After moving to California with her parents in 1967 and saying goodbye to her father as he leaves for Vietnam, Bets tries to settle into a small town routine. It doesn't take long before the town's most mysterious resident pushes Bets to reconsider how she feels about her mother, the war that has taken her father far away, and her own role in the events that show up in newspaper headlines and flash across her TV screen. "The characters unfold beautifully. They are complex, intriguing, and most of all, real." ~ Sarah Milne, English teacher, Kilmer Middle School, Fairfax County, Virginia.
|Publisher:||Birch Cove Books|
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About the Author
Brian Herberger has made a career out of young adult fiction, either reading and discussing with his students, curling up at the end of the day with a good book, or staying up late to write his own. Brian was a middle school English teacher for fifteen years and continues to work for a public school system. When he's in a bookstore, Brian inevitably ends up browsing in the young adult books section, and his son and daughter are now old enough that they're reading the same books along with him so they can discuss over dinner. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Brian now lives, reads, and writes in the Washington, DC area.
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Miss E. based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
The story of Bets and Miss E., set in 1960s California, drew me in from the beginning and held my attention until the very end. In fact, I did not want it to end! As Bets told the story though her diary, and shared her secrets with me, I felt like she was my best friend. I could feel her sadness as she said good bye to her dad, her anxiety as she approached Miss E.’s house for the first time, her excitement as she and her classmates competed for the prize in Mr. Flynn’s class project, her alarm when she found herself in the midst of a protest gone wrong, and her confusion as she pondered conflicting thoughts about the war. There are lots of fun surprises along the way, and of course both Bets and Miss E. learn a bit about themselves in the process. I would highly recommend this book for both young adult and adult readers!
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Miss E. is a young adult coming of age novel written by Brian Herberger. Elizabeth was fifteen years old when her family moved to Forestville, California, a sleepy little town several hours north of San Francisco. While rural and isolated, it was a big difference from the places where they had lived before, especially Texas and Kansas. Bets’ dad was in the army, so moving was no big deal for her. Bets packed light and was fairly adept at getting to know new places. While her mom had explained that the early July move was designed to help her get acquainted with the town and make some friends before school started, Bets knew better. It was 1967 and her dad was going to Vietnam. He was a gifted mechanic who maintained the army's planes and trucks, so he wouldn't be in as much danger as many other dads in the service would be. But Bets still couldn't wrap her mind around the thought that he'd be gone. She and her mom were totally different in temperament, while she could read so much in every little shrug or movement her dad made. Summer started pretty well. She quickly made three good friends and was looking forward to her first year in high school, but each day that passed meant his departure day was drawing closer. Brian Herberger's young adult coming of age novel, Miss E., is a modern-day classic set in the tumultuous 1960s. The reader's guide to this era in history is a most perceptive young woman whose army family background has left her a bit more grown up and experienced than many other kids her age. I loved watching her interact with her father and experiencing vicariously their easy and close relationship. And I marveled as he produced for her, almost as a magician would pull a rabbit out of his hat, a brand new bike and the chance at a part-time delivery job at the local market to make the trauma of his leaving a bit easier for her. From that point on, one can see Bets begin to blossom and thrive. She even gets to see that mysterious old lady, Miss E., whose trips into town in her ancient truck are the subject of universal awe and curiosity. Witnessing the most unlikely friendship of Bets and Miss E. develop was a joy, as was reading about Bets' freshman year in high school, where her world view is challenged and expanded by one very special teacher. I'm quite familiar with Forestville and the countryside surrounding it, and felt so much at home reading this book. Miss E. is beautifully written, and the plot is brilliant. Herberger's historical background is spot on as his main character and her peers confront the reality of the conflict in Vietnam and the toll it takes on the families of those serving. This is an extraordinarily fine coming of age tale that held me enthralled and engaged until I finished the final page. Miss E. is a remarkable debut novel, and it's most highly recommended.
Miss E. is an inspiring book for young adults as well as adults. The reader will discover a mysterious and special woman through the eyes of Bets, the town’s newest high school freshman. Thanks to Miss E., Bets is able to learn more about herself as a person, her relationship with her mother, and how she really feels about the Vietnam War. As a teacher, I was inspired by Mr. Flynn, the social studies teacher who gives his students a life-changing assignment. When my students read this book, they will understand how important it is to educate oneself and stand up for what is right. This book truly captures the spirit of the sixties, in a way that is enjoyable to read and easy to relate to. Bets is a fun, lovable character, and Miss E. is witty, wise, and brave. From the first chapter to the last, the words flew off the page!