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Icy Sparks (Oprah's Book Club)

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ISBN13: 9780142000205
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A New York Times Notable Book and the March 2001 selection of Oprah's Book Club® !

Icy Sparks is the sad, funny and transcendent tale of a young girl growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s. Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s beautifully written first novel revolves around Icy Sparks, an unforgettable heroine in the tradition of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird or Will Treed in Cold Sassy Tree. At the age of ten, Icy, a bright, curious child orphaned as a baby but raised by adoring grandparents, begins to have strange experiences. Try as she might, her "secrets"—verbal croaks, groans, and physical spasms—keep afflicting her. As an adult, she will find out she has Tourette’s Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, but for years her behavior is the source of mystery, confusion, and deep humiliation.

Narrated by a grown up Icy, the book chronicles a difficult, but ultimately hilarious and heartwarming journey, from her first spasms to her self-acceptance as a young woman. Curious about life beyond the hills, talented, and energetic, Icy learns to cut through all barriers—physical, mental, and spiritual—in order to find community and acceptance.

Along her journey, Icy faces the jeers of her classmates as well as the malevolence of her often-ignorant teachers—including Mrs. Stilton, one of the most evil fourth grade teachers ever created by a writer. Called willful by her teachers and "Frog Child" by her schoolmates, she is exiled from the schoolroom and sent to a children’s asylum where it is hoped that the roots of her mysterious behavior can be discovered. Here Icy learns about difference—her own and those who are even more scarred than she. Yet, it isn’t until Icy returns home that she really begins to flower, especially through her friendship with the eccentric and obese Miss Emily, who knows first-hand how it feels to be an outcast in this tightly knit Appalachian community. Under Miss Emily’s tutelage, Icy learns about life’s struggles and rewards, survives her first comical and heartbreaking misadventure with romance, discovers the healing power of her voice when she sings, and ultimately—takes her first steps back into the world.

Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s Icy Sparks is a fresh, original, and completely redeeming novel about learning to overcome others’ ignorance and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique.

About the Author

Gwyn Hyman Rubio has been nominated for a Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award and anthologized in Above Ground: Stories About Life and Death by New Southern Writers. She is also a winner of the Cecil Hackney Award as well as a recipient of grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

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CattleDogMom, September 14, 2012 (view all comments by CattleDogMom)
Perfect for anyone who's felt like the "weirdo"! Icy Sparks is a wonderful tale of a young girl struggling with tics and outbursts that identify her to everyone in her small town as "different" (to those who love her) or "downright evil" (to those who don't). The characters are rich and real and the setting described so beautifully that you can smell the flowers and feel the grass slip through your fingers. The title character takes you along on an emotional journey that reminds you just how boring the world would be if we were all "normal" and how very precious the acceptance of friends and family can be.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000205
Manufactured:
Rubio, Gwyn Hyman
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Rubio, Gwyn Hyman
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Kentucky
Subject:
Appalachian Region
Subject:
Tourette syndrome
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Grandparents as parents.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Oprah's Book Club (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. 86 (1970)
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.82x5.08x.91 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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