By Kerry Madden
Viking Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780670059980, 256pp.
Publication Date: March 3, 2005
The sixties may have come to other parts of North Carolina, but with Mama pregnant again, Daddy struggling to find work, and nine siblings underfoot, nobody in the holler has much time for modern-day notions. Especially not twelve-year-old Livy Two, aspiring songwriter and self-appointed guardian of little sister Gentle, whose eyes "don't work so good yet." Even after a doctor confirms her fears, Livy Two is determined to make the best of Gentle's situation and sets out to transform the family's scrappy dachshund into a genuine Seeing-Eye dog. But when tragedy strikes, can Livy Two continue to stay strong for her family?
"Livy Two will burrow deeply into the hearts of young readers."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"...the graceful, spirited and, above all, sensory richness of the writing make this work stand out."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Wonderfully illustrated, it's pure Southern magic that should delight all readers from ages 9 and up."
-Ken Beck, The Tennessean
"A young girl's struggle to hold on to her dreams... a timeless story that offers a lesson for all readers."
-Greg Langley, The Advocate, Baton Rouge
"This is lump in your throat, tear in your eye territory. The good kind."
-Jon Vandergriff, Chattanooga Pulse
"...tells the story of a family short on money but long on love — and kids."
-Lynn Hotaling, Sylva Herald, North Carolina
"... together they form a strong unit that will help readers understand what it means to be a family."
-Frances Bradburn, American Library Association
"Young readers will learn here about their own American roots in a time of storytelling and songwriting..."
-Larry Wilson, Pasadena Star News