Louisiana's Song
Kerry Madden
Viking, 2007

Louisiana's Song

"What a splendid book! I enormously enjoyed my second trip to Gentle's Holler, revisiting that very remarkable Weems family."

—Susan Patron, THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY, Newbery Medal

Livy Two is happy that Daddy is finally out of his coma, but the befuddled man who comes home is not the daddy the Weems family once knew. He forgets their names, he wanders off—he won’t even touch his beloved banjo. Set in Appalachia in 1963, this heartwarming, and heart-wrenching, follow-up to Gentle’s Holler is narrated by the irrepressible Livy Two, and traces the ups and downs of her large mountain family. Shy and awkward 11-year-old Louise (Louisiana) becomes the reluctant hero as she develops a talent for painting, takes care of Daddy, and shows a surprised Livy Two that sometimes the quietest sibling turns out to be the strongest.

California Readers Collections Middle School list, 2009

Finalist, Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) Award

California Readers Collections of 2008

Nominated for a 2007 CYBILS award

Finalist, Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) Award

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