Raggedy Ann Heart

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In 1970s rural West Texas, 12-year-old Lindy Logan has big dreams. She wants to become the next Karen Carpenter. She strives to acclimate to a new 7th grade class. And she fantasizes about killing her little sister, Jo. But all of these desires lead to her biggest dream of all - acquiring her momma's unconditional love. Because Momma was once second runner-up in the Miss Texas pageant and twice named Most Beautiful of Turnip High School, Lindy is certain the path to becoming Momma's favorite child is for Lindy to...
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In 1970s rural West Texas, 12-year-old Lindy Logan has big dreams. She wants to become the next Karen Carpenter. She strives to acclimate to a new 7th grade class. And she fantasizes about killing her little sister, Jo. But all of these desires lead to her biggest dream of all - acquiring her momma's unconditional love. Because Momma was once second runner-up in the Miss Texas pageant and twice named Most Beautiful of Turnip High School, Lindy is certain the path to becoming Momma's favorite child is for Lindy to become famous herself. The only obstacle is 8-year-old Jo, a dead-ringer for the gorgeous Liz Taylor, seeking her own conduit to fame. If Jo gains fame first, Momma will focus all her love on her youngest, and Lindy's greatest fear will be realized - that she is a nobody. In Raggedy Ann Heart, the Logan sisters deal with budding hormones, imaginary friends, and even Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, all the while competing with each other for the ultimate prize - Momma's love.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781419686276
  • Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/16/2008
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    This story brought up emotions of family, made me laugh, cry and

    This story brought up emotions of family, made me laugh, cry and surprised me with twists and turns. I was so involved with the characters, that when I finished reading I felt like they were my family. A sequel is what I need to bring them back.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Satisfying and Timely

    Having grown up in West Texas, novelist McPhaul helped me relive many experiences that a girl with a sister (in my case two sisters) endures. The story begins as a girl named Lindy is introduced to her baby sister Jo. As in most cases, sibling rivalry begins. Her only solace is the Raggedy Ann doll that her mother sewed for her. Lindy feels that baby Jo is the favored child as her world comes crashing down with all of the attention given to the interloper. Lindy's emotions turn to self-pity as she grows older. This self-loathing continues through the trials that any girl experiences in the seventh grade and a new school. Two other characters, Momma (Maggie) and Father (Joe), help in forming the action. Momma is a frustrated homemaker who was a second runner-up in the Miss Texas Pageant and never was able to find that path to stardom. Instead, she lives her dream through old movies and the stars in them. Father is a typical West Texan who believes that children should be seen and not heard. He works the land but seems to have no time for his family. There are many other characters who help develop the novel from the snobbish girls at school to the farmers and ranchers who live close to Joe's rented land. Although Lindy struggles to find her niche in school, Momma is no less tested by the elite women of the community. The theme of the story is enduring love for family. Lindy's life is a constant search for the elusive feeling of belonging. This search is why Raggedy Ann Heart is a timely novel. The novel is not difficult to read. McPhaul fills the pages with West Texas vernacular. Some readers may not appreciate the simple agrarian language, but others will find it to be a good representation of the area. The ending is satisfying. Lindy's once beloved doll becomes an important bridge for her family. The novel will guide the reader in remembering the trials of growing to maturity. If for no other reason, the novel is a recommended reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Satisfying and Timely

    Having grown up in West Texas, novelist McPhaul helped me relive many experiences that a girl with a sister (in my case two sisters) endures. The story begins as a girl named Lindy is introduced to her baby sister Jo. As in most cases, sibling rivalry begins. Her only solace is the Raggedy Ann doll that her mother sewed for her. Lindy feels that baby Jo is the favored child as her world comes crashing down with all of the attention given to the interloper. Lindy's emotions turn to self-pity as she grows older. This self-loathing continues through the trials that any girl experiences in the seventh grade and a new school. Two other characters, Momma (Maggie) and Father (Joe), help in forming the action. Momma is a frustrated homemaker who was a second runner-up in the Miss Texas Pageant and never was able to find that path to stardom. Instead, she lives her dream through old movies and the stars in them. Father is a typical West Texan who believes that children should be seen and not heard. He works the land but seems to have no time for his family. There are many other characters who help develop the novel from the snobbish girls at school to the farmers and ranchers who live close to Joe's rented land. Although Lindy struggles to find her niche in school, Momma is no less tested by the elite women of the community. The theme of the story is enduring love for family. Lindy's life is a constant search for the elusive feeling of belonging. This search is why Raggedy Ann Heart is a timely novel. The novel is not difficult to read. McPhaul fills the pages with West Texas vernacular. Some readers may not appreciate the simple agrarian language, but others will find it to be a good representation of the area. The ending is satisfying. Lindy's once beloved doll becomes an important bridge for her family. The novel will guide the reader in remembering the trials of growing to maturity. If for no other reason, the novel is a recommended reading.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    I laughed out loud!

    This book, told from the point of view of a twelve-year-old, had me in stitches! This is a must-buy for anyone who's ever grown up with a sibling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2010

    GLOWING REVIEWS

    From Bookblah:
    Author Heather McPhaul has crafted a charming coming of age tale in her debut novel about a family struggling to get by in rural West Texas in the 70s. Twelve-year-old Lindy Logan's life is one long uphill struggle-she is a figure of ridicule at school and greatly overshadowed at home by her pretty kid sister, Jo. Lindy's charismatic Momma has watched her own dreams of stardom turn to dust and struggles to adjust to a life of menial work and frugality. Then tragedy strikes and Momma and the girls are forced to re-examine their lives.///

    From Readers Favorite:
    The plot has a powerful message. This is the story of two sisters, Lindy Logan and her sister Jo. Lindy did not want a baby sister, just her doll and her mama. Her mother promised she would love her just as much as the new baby, but it was quite evident who her mother loved best. Jo was everything Lindy was not, beautiful, perfect and she looked like her mother. Jo wanted nothing more than to be a model, like her mother, Lindy wanted nothing more than her mother's love. When they moved to the farm their world changed. The television and old movies became their link to the world their mother loved. When their mother gets sick will she learn the value of showing equal love between the two girls? This is an excellent story of two girls, who, although they both prefer different ways to live their life, they have one thing in common. They want and need their mother's love. It was easy to fall right into the midst of this story and become involved with the characters. The plot has a powerful message, one many will relate to. This book will keep the reader entertained from the beginning to the end, whether you are a young adult or a grandmother.///

    From Texas Columnist Glenn Dromgoole:
    This debut novel revolves around 12-year-old, soon to be 13, Lindy Logan who desperately seeks her mother's approval and love but never can quite figure out how to get it. A big part of the problem has to do with her 8-year-old sister, Jo, who is obviously Momma's favorite, even if Jo is so weird that she talks to her Fruit Loop People. McPhaul has penned a novel with characters who come to life on the page. I wouldn't be surprised some day to see Raggedy Ann Heart as a movie. It's that good, with a powerful storyline and plenty of drama and humor.///

    From TCM Reviews:
    A heartwarming novel by Heather McPhaul. It is the story of two sisters who do not get along but in the end they want the same thing, their mother's love. Both 12-year-old Lindy and her little sister Jo's worlds change the day their mother gets sick. To cope, the girls find hope and escapism in the classic movies which their mother loves.///

    Raggedy Ann Heart was a finalist in Young Adult Fiction for the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and Indie Excellence Awards.///

    For more information about the author, visit www.HeatherMcPhaul.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2010

    Finalist in Young Adult Fiction for 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and Indie Excellence Awards

    From the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
    Dromgoole: Actress born in Lamesa, Tech grad writes her first novel set in West Texas
    Glenn Dromgoole
    Sunday, March 29, 2009
    Story last updated at 3/29/2009 - 6:15 am

    Heather McPhaul's Texas roots are deep, even though she now lives in California. She was born in Lamesa and graduated from Borden County High School and Texas Tech, and her parents, Jack and Marilyn McPhaul, still live in Lubbock.

    McPhaul, who has appeared in TV series like "Boston Legal," "Will and Grace," "The Shield," and "Malcolm in the Middle," has written her first novel. Not surprisingly, it is set in West Texas.

    Her novel, "Raggedy Ann Heart" ([...]), revolves around 12-year-old -- soon to be 13 -- Lindy Logan, who desperately seeks her mother's approval and love but never can quite figure out how to get it.

    A big part of the problem, Lindy figures, has to do with her 8-year-old sister, Jo, who is obviously Momma's favorite, even if Jo is so weird that she talks to her Fruit Loop People and her imaginary friend Wendy. Father, meanwhile, is virtually impossible to communicate with.

    Lindy also longs to be accepted by the cool Fab Three girls at school, but the harder she tries to fit in the worse things seem to be.

    McPhaul has penned a novel with characters who come to life on the page. With the author's acting and entertainment production connections, I wouldn't be surprised some day to see "Raggedy Ann Heart" as a Lifetime movie. It's that good, with a powerful story line and plenty of drama and humor.

    The novel's primary audience would seem to be teens and women, but it certainly held my attention as well.

    It cries out for a sequel, and McPhaul is kicking around an idea of bringing back the sisters in a second book set perhaps 10 years later.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    I loved this book!

    I recently read Raggedy Ann Heart by a fellow blogger whose posts at Aging and Other Inconveniences (AgingGal dot com) always make me chuckle. Because I enjoy her blog so much, I decided to buy her book.

    What a great choice for a summer read. The story starts out in the 1970's and is told from the point of view of a 12-year-old girl, Lindy Logan. You can't help but identify with her experiences, finding herself uprooted from the town she has known as home for her first twelve years and trying to fit into a new school, and a new life in the rural Texas.

    Lindy is constantly vying for her mother's love, competing with her younger sister Jo. Her plan to secure a place in her mother's heart is to become a star, someone famous. Her trials and tribulations tug at the heart string sat times, and sometimes just make you laugh out loud.

    I loved this book; I loved watching the relationship between the two sisters, and the interaction between the parents. Lindy's mother had dreams, too. She was runner-up in the Miss Texas pageant and has her own regrets and challenges.

    Heather McPhaul has written a heart-warming tale of family love, sibling rivalry, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder that's well worth the time to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think you might, too.

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