the Highbrows (2014) 19 exemplars
The Lost Boy's Gift (2019) 15 exemplars
The Hurricane Girls (2023) 10 exemplars

Obres associades

Destination Unexpected: Short Stories (2003) — Col·laborador — 76 exemplars


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FROM AMAZON: The lives of four generations of one Louisiana family, woven together by a master storyteller

Tracing a family's roots is like taking a journey through the years. In the case of one Louisiana family, that journey can be charted by the books they read and loved.

The journey begins in 1939 with Rose, who moves with her mother and siblings from rural Texas to live with their estranged grandfather in the Louisiana bayou. Rose connects with this flavorful community through her love of books and by driving a bookmobile. Two decades later, Merle Henry, Rose's son, is more passionate about trapping a mink than about reading, although there is a place in his heart for Old Yeller. In 1973, Merle Henry's daughter, Annabeth, feels torn between reading fairy tales and a crush on a real-life knight in shining armor. And in the present day, Annabeth's son, Kyle, finds himself in a bind: he hates reading, but the only summer job he can get is at the library.

In her people-smart way, Kimberly Willis Holt introduces us to a Louisiana family: touching, lyrical, and always intriguing, their stories reveal the powerful connections between four generations.
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Gmomaj | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Sep 10, 2023 |
I think I had different expectations for this book than what I was given. When I was told a post 9/11 take, I was truly expecting a tale that took place in the aftermath of 9/11. That IS a subplot for sure (a boy comes to town whose father has gone missing on that fateful Tuesday morning).....and another girl's life has been impacted by travelling that day.

However, this is more of a small town story. A story centered around a family....and of a girl searching for answers. Perhaps it is due to my NOT realizing this was a "sequel" of sorts, perhaps because I didn't know that the mystery about an individual had started in a previous book....but I found myself going "eh" throughout most of "The Ambassador of Nowhere Texas." I did not have the back story or history or the investment.

All told, this is not going to be a middle grade I gravitate towards recommending.
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msgabbythelibrarian | Jun 11, 2023 |
This book is really individual stories of several generations of a Louisiana family. The stories are loosely intertwined and at the end tied together by the theme of love for books! I listened to the audiobook, and the reader was great. Some people may feel that the stories were too spare or didn't explain enough about what happened to each character, but I loved the way each story answered some question about the last and hinted toward the next.
CarolHicksCase | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Mar 12, 2023 |
A beautiful tale of a young girl living in Louisiana with her beloved grandmother, father and mother. While Tiger Parker deeply loves her parents, she is supremely embarrassed because her parents are retarded (the term used in this book published in 1998,)

Watching school mates laugh at her parents, and make fun of them is very difficult. And, while Tiger wants more for herself and her parents, she is also torn between her love of them, and her wish that they were "normal," creating a dilelma that has no easy answer.

Her grandmother does a wonderful job of reminding Tiger of the specialness of her parents, and the love they share for each other and for others, still Tiger couldn't help but even hate the name given to her by her parents.

When her aunt came to visit, she wished her parents could have been born as savvy and beautiful. Tiger appreciates the small things that her parents do, but when a TV becomes obsessive for her mother who loves to watch the Howdy Dowdy show and can repeat every line of the show, it only heightens the realization that her parents are very uniquely unlike the parents of her classmates.

Sadly, Tiger's grandmother died, leaving the issue of who would be able to watch after Tiger, and her parents. Tiger's aunt believes that her parents would be fine alone, and that Tiger deserves to have a life of nice clothes, a good education, and a lifestyle so very different then what she currently experiences.

Tiger went with her aunt for a short trip, and returned believing she would like to move away to a way out of the snickers and put downs. Tiger is faced with a major life-changing decision.

This is all that a YA book should portray. A story line with strong characters, a young person in conflict, and the need to make a major decision.

Three and 1/2 stars!
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Whisper1 | Hi ha 28 ressenyes més | Feb 13, 2023 |



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