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ISBN13: 9781451661507
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In typical Jeannette Walls style, The Silver Star is hilarious, sweet, and sad at the same time. Walls' books are often populated with flaky, irresponsible adults and kids who have to fend for themselves, and this is no exception. The two Holladay sisters, after struggling with their mostly absent mother, try to find themselves a real home with their eccentric uncle who lives in a small town on the other side of the country. Walls writes with a huge heart and a sly sense of humor, and The Silver Star is a perfect combination of both.
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In 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 But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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.

About the Author

Jeannette Walls  was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in the southwest and Welch, West Virginia. She graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York City for twenty years. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than five years. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.

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bugzna2000, April 23, 2014 (view all comments by bugzna2000)
Jeannette Walls first book, The Glass Castle, was one of my all-time favorites so I set my expectations high. Although I found myself getting restless in a few areas of the book, it was a good read. Bean is a precocious, optimistic 12-year-old girl who lives with her mom and older sister Liz. One day, the girls’ flighty mother announces she is leaving to ‘find’ herself and is not coming back. The girls don’t believe her (she's said this before) but time goes by and it appears she really is gone for good. This is the catalyst for Bean and Liz embarking on an enterprising journey from California to Virginia to seek help from an uncle who they have never met. They face many challenges during a time of extreme racial tension and forced school integration. This story spotlights the strength and character of Bean and Liz, their kind but gruff Uncle Tinsley and additional family we are introduced to along the way.
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bugzna2000, April 23, 2014 (view all comments by bugzna2000)
Jeannette Walls first book, The Glass Castle, was one of my all-time favorites so I set my expectations high. Although I found myself getting restless in a few areas of the book, it was a good read. Bean is a precocious, optimistic 12-year-old girl who lives with her mom and older sister Liz. One day, the girls’ flighty mother announces she is leaving to ‘find’ herself and is not coming back. The girls don’t believe her (she's said this before) but time goes by and it appears she really is gone for good. This is the catalyst for Bean and Liz embarking on an enterprising journey from California to Virginia to seek help from an uncle who they have never met. They face many challenges during a time of extreme racial tension and forced school integration. This story spotlights the strength and character of Bean and Liz, their kind but gruff Uncle Tinsley and additional family we are introduced to along the way.
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writermala, October 25, 2013 (view all comments by writermala)
The Silver Star is a poignant tale of survival. Liz and Bean (Jean) are sisters who often have to fend for themselves since their mother considers herself a musician and leaves on jaunts knowing the kids are capable. When Liz and Bean leave their California home and seek out their uncle in Virginia, "The Silver Star" begins. It is a poignant tale with touches of drama and humor. It appears to be a lived experience told with sincerity. I loved reading "The Silver Star."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451661507
Author:
Walls, Jeannette
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130611
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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In typical Jeannette Walls style, The Silver Star is hilarious, sweet, and sad at the same time. Walls' books are often populated with flaky, irresponsible adults and kids who have to fend for themselves, and this is no exception. The two Holladay sisters, after struggling with their mostly absent mother, try to find themselves a real home with their eccentric uncle who lives in a small town on the other side of the country. Walls writes with a huge heart and a sly sense of humor, and The Silver Star is a perfect combination of both.

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