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A Blue-Eyed Daisy
     

A Blue-Eyed Daisy

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by Cynthia Rylant
 

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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;

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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; 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."

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689844959
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Edition description:
First Aladdin Paperbacks Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
245,661
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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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Blue-Eyed Daisy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rember reading this book when i was 10yrs old i rember thinking i hope i stay ten lol
Zuri Martin More than 1 year ago
Such a good book depressing but it goes to the sole
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that this story could be fiction, in some ways, and nonfiction is some ways. How? You'll see.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the book in real life, but didnt read it yet
Erin Kahnis More than 1 year ago
I cant wait to read?????? The reviews look good. . .