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Twelve-year-old Amelia feels secretly responsible for her father's death in a plane crash a year earlier. Her life is turned upside down when a newly religious ex-convict claims to have seen Amelia's father in a vision and moves in with Amelia and her mother.
---Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2001
Walker, a first novelist, offers a multi-layered story told in the memorable Kentucky voice of 12-year-old Amelia Forrest. Amelia's father died more than a year ago in his small plane on a mission of mercy. Since then, nothing has been the same. Her grades and social life have tanked, her mother has gained 50 pounds, and the tiny airstrip behind their house is covered with weeds. But for Amelia, the worst is keeping the secret that she is responsible for her father's death. Then, one day, an old man wearing a cap that says "Pray Hard" appears on her doorstep. He's Brother Mustard Seed, a member of Mr. Forrest's prison fellowship, and he has come because he's seen a vision of Amelia's father. The novel's denouement falls slightly flat, but Walker juggles numerous plot elements with the skill of a more experienced writer, while effectively showcasing larger themes such as belief and death. A fine debut from a writer to watch.
---Booklist, March 1, 2001
When Amelia Forrest was 11 years old, her crop duster/missionary father died in an airplane accident. Now, a year later, the girl has determined that she and her mama need to find a way to put their lives back together. She's set on a summer of improvement for both of them and has sent her mother off to the beauty parlor while she reads the encyclopedia to improve her grades. Amelia's well-laid plans are interrupted when a strange man comes to the door claiming he's been sent to them by her father, who has appeared to him in a vision. Amelia takes an instant dislike to ex-convict Brother Mustard Seed, whom Jed Forrest had helped rehabilitate, but her mother seems reluctant to let him go. As the summer wears on, the man becomes the catalyst that allows Amelia and her mama to regain a sense of purpose in life and, more importantly, to regain their faith. Set against the background of a rural Southern community, this novel explores the issues of adolescent guilt (Amelia is convinced that she is responsible for her father's death) and the inertia that often overwhelms families in tough situations. Walker's quirky characters are imbued with the spiritual resolve they need to overcome their sorrow and to get on with life. Amelia does not forget her rather, but learns to remember and celebrate their relationship in a new and healthy way.
Posted March 30, 2011
I'm in the 6th grade now, but last year i read this book and since then i could not think of the name! But today i went to my library and finally found it! i was soooooo happy! :D so i googled it so i could buy it and pretty much the only reason i got this account is so i could tell all of u that it is the most amazing book ever! If i could rank it on a scale to one to onehundred it would be a solid one million bajillion! I would say this is a great book for kids everywhere who have lost someone in their life but for me i didnt lose anyone it just makes me feel so good inside i love love love it!!!!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2006
i have only gotten to the middle of the book but so far it is probably the best book that i have ever read!!! i love this book because it is very sad and i like those kind of books it just makes that this book makes me realise that life could be worse!and to not take advantage of anything even if you get the chance losing your dad makes the whole book even better i recomened this book to any people who like sad,tradjic, and yet wierd books. KIDS YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK ITS DA BOMB!!!HOLLA AT YOUR HOMEDOGS YO!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2006
this book has suprizes everywhere its all about one thing it menchines in the begining that you forget about than it brings it all back for a great ending (it makes you cry in some parts and has lots of filling too)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2003
My daughter checked this book out at the library and after reading it told me that it was one of her favorite books. She told me I should read it, too, which I did. I have to agree--this author dealt with this difficult subject matter in an honest, sensitive, and truly helpful way. I look forward to more of her books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2001