Buttermilk Hillby Ruth White
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/i>/b>… See more details below
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.
"Subtly drawn backstories revealing the adults' unfulfilled dreams lend depth and individuality to their characterizations. Piper's worries about fitting in with her dad's new family...and about her mother's dating ring true as she tries to build her own sense of family amid the rancor and change. Her poetry...gives her both recognition and a sense of accomplishment that is hers alone." The Horn Book
"The first-person narrative rings true...a good balance of happiness and hard knocks." Booklist
"White knows her way around good, old-fashioned storytelling that leaves a lump in the throat and a warm feeling in the heart." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The writing - both Piper's poems and the author's narrative - pull the reader into life in the small town of Buttermilk Hill. One can smell the Tarheel Truck Stop owned by Piper's grandparents, see Piper's golden retriever...it is a highly recommended purchase." VOYA
"The author authentically conveys Piper's feelings of confusion and ambivalence and, for kids buffeted by divorce, the book may be a salve." Publishers Weekly
"Powerful." The Reading Teacher
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"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 silhouettesagainst the night sky.
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OUTSTANDING STORY! I REALLY LOVED IT! P.S. I LOVE ONE DIRECTION ESPECIALLY LOUIS
It had a pulling in first chapter, and than contiuned to pull you in even more. I read this book in two days and no one could stop me. At first you think there is just random deatils but when you get to the end......................................SHOCKING TWIST
Buttermilk Hill is an outstanding book! Once you start to read it you can't get your head out of it! Buttermilk Hill is about a girl named Piper who her parents get divorced in the book and she has to deal with it because she can't do anything about it. Read Buttermilk Hill and you won't be sorry!
I loved Buttermilk Hill. It was a good story that was well told. I felt like Piper and Lindy, the two main girl characters in the story, were right beside me. I felt like I was in Buttermilk Hill!!!
Im in fith grade and this is a forth grade book but still love it
Starlightshimmer is locked out!
He leans to the fresh kill pile and picked a rabbit and ate it. Ignoring thelightning struck comment. ( it realy didnt happen.)
Loved it ! You should read it if youwant to
This is the best book i ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!