Gentle's Holler
Kerry Madden
Viking, 2005
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Gentle's Holler

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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?

Awards and Honors

Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" Bibliography, 2005
Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2005
Maine Book Award Nomination, 2006
Schneider Award Nomination, ALA, 2005
Finalist, PEN USA in Children’s Literature, 2006
Mark Twain Nomination, MO Assn of School Librarians, 2005


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