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Greetings from Nowhere (Frances Foster Books)


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ISBN13: 9780374399375
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From Greetings from Nowhere


Willow watched from the front seat of the truck as her father glanced around the weed-filled parking lot. Squinted out at the cracked, empty swimming pool. Frowned over at the faded, peeling sign.

      “I know it aint much to look at now,” Aggie said. “But you shoulda seen it in its heyday.” She gestured with her skinny arm, making the sweater flop down over her hand. “This whole parking lot was filled to overflowing. Cars and kids and all. Guests in every room every night. Well, almost every night . . . at least in the summer . . . And—”

      “Mrs. Duncan, I—”

      “Aggie,” she said. “Please. Call me Aggie.”

      She squinted over at the pickup truck where Willow sat.

      Willow slumped down in the seat.

      “Is that your girl?” Aggie said.

      “Yes,” her father said. “Thats Willow.”

      “Willow!” Aggie grinned. “Well, what a fine name!” She waved toward the truck. “Hello, Willow,” she called.

      Willow waved back.

      A tiny little wave.

      “There havent been kids around here for the longest time,” Aggie said. “I just love kids,” she added.

      Willow slumped down a little farther and pretended like she didnt see her father motioning for her to get out of the truck.

      She didnt want to get out of the truck.

      She wanted to go home.

      Back to the little brick house with the screened porch.

      Her father motioned again and said, “Please come here, Willow,” in that voice Willow hated.

      So Willow got out of the truck and stood beside her father, looking down at her pink plastic sandals.

      “I figured we should make arrangements for the inspection,” Willows father said to Aggie. “And get the rest of the paperwork done and all.”

      Aggies hand fluttered up to her glasses, smoothed her hair, pushed at the sleeve of her sweater. “Um, well, okay.” The corners of her mouth twitched. “But theres no hurry, right? I mean, you wanna be sure and all, and I . . .”

      Willow studied Aggies face. She couldnt put a name to what she saw there, but she knew that Aggie didnt want to sell this motel.

      She looked around her at the ramshackle place and wondered why.

      Why would anyone want to keep an awful old place like this?         

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Product Details

Oconnor, Barbara
Farrar Straus Giroux
O'Connor, Barbara
Social Issues - New Experience
Social Issues - Friendship
Family - General
Situations / New Experience
Interpersonal Relations
Hotels, motels, etc
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
North carolina
Situations / Friendship
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Emotions and Feelings
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Family - Alternative Family
Lifestyles - Country Life
Action & Adventure - General
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Frances Foster Books
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 8
7.625 x 5.1875 in
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Product details 224 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374399375 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Aggie isn't expecting visitors at the Sleepy Time Motel in the Great Smoky Mountains. Since her husband died, she is all alone with her cat, Ugly, and keeping up with the bills and repairs has become next to impossible. The pool is empty, the garden is overgrown, and not a soul has come to stay in nearly three months. When she reluctantly places a For Sale ad in the newspaper, Aggie doesn't know that Kirby and his mom will need a room when their car breaks down on the way to Kirby's new reform school. Or that Loretta and her parents will arrive in her dad's plumbing company van on a trip meant to honor the memory of Loretta's birth mother. Or that Clyde Dover will answer the For Sale ad in such a hurry and move in with his daughter, Willow, looking for a brand-new life to replace the one that was fractured when Willow's mom left. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that Aggie and her guests find just the friends they need at the shabby motel in the middle of nowhere.

From an author long recognized for her true Southern voice and heartfelt characters, Greetings from Nowhere, with its four intertwining stories, brings Barbara O'Connor's work to a new level of sophistication.

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