The Silver Star

The Silver Star

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2013
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The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world-a triumph of imagination and storytelling.

IT IS 1970 in a small town in California. "Bean" Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who "found something wrong with every place she ever lived," takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that's been in Charlotte's family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Because money is tight, Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town-a big man who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister-inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it's Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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.

Jeannette Walls, supremely alert to abuse of adult power, has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442362857
Branch Call Number: CD BK WAL
Characteristics: 7 compact discs (ca. 8 hrs.) :,digital ;,12 cm

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JCLJoyceM Mar 23, 2016

I loved this book and want to read more by Walls! It would make a great movie. Some of the most believable characters I have met recently. Tension builds as you meet Maddox and wonder what he is up to and how it will affect these girls.

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FVReader
Feb 01, 2015

I really enjoyed Bean. She's a bit like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.
The other characters weren't as developed as Bean. Perhaps this is Bean's story but it seemed wider than that and the others were worth exploring deeper than they were.
Jeannette Walls reads this story well.
The story of Liz & Bean's lives with their unstable mother is touching and told with understanding and love. The mother is never turned into a bad or unwanted mother. She's loved by her daughters, despite her problems; they respect her for who she is and what she brings to their family when she's able.
This was an interesting story and I loved the addition of the emus.

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jescar82
May 24, 2014

Author's first fiction novel for adults and teens. Not as good as Half Broke Horses and The Glass Castle.

carolsbrown Sep 27, 2013

Same author as Half Broke Horses and Glass Castle

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jescar82
May 24, 2014

jescar82 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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