Year of the Sawdust Man

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Young Nissa comes home one day to find her mother gone for good, but she doesn't understand why. Then, she finds her father's interest growing in another woman. Wading through the gossip of her small Louisiana town, Nissa struggles with her own emotional roller coaster and tries to get her life back together during the Great Depression.
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Overview

Young Nissa comes home one day to find her mother gone for good, but she doesn't understand why. Then, she finds her father's interest growing in another woman. Wading through the gossip of her small Louisiana town, Nissa struggles with her own emotional roller coaster and tries to get her life back together during the Great Depression.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571316790
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 223
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

A. LaFaye (the "A" is for Alexandria) is the author of Worth, for which she received the Scott O'Dell Award, as well as The Year of the Sawdust Man, Nissa's Place, The Strength of Saints, Edith Shay, Strawberry Hill, and Dad, in Spirit. She teaches at California State University at San Bernardino during the school year and at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, in the summer. She lives in Cabot, Arkansas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2001

    My Favorite....

    This is a great book - inspiring and imaginative...something every child needs in his or her life!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    MY FAVORITE BOOK!!!

    The Year of the Sawdust Man is the best book I have ever read! Alexandria Lafaye really told how Nissa feels and thinks. I could not put this book down...ever!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

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    Reviewed by Hannah Marie for TeensReadToo.com

    Welcome to Harper, Louisiana, circa the 1930s. The norm is rule-abiding, conservative white folks. If you don't fit this mold, be ready to serve as the subject of town gossip and superstitions, just like the Bergen family.

    Ivar is caring while his wife, Heirah Rae, is both free-spirited and strong-willed. As for their preteen daughter, Nissa, she is a dynamic combination of both. The Bergens' get the unwanted attention of many, especially when Heirah Rae suddenly leaves the family for a new life. Speculation arises about: her whereabouts, Nissa's somewhat extreme behavior, and Ivar's courtship of another woman.

    How will Nissa and the rest of her loved ones adjust when the entire town is morally judging them?

    If you're looking for a serious-toned book that captures the difficulties that separation has on children, look no further. THE YEAR OF THE SAWDUST MAN is unforgettable. Nissa's emotional struggle after her mother's disappearance is realistic and proves that while children are never to be blamed for the separation of their parents, it is hard for them to overcome that initial sense of guilt.

    The book also explores various explanations on why adults separate, the relationships between step-parents and kids, and the acceptance of differing perspectives. Definitely a must-read for all who may be in situations similar to Nissa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    A wonderful book

    The Year of the Sawdust man is beautifully written book. It has a great story line that keeps you hooked and makes you wonder what going to happed next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2001

    A gripping, satisfying novel

    In 1934, it's unusual for a mother to choose to leave home. Eleven-year-old Nissa is thrown for a loop when her mother does. True, Heirah's always been a spontaneous, unpredictable person whose mood would shift 'like a change in the weather,' one minute full of joy, the next minute full of anger. But Nissa's always felt very close to her. They've shared a million secrets and every adventure, so Nissa doesn't know what to think when she finds the house empty and her mama's clothes gone. She wants answers, but there aren't any. There's only gossip ¿ and suspicions about a Sawdust Man ¿ An empathetic look at the forces that shape families and the bonds that hold people (sometimes too tightly).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    The Best!

    I read this book, and couldn't put it down! It was the best ever. A.Lafaye did a great job on this one! I highly recommend this book!

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