Keeper of the Doves (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)by Betsy Byars
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Amen McBee, born in 1891 and the fifth daughter of a fragile mother and father, who ardently wish for a son, searches for her place in the family and discovers a talent of her own. The novel is organized into 26 brie
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- THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
- Product dimensions:
- 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Betsy Byars, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, received a degree in English from Queens College there. Currently, she lives in Clemson, SC with her husband, a college professor. They have four grown children--one son and three daughters--and five grandchildren. "My own hobbies," Byars says, "are rather quiet. I like to read and do needlework, and I love animals. But my husband has some very interesting hobbies, and through him, I've learned to fly and earned my pilot's license. Together, we fly all over the United States. Since our children are all grown now, we also travel a great deal in Europe, but we take commercial flights because our plane is not really equipped to make transatlantic flights."
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Betsy Byars’ creation, Keeper of the Doves, is a beautiful, simple story with entertaining characters and teachable moments. Amen (nickname “Amie”) McBee is a child who loves words while growing up in the shadows of her older sisters. The chapters are in alphabetical order and supports Amen’s love of words. Amen learns to forget the prejudices against the old Mr. Tominski who lives on the outskirts of the family’s land in a run-down chapel. This book is a lesson for everyone to spend the time in order to know someone before judging the person. It is a great summer read packed with life lessons for all ages.
'Another girl! Not another girl? Don't tell me I've got another daughter!' Those were the first words Amen McBee heard when she was born. It was summer at the willows in 1899 and the Bella's (Amen's twin sisters), Abigal and Augusta (also sister's of Amen), and Mr Tominski are about to encounter some adventures that could turn their small world upside down. They will be faced with new inventions, death, and new people coming to their world. Amen herself has to witness the death, the birth, and the unforgiving anger. In this book the pages really fly and I really felt as though I were being sucked into the novel as it got more and more in depth and intenser. You other middle schoolers will have a greater sense of self after reading this book I guarantee it!
This book was very good and well written. It is about Amen and her pesky sisters mainly, the Bella's. But when Amen becomes curious about Mr. Tominski, the mysterious man who lives in the cemetary, the Bella's start telling her stories. They tell her things that frighten Amen, and makes her terrified of Mr. Tominski. But Amen soon learns the family history with Mr. Tominski, the keeper of the doves, and could change her feelings about him forever. I enjoyed this book very much! Some parts are suspensful and if you like that in a book, Keeper of the Doves could be a book for you. I felt like I was in the book, right there with Amen and some of her fears. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.