Letters to Missy Violet
By Barbara Hathaway
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780547363004, 160pp.)
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
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A heartwarming coming-of-age story set in the rural South. With her friend Missy Violet away in Florida, Viney has big shoes to fill. While there are ailing neighbors to comfort, Viney’s favorite teacher has left school—and Viney’s irrepressible cousin Charles continues his mischief-making. Through short, powerful vignettes and letters between Missy Violet, Viney, and others, the day-to-day happenings in this warm southern town come to life.
Barbara Hathaway was born in Harlem, New York. Missy Violet and Me is based on the recollections of her mother, who often spoke glowingly of a relative who served as midwife to the southern community she grew up in during the 1930s. Barbara lives in Westchester County with her family. Missy Violet and Me is her second book for Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
"Like a warm cup of alphabet soup, this offering packs several essential ingredients--hope, love, despair, courage, family, honor--into a hearty, child-size blend."--Kirkus