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Ellie Farley's father, Okey, drinks too much, mostly because he hasn't been able to work since he was injured in a mining accident. He hasn't been able to hunt, either, so it's strange when he brings home a hunting dog, a beagle named Bullet.

But Bullet is only the first odd thing that happens to Ellie the year she's eleven. She sees a favorite uncle go off to war; a boy in her class has a fit in the middle of geography and another is accidentally killed while target shooting; ...

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Overview

Ellie Farley's father, Okey, drinks too much, mostly because he hasn't been able to work since he was injured in a mining accident. He hasn't been able to hunt, either, so it's strange when he brings home a hunting dog, a beagle named Bullet.

But Bullet is only the first odd thing that happens to Ellie the year she's eleven. She sees a favorite uncle go off to war; a boy in her class has a fit in the middle of geography and another is accidentally killed while target shooting; and Okey drives his Chevy pickup off the mountain, with near-tragic consequences. But still Ellie manages the ordinary pleasures of making a best friend and getting kissed for the first time -- it's no wonder she confides to Bullet on her twelfth birthday, "Some year."

Relates episodes in the life of eleven-year-old Ellie and her family who live in a coal mining town in West Virginia.

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Ellie lives with her family in West Virginia. Her father, Okey, had an accident in the coal mines and has not worked for years. One day in the fall, Okey brings home a beagle and Ellie confides in Bullet, her new friend. Ellie persuades her dad to take her hunting and she is good with a gun. She treasures these times with her dad and Bullet. In winter, her Uncle Joe goes off to war and Ellie makes hand painted cookies to give as her Christmas present. In the spring, Ellie's best friend, Carolyn has a birthday party and during spin the bottle, Ellie experiences her first kiss. Also during school that year a boy in her class has a fit in geography class. In the summer, Okey drives his truck off the mountain and is near death. Ellie turns to the Bible and and prays for his recovery. Her prayers are answered;her father will get well. One day, Ellie walks up the road instead of down and is greeted by an elderly neighbor lady. They talk about her dad and share strawberry biscuits. As Ellie waits for another birthday, she confides in Bullet that this had been a good year. 2001 (orig. 1985), Aladdin Paperbacks, $4.99. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer:Karen Werner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440409274
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/10/1986
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    Good

    I have the book in real life, but didnt read it yet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Love this book

    I rember reading this book when i was 10yrs old i rember thinking i hope i stay ten lol

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    ???????????????

    I cant wait to read?????? The reviews look good. . .

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    :)

    Such a good book depressing but it goes to the sole

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2006

    Wonderfull!!

    Okey is Ellie`s father and he hurt his arm in a coal mine and has drinked ever sence. One day Okey brngs home a beagle. They decide to name him Bullet. One day in the winter her favorite uncle (uncle joe) goes off to war.She decieds to make hand colored cookies for her Christmas present.Her BFF Carolyn has a birthday party and she recives her first kiss by Harold. Another boy in her class gets killed. Okey drives his Truck off a cliff and is in the hospital and Ellie prays to the bible and hopes for her father recover. She gets her prayers anwsered. She walks the opsite way up the road and meets her elderly neighbor and the have strawbeery biscuits and talks about her fathers accidents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    Fiction or Not????

    I feel that this story could be fiction, in some ways, and nonfiction is some ways. How? You'll see.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    A GOOD BOOK

    I read this book in a day and when you get to the end (the part about her father) you might (depending on how you react to sad things cry.......

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    Posted January 19, 2011

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