Buttermilk Hill
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Buttermilk Hill

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by Ruth White
     
 

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Finding a way to cope through poetry

The days seem carefree for Piper Berry in her hometown of Buttermilk Hill, North Carolina -- days filled with fishing with her daddy and ten-year-old aunt/best friend Lindy and listening to her grandmother's stories. But then Mama, Tiny Lambert (whom readers may remember from Weeping Willow), announces she wants

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Finding a way to cope through poetry

The days seem carefree for Piper Berry in her hometown of Buttermilk Hill, North Carolina -- days filled with fishing with her daddy and ten-year-old aunt/best friend Lindy and listening to her grandmother's stories. But then Mama, Tiny Lambert (whom readers may remember from Weeping Willow), announces she wants more out of life than being a housewife, and Daddy thinks this is unreasonable. He moves out and that ugly word d-i-v-o-r-c-e becomes a reality. Soon Mama's time becomes consumed with waiting tables and taking college classes. Daddy remarries, adopts two sons, and has a new baby daughter. Piper can't help but feel as if she doesn't belong anywhere anymore, and her only comfort is found in spending time with Lindy and their friend Bucky, whose life is full of his own share of family trouble. Piper's growing interest in and talent for poetry help her find a voice to say the things that are hardest and make an important decision about following her own dreams.

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Publishers Weekly
In 1970s North Carolina, a 10-year-old finds herself displaced when her parents divorce. "The author authentically conveys Piper's feelings of confusion and ambivalence; for kids buffeted by divorce, the book may be a salve," according to PW. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374410032
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
03/21/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,342,834
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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From Buttermilk Hill

"There's got to be more than housecleaning and laundry, cooking and taking care of Piper, churchgoing and . . . and PTA!" Mama spit out each word like it put a bad taste in her mouth. "You couldn't stand my life for one day, Denver Berry, you know that?"
There was a pause before Daddy suggested, "You could work for Papa at the Tarheel."
Mama laughed. "No thank you, not interested."
"Just what are you interested in?" Daddy wanted to know.
"Well, it's not waiting on tables at a truck stop for tips. The Tarheel was your parents' dream, Denver. Now it's their whole life -- but not mine. I wish that's all it would take to make me happy."
"I'll tell you what would make me happy," Daddy said. "I want to have me a son and raise him up here in Buttermilk Hill, and live a simple life. That's all I want, and it's all you should want, too."
"We have nothing to offer another child!" Mama's voice was angry. "We're still living in a trailer, for crying out loud!"
"We won't always live in a trailer," Daddy said.
"But right now we do!" Mama went on. "And having another child would not be fair to anybody!"
"I'll tell you what's not fair," Daddy said. "That I've got only one kid and it's not a boy!"
It changed position in bed and counted the tree silhouettes against the night sky.

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