Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge

Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge

by Kristin L. Gray

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Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Nathan Gray More than 1 year ago
Really good book nice job mom!
Jenna Grodzicki More than 1 year ago
Vilonia Beebe is the kind of character that readers will fall in love with. She is full of spunk and a fighting spirit. Her main goal throughout the story is to prove she is responsible enough to get a dog. She believes a dog will help her mother heal from the Infinite Sadness she's been in since Vilonia's nana passed away. Her attempts at being responsible don't always turn out the way she planned, including an incident with some bottle rockets, but Vilonia's heart is always in the right place. Kristin L. Gray has taken a serious topic and presented it in a way children can understand and relate to. 5 stars for Vilonia!
ReaderWriterEducator More than 1 year ago
Because of Winn-Dixie has a special place in my heart. Using that beloved novel as a springboard and reference point for the main character might be risky in a less skilled author’s hands, but Gray’s story hits the mark to stand alongside this classic. Like Because of Winn-Dixie and Clementine, the author’s outstanding narrative voice and endearing characters make Vilonia Beebe a pure joy to read. This story is rich - the language, the plot, and priceless tidbits that flesh out the story with fun.
Andrea Page More than 1 year ago
I loved Vilonia's plucky personality. She does take charge and demonstrate responsibility. She has a flare for writing, but also readers will see her as a young girl making mistakes in life as well. The author wrote an entertaining story that will linger in the minds of readers. This book has it all- action, excitement, and humor. Classrooms should study this book for author's craft.
KarenHallam More than 1 year ago
Fourth-grader, Vilonia, Vi for short, started out in the world four times smaller than the largemouth bass hanging in her daddy’s shop. That was almost ten years ago. Now that her mother has taken ill since Nana passed away, Vilonia must forge ahead. With a reputation for taking in destitute creatures, she spots a poster that might help her mother not feel depressed anymore. "The most powerful antidepressant has 4 paws and a tail. 555-PETS." And her favorite book, Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo, is her inspiration to begin The Great Pet Campaign. Meanwhile, Momma hasn’t written a single obituary for the newspaper since Nana died. (Or Nana’s) She’ll be replaced if she doesn’t write something soon, and why Vilonia steps in to help. No one would know it was Vilonia writing the county obits. But there’s no way her father will agree to a dog. Even with the pet fund, she’s saved. Her mother is in no condition to handle any extra work. Vilonia would just have to prove how responsible she really was and she needed to find the right dog to convince her dad. When her brother finds out her secret, he and her BFF, Ava Claire, work together to help Vilonia and wind up in a little trouble. There’s a lot of love in this story. Vilonia holds her family together while working to bring Ray Charles home. The premature shelter dog she fell in love with. She knows it will help her mother with her "Infinite Sadness". And it will help Vilonia. Once she proves how responsible she is. An endearing story for any child, who has ever dreamt of bringing home a dog, and the adventures that prove what you’re willing to endure for what you love. Vilonia is fearless in her pursuit.