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The Silver Star

Written by: Jeannette Walls
Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
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From one of the best-selling memoirists of all time, a stunning and heartbreaking novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world - a triumph of imagination and storytelling.

It is 1970. "Bean" Holladay is 12 and her sister, Liz, is 15 when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who flees every place she’s ever lived at the first sign of trouble," takes off to find herself." She leaves her girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that’s been in the family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean discovers who her father was and learns many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, so Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, a big man who bullies workers, tenants, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister, inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, non-conformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.

The author of The Glass Castle, hyper-alert to abuse of adult power, has written a gorgeous, riveting, heartbreaking novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love the world despite its flaws and injustices.

©2013 Jeannette Walls (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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loved the story

a sweet story about unconditional love and standing beside family no matter what .

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Flat and underdeveloped

The Glass Castle is one of my favourite books so I was excited to pick this one up. Sadly, I was very disappointed. It felt like a YA novel with very little character development, other than for Bean. I felt a lot of situations resolved themselves much more easily than they would in reality and while I get where the author was going, the symbolism of the silver star and the emus was pretty lost on me.

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Another wonderful read from Jeannette walls

This book brought familiarity Of the authors typical writing style. Well it was nothing less than what I would expect from her, it was neither nothing more. I do love the way she describes things and shapes characters.

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