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Gentle's Holler
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Kerry gives an overview of the book:

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?
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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?

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About Kerry

Kerry first captured the attention of young adult readers with her novel Offsides, (William Morrow) selected by the New York Public Library as one of the Ten Recommended Books of 1997 for Mature Teens.

Her second book, Writing Smarts: A Girl's Guide to...

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Published Reviews

Mar.26.2009

"Given the writer’s refusal to grant access to any biographer and her closest friends’ and relatives’ reluctance to discuss her, Madden has done a fine job of researching the novelist’s life and presenting...

Mar.27.2009

Not believing in biographies of living writers, Harper Lee declined to be interviewed for one, but Madden draws on extensive research--including trips to Monroeville, Ala., and interviews with classmates,...