The Healing Spell

The Healing Spell

by Kimberley Griffiths Little


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Critically acclaimed author Kimberley Griffiths Little brings to life a sweeping and heartfelt story set against the lush backdrop of the bayou.

Twelve-year-old Livie is living with a secret and it's crushing her. She knows she is responsible for her mother's coma, but she can't tell anyone. It's up to her to find a way to wake her momma up.

Stuck in the middle of three sisters, hiding a forbidden pet alligator, and afraid to disappoint her daddy, whom she loves more than anyone else, Livie struggles to find her place within her own family as she learns about the powers of faith and redemption. Livie's powerful, emotional, and sometimes humorous story will stay with readers long after the last line is read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545165594
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 250,124
Product dimensions: 8.72(w) x 5.82(h) x 1.22(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kimberley Griffiths Little is the author of THE HEALING SPELL and CIRCLE OF SECRETS, as well as dozens of short stories that have appeared in numerous publications, and the novels BREAKAWAY, ENCHANTED RUNNER, and THE LAST SNAKE RUNNER. She is the winner of the Southwest Book Award. Kimberley lives near the banks of the Rio Grande in New Mexico in a solar adobe house with her husband and their three sons.

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The Healing Spell 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Certified_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
Livie has a frightening secret; her mother is in a coma and she's responsible for it. She's terrified her mother might die, and even more terrified her family will hate her if they find out her secret. She already feels so alone that losing their love would be unbearable. Burdened with the truth, Livie tries to come to terms with her guilt, but guilt isn't the only weight on her eleven-year-old shoulders. She's trying to find her own place in the world. Unfortunately, her world is changing and she's not sure which way to turn. Her older sister is supposed to be getting married and leaving, her little sister cries at everything, and her father quit his job to care for his wife. Circumstances are forcing Livie to adapt, and she isn't very good at it. After deciding her best hope at redemption is to heal her mother, Livie visits Miz Allemond, a traiteur, and gets a healing spell. The spell isn't full of magic words and instant results. Instead, it forces Livie to take a closer look at the world and people around her, including herself. I loved THE HEALING SPELL! Though not my usual fare of fantasy or paranormal, this book captured me from the start. It was easy for me to feel connected with Livie as she struggled to find her place in her family and the world around her. Livie reminded me what it was like to be eleven; that in-between age where you're no longer a child, but not a teen either. Her loneliness and longing reached through the pages of the book and grabbed the lonely, longing child within me. With a firm hold on my inner child, Livie took me on an adventure of self-discovery. I shed more tears while reading this book than I have in a long time and felt better for the catharsis. Through Livie, I rediscovered my eleven-year-old self and gained a stronger understanding of the woman I am today. THE HEALING SPELL is more than a book; it's a salve for the soul, a balm for the burdened, and an enjoyable read for everyone. THE HEALING SPELL does more than heal the characters, it heals the reader!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was jst full of meaning and i loved it. But there was as flaw in it and i felt like she rushed over in the part of livies confrssion . But it was a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happened to read this book after The Circle of Secrets. Thankfully it didn't spoil anything reading them out of order! Livie is harboring some awful guilt, guilt that binds her up inside like a giant, no-good knot. Typical of children in this age group, she thinks that the accident which caused her mama's sleeping sickness (coma) was her fault. After traveling the bayou to find the local traiteur (who might be the only one to save her mama with a healing spell) Livie has specific tasks to perform. But Livie learns that she might be the one who needs healing more than anyone. Filled with family dynamics, southern soul food that will leave you drooling, plenty of emotion and mystery, The Healing Spell will remind readers to look for the good in every situation. I highly recommend this book to middle-grade kids and readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Introduction The Healing Spell by Kimberly Griffiths Little is a surprisingly wonderful. I started it on one day and couldn't put it down until I finished it late into the night. The story grabs you and pulls you along. Description and summary of main points Livie lives in the bayous of Louisiana with her family. Her mother has been injured and is in a coma. Her father brings her home to hopefully recover, although the hospital doesn't give her much chance. Eleven year old Livie is a middle child who doesn't feel like she fits in her family and is carrying a terrible secret about her mother's injury and feels she must do something to help her recover from her "sleeping sickness." Evaluation It is a story told through Livie's eyes and mind. It is about a family's healing, loving and reaching out to each other. The characters are fully drawn and realistic. Every character is one you can understand and sympathize with. The book deals with universal truths and feelings and draws you in beautifully. Conclusion The author shows great skill in the storytelling, revealing the plot in natural and intriguing ways. Brief descriptions are woven naturally into the story vividly enough you can visualize everything and the narrative never lags. Your final review It is a book about family, faith, healing, and reconciliation. There is a healing spell in it, but it is really about the magic in love and faith and commitment.
monkey13 More than 1 year ago
your love this book its heart warming and sad:)!!!
agapegrace More than 1 year ago
This book stands out to me as a piece of realistic and poignant fiction. It's full of a sense of depth about the hidden feelings and secrets in a young girl's heart as she seeks to make sense of the tragedy that caused her mother to become comatose. Livie seeks healing for her mother and answers for herself when she visits a mysterious woman known as a traiteur. The complex healing spell that she is given works in a way different from what she expects. Mostly, it brings about a change in her thinking. What I loved most about this book is the way it delves deep into the relationships within Livie's family. Even before their mother's accident, there were problems amongst the family members, and her perpetual state of coma invites an exploration of just what the family is made of. Will they be able to help each other, though they handle their grief in different ways? Throughout it all, Livie's father stands as a rock for them in his own compassionate way. The various symbols throughout the book also served to drive the meaning of the story deeper into my heart as I read. The healing spell itself represents various aspects of Livie and her relationship with her mother that have to heal so that she can accept what has happened and to gain peace. A baby alligator named T-Baby (who I loved to the very core of my being) seems to symbolize the way Livie wishes she could hold onto a sense of uncomplicated innocence. Geared toward the middle grades, this book is really is a treat for any age, especially anyone who likes to think about relationships and what makes them important.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Filled with mystery and old Southern charm, this book has serious heart. In THE HEALING SPELL, Livie is trying to cope with her mother's current state. She is in a coma. Also, she has a secret so big it threatens to consume her if anyone were to find out. Livie would do anything to get her mother back, which leads her to seek the help of a voodoo healer. And it is this healer who sends her on a journey she will never forget. As mystical and breathtaking as the bayou itself, Kimberley Griffiths Little's story about the unspoken love between a mother and her daughter is sure to move you. With characters full of personality and life, you will easily find yourself falling in love with this struggling family. This really is a perfect read.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have wanted to read this since I first saw the cover. Usually that is not what draws me in. However, when I learned it was set in the bayous of Louisiana, that was another reason to read it. I have a wonderful friend from Louisiana that I will be lending this book to.Livie's mother has been brought home from the hospital in a comotose state. The family is going to care for her. Livie can't seem to go near her mom. She hides a secret about her mom's accident and feels so guilty that it is eating her up. She decides she has to find a way to help her mother and to heal her so she seeks out a voodoo priestess to get a healing spell. This story was wonderful and all about forgiveness. I believe it will touch your heart the way it touched mine.
Soniamarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really good pre teen novel. I don't see it being the next Old Yeller or Black Beauty being passed generation to generation but I enjoyed it and I think young adults will enjoy it also as well as learn a few things from it.Livie is eleven and her summer vacation is going to be spent taking care of her mother who is in a coma from an accident that Livie had some vague involvement in. Livie is carrying around a burden of guilt and hopes to redeem herself by using a healing spell to make her mother wake up. Meanwhile, she is suffering feelings of "in between sydrome." Being a middle child, Livie doesn't always feel like she is a part of her own family. She is also a tom boy and feels stuck in between the worlds of green hair ribbons and catching frogs. Livie also feels in between the worlds of childhood and adulthood. She no longer sits at the kiddie table, but is she ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a bedridden mother?A very good read but the time frame was very vague. The family lives in a bayou and the children boat to school, the older sister is getting married at 17, kindergarten is not required, and an uncle is traumatized from the war but there is no mention of which war. I found it hard to believe people may be living like this in 2010 and I came to the conclusion the setting may be the 1960s... Who knows? A good read about guilt and forgiveness. Children that read this will twice before sticking their tongues out at their mothers and declaring, "I hate you!" Will Livie's mom wake up? If she does, will she forgive Livie? An even bigger question is will Livie forgive herself?
Cajunbooklady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying WOW! This was a fantastic Middle-Grade read! If Kimberley wasn't raised in our bayou towns, then she sure did her research! This was a well written heart-touching story. We follow Livie throughout the story as she has to deal with tough problems due to a tragedy and learn to believe in herself. It was a sad tale at times with an uplifting message. The characters were a fine representation of bayou kids growing up. (and so were the adults) The book rings true to life down here, so I zoomed through it and will be recommending this to local libraries and anywhere else I can get to. I really have nothing but great things to say about this one!I have to say the "The Healing Spell" was one of the best representations of Cajun life that I've read in a long time. Her dialog (IMO) was spot on. The little details and stories told by the people (which are such an important part of the book) sounded like they could have come out of the mouths of life-long bayou residents.To Kim I say, AYEEEEEE!! This gets two thumbs up and five stars! And yes, there are more books in the works which I can't wait to read. I hope the best of success for Kimberley with these!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it the emotions the reality of it was great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not yet read this book for i am only 11 my wpm (words per minuite) is 228 is this to hard fome or to easy please tell me i need HELP.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Absolutly Love This Bookk . One Of My Favorites Of All Tiimme (: You Have To Read It . It Really Touchee My Heart As A Child Of My Age .
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Cant wait to read gonna be an awesome book! Sounds peerfect!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book a little, forgot about it but eventially i made room for it. Im so uappy the anklet worked! I got teary eyed when livie found her mamas painting of the Tbaby added in it. I was tear eyed the whole book! Yet quite happy!
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Good book for teens and up. Kind of slow in a couple of spots but was still worth reading. Very sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It it touching and enjoying. BUY THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never read this book but my sister has and she said it was good so ever since she has been pushing me to read it so by her actions i would rate it theree or four stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. HEART <3 warming and saddening. Great book. ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it half way through its so sad and heart warming youll love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read i cant wait to read circle of serects it sounds so good