Awards | Nominations

SIBA finalist, 2008

Featured in North Carolina's OUR STATE MAGAZINE

A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year 2008 

Finalist, Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award

California Readers Collections of 2008

2007 CYBILS Award Finalist

Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging…. Madden’s fluid and heartfelt storytelling will leave young readers looking forward to more.”


“Beautifully written and true to its setting in the North Carolina mountains during 1963, this continues the warm, loving, and poignant saga of a family that struggles with everything but love.”


“A well-crafted and moving family story.” 

Susan Patron

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

Foreword Magazine

“This is a beautifully, tenderly crafted novel with moments of humor, warmth, and genuine poignancy. Not a single word of this novel rings untrue.” 

Fuse #8 blog on School Library Journal

“A strong title and one that is sure to become deeply beloved….   [T]his is a book to love.”

Historical Novels Review

“LOUISIANA’S SONG is an original. Lively, funny, and moving, it’s a novel that adults as well as young readers should enjoy.”

Shelf Elf

“LOUISIANA’S SONG is one beautiful book.”

The Edge of the Forest

“A beautifully written novel for intelligent readers.”