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Icy Sparks (1998)

de Gwyn Hyman Rubio

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At the age of ten, an Appalachian girl develops croaks, jerks and spasms, which leads to her explusion from school. After treatment--she has Tourette's syndrome--she learns to control herself, attends college and there is a happy ending.
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From the book jacket: Rural Kentucky in the 1950s is not an easy place to grow up, and it’s especially hard for ten-year-old Icy Sparks, an orphan who lives with her grandparents. Life becomes even more difficult for Icy when violent tics and uncontrollable cursing begin – symptoms brought on by a troubling affliction that goes undiagnosed until her adulthood.

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We know much more about Tourette’s Syndrome today than during the timeframe of this story, and I hope even the residents of rural Appalachia would be more compassionate about a young girl so afflicted.

Icy Sparks jumps off the pages of this book straight into the reader’s heart. This is a child who is curious, intelligent, kind, loving, and who learns to stand up to bullies and fight for herself. She shows empathy and compassion in her dealings with others even when they ostracize and belittle her. I loved her friendship with Miss Emily, an obese woman who knows a thing or two about being friendless and lonely. I wanted to throttle the teacher who so obviously hated this child. I was glad that the principal showed more genuine caring for Icy and that he made efforts to help and encourage her. And I can’t say enough bad things about the hospital worker who delighted in inflicting pain (physical and mental) on the vulnerable patients in her charge. As distressing as that episode was for Icy, it helped define the woman she would become.

Kate Miller does an excellent job narrating the audiobook. She brought these characters to life, and I really loved how she interpreted Icy. ( )
  BookConcierge | Dec 18, 2022 |
This one took me an inordinate amount of time to finish because I just couldn’t get into it. Being a counselor, I enjoy reading books about the ever changing world of psychology and the mental system in the US. This book explores the life of a young girl growing up with Tourette’s Syndrome in a rural community in the 1950s. Not much was known about Tourette’s at that time and, to be honest, not much has changed (except treatment methodology).

This book had some poignant moments, but overall it fell flat for me. I didn’t connect with any of the characters; I felt they were mostly underdeveloped and static. Due to the subject matter, I expected the language, so that didn’t bother me as it otherwise would. The ending, however, lacked closure and felt rushed. I wish there had been more exploration of music therapy as it’s proven to be highly (miraculously even) effective across the spectrum of mental disorders. There were some good points, but I was fairly disappointed and wouldn’t really recommend it nor do I think I’ll ever need to read it again. ( )
  TrojaHousehold | Apr 14, 2022 |
Not any easy read due to slang type language. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
Loved this book because Icy Sparks is a young girl that you just fall for.Set in the 1950s in the mountain area of Kentucky She has Tourette's syndrome but is not diagnosed even after spending time in the children's section of a mental hospital. She has an incomparable spirit filled with humor, anger and such sweetness.This spirit carries her through a rough childhood because of t he isolation she creates and her community creates because of her condition. She has loving grandparents who she lives with who protect her but allow her to self isolate. But she hangs in through it all and in the end, well, Hallelujah !!!! ( )
  Smits | Aug 21, 2020 |
Icy Sparks has Tourette's. No one knew what was wrong with her and she was an outcast because of it.

It had potential, but it never took me over the edge. It was boring, especially the ending. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
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At the age of ten, an Appalachian girl develops croaks, jerks and spasms, which leads to her explusion from school. After treatment--she has Tourette's syndrome--she learns to control herself, attends college and there is a happy ending.

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