A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
Perfect for fans of One for the Murphys and The Penderwicks, this poignant and moving middle grade novel tells the story of a girl who moves to a new town and meets an unforgettable family—one that will change her and her mother’s lives forever.
Magnolia Grace never wanted to leave Georgia. She never wanted to move with her mama to the farm her daddy owned before he died. But now here she is, in a tiny Vermont town where everybody sings the praises of the father Maggie never knew.
Then Maggie meets the Parker family—two moms, six kids, plus a pony. The Parkers are loud and wild, ask lots of questions, and don't follow any of the rules Maggie grew up with in Georgia. Suddenly Maggie has questions too—questions about her father, and why Mama kept him away for so long.
In her search for answers, Maggie will learn that families are like patchwork quilts, sewn together by love, and all the more beautiful for their different colors.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Nanci Turner Steveson grew up in Connecticut, England, and Texas, always with a book in one hand, the reins of a pony in the other. She wrote her first “novel” at the age of nine about a wild horse named Liberty. Nanci works with the Off Square Theatre Company as a stage manager and youth-performer shepherd. She is a reading fairy to book-hungry children and a riding instructor. The mother of two grown sons, Nanci lives in a meadow at the foot of the Grand Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with her Arabian horse and a 100-pound rescue dog named Story. She is the founder of the Literacy for Hope project, dedicated to getting books into the hands of the homeless. Visit her online at www.nanciturnersteveson.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was sucked in immediately by Maggie's voice, and wanted to stay forever in the beautiful Vermont town where she hopes to find a fresh start. Young readers will connect easily with the lovingly drawn and diverse cast of kids in this unforgettable story.
I really enjoyed this gentle, warmhearted story with its imperfect but goodhearted characters, their journeys through some very difficult situations and eventual triumphs over them, and even a bit of ongoing mystery that is tastefully revealed at the end to pack both a wallop and huge dose of understanding and compassion. I can honestly say I didn't see it coming, but when it came it fit so perfectly that everything suddenly made sense. It's a good reminder that things, and people, aren't always what they seem, and that most of us are struggling to do our best in a complicated world. A recommended, realistic read about both friendship and family, and about how sometimes they become one in the same.