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Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel / Edition 1
     

Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel / Edition 1

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by Joy Jordan-Lake
 

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ISBN-10: 143479993X

ISBN-13: 9781434799937

Pub. Date: 03/01/2008

Publisher: David C Cook

"Sacred's not a word I've ever much liked. But maybe some things, and some places, just are.  And maybe the Blue Hole was one of those things."

Shelby (nicknamed Turtle) never had any female friends. But when a mysterious girl from Sri Lanka moved to town in the summer of 1979, Turtle invited her to a secret haven: the Blue Hole. Turtle had no idea how

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"Sacred's not a word I've ever much liked. But maybe some things, and some places, just are.  And maybe the Blue Hole was one of those things."

Shelby (nicknamed Turtle) never had any female friends. But when a mysterious girl from Sri Lanka moved to town in the summer of 1979, Turtle invited her to a secret haven: the Blue Hole. Turtle had no idea how much that simple gesture would affect the rest of her life, or the lives of those she loved.

In a time when America was technically well beyond the Civil Rights era, there were those in Turtle's small Appalachian town who rejected the presence of someone different. And in just one summer-in a collision of love, hate, jealousy, beauty, and a sacred, muddy swimming hole-nothing and everything changed.

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ISBN-13:
9781434799937
Publisher:
David C Cook
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Edition description:
New
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
595,050
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
1 Backstitching Time,
2 A Shot Over the Bow,
3 Holy of Holes,
4 Hog Wild,
5 The Way of the World,
6 Blood on the Truck Bed,
7 Like Amorous Birds of Prey,
8 Beauregard,
9 In the Heat of the Night,
10 A House Maybe Divided,
11 Coming to Blows,
12 Ropes and Threads,
13 Sri Lankan Sambol and Ice Cream,
14 Pearl of the Indian Ocean,
15 Shadows in the Shape of a Coward,
16 Overheard in the Dark,
17 Yellow Sphere of a Man,
18 New York Yankees Alibi,
19 General Mollybird,
20 Bruised and Broken,
21 An X Marked the Spot,
22 Roadblock with Rifles,
23 The End Does Not Hold,
24 Leaning In Together,
25 What Hung from the Rope,
26 Found Hidden in the Back Woods,
27 Ain't Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round,
28 Thirty Pieces of Lead,
29 Stand by Me,
30 Regret,
31 The Red that Danced on the Lawn,
32 Klan's Calling Cards,
33 A Kiss and Careening,
34 When the Sky Tumbled and Fell,
35 When the Mountains Crumbled,
36 The Boys in the Bedsheets,
37 A Geyser of Fire,
38 Ashes, Ashes,
Reader's Guide,
A Conversation with Joy Jordan-Lake,
Resources,

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Blue Hole Back Home 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
NER More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully written story that took me back to a very special time during my teenage years. It was a privilege to look back through 30 years of experience and insight to an age of innocence that in reality was not so innocent. The setting and characters were so compelling that when I sat down to just preview the first chapter I literally did not put the book down until it was finished the same day. I cannot remember the last time I read an entire book in one day. I would recommend this to any level reader from young adult and up. A great book to have your teenage child read and then discuss. It's a very real lesson in racial tensions that we sometimes do not want to admit still exist today.
montanabound More than 1 year ago
Recently read this in our book club and needless to say it was unanimously loved and made for a very deep and lively discussion. Touching relationships, innocence, deep bonds, everything that makes a great book. Story was very well done. By all means put in on your list for a unforgettable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this tale was pretty well written. It has been awhil since I shed a tear over a story, especially when I had already figured out the "what" and"who" of the plot early on. I cared about the characters, which is part of what a good author makes you do. I especially liked the use of the John Donne poem in the story. That was really beautiful and personally comforting to me. All in all, a very good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beginning of Blue Hole Back Home was overloaded with characters. Too many were introduced in a short period. Once I got them all straightened out, I thought the book was great. The theme is prejudice in a small town. The setting is a small town on the side of a mountain. The story is told from the point of view of a Shelby. The community was all white. A new family had moved to town from Sri Lanka. They had creamed coffee-colored skin and shiny black hair. The new girl and Shelby became quick friends. They went swimming at the Blue Hole with Shelby¿s brother and some of him friends. When the ¿Pack¿ began showing interest in the new girl, the town was distressed. They soon learned the KKK existed in their town. The Clan would go to extremes to get the new family to leave town. Blue Hole Back Home is beautifully written with much sensitivity and wisdom. Blue Hole Back Home demonstrates courage and compassion. I highly recommend Blue Hole Back Home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Joy Jordan-Lake's book. It was well written and though parts were hard and brought tears, I felt part of that mountain and could see myself there at the blue hole. I rated this a 4 because I really wanted a more just ending..In life we don't get that very often so I look for some sort of happy ending in books and movies.. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very good reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried the best cry I've cried in awhile! Highly reccomend this book for anyone.
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Map comin soon.
cllhnstev More than 1 year ago
Great read not only the story which kept my interest throughout but the style which made me feel like part of the story. I put off reading this for a while because although the reviews were good,they appeared to be all by women. This is not a chick book, it's about the post civil rights era in the South.I went to school there in the mid 60's and saw some ugly stuff towards minorities both on and off campus, apparently not much changed by the late 70's including the Klan. I could identify with the young teen being frozen the first time being put in a situation calling for a choice to be made between right and wrong not knowing what to do and not wanting to add to an already tense situation. We grow up though and the author has added a positive book to the discussion of race and small town politics. The story doesn't have a nice happy feel good ending but that's life when it comes to race relations and a mixed bag of emotions in some areas. Here's a quote I liked: “You've had a tough crack at life, I'll give you that. But you don't got to let the bad thrown at you become the ugly you think you got to be.” Criticism's? None really though I was surprised at the lack of parental supervision with a group of teens still living at home, never would have happened where and and when I grew up.
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Trish-B More than 1 year ago
Good, thought provoking read. 
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Enjoyed this book
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Wonderfully written tale. Loved it!!
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This heartwrenching story is beautifully told. Discovering that it is based on the author's real experiences made the novel even more profound for me. Not a "new" tale by any means, this book reminds us of the slippery slope that is the fight for human rights.
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Was not my kind of story. Hard to follow.
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This is a very interesting story. I really enjoyed this book because it kept me curious to see what was going to happen next.