Promises

Promises

by Carolyn Frank

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Overview

Hattie is barely twelve when her pa’s “business adventures” disrupt her family and move them to the new town of Tropic, nestled in the shadows of old Ebenezer Bryce’s Canyon. Her pa views the town as opportunity. Hattie is hopelessly shy and views it with apprehension; she dreads the task of making new friends. More than anything else, Hattie wants to be like her father—not afraid of meeting new people, talking to strangers, and standing up for herself. So it is with trepidation that she accepts her pa’s challenge and promises to make new friends.
Hattie forms more promises as she struggles to make friends, finding companionship in places she wouldn’t have expected and learning that there is a difference between complaining and standing up for oneself.

Promises is a heartwarming story of friendship with a touch of mystery and adventure set in the days before Bryce Canyon became a national park. Drawn from the memoirs of early Utah settlers, it is a realistic glimpse into the past and a delightful story for readers ages eight to eighty.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014296786
Publisher: August Corp Press
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 413 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Carolyn Twede Frank grew up in a small town in Utah. Her love of writing first expressed itself in the third grade when she was given the assignment to write poetry and discovered the fun of creating rhymes. In high school, she had her own column in the school newspaper, and one of her articles took third place in a national editorial writing contest.
She began college with a minor in journalism. When an instructor slashed her writing up one side and down the other, she decided she wasn’t cut out to be a writer—even though the teacher gave her an A, and told her that his harsh critiques were meant to prepare her for the real world. In 2006, as a participant in her neighborhood book club, she read a novel that bothered her immensely by its contents. She thought, “I can write a better story than this!” Her love of writing was reawakened after twenty five years of dormancy, and she immediately began her first novel, Fleeing Flagstaff. Promises is Carolyn’s first published novel.
Carolyn currently lives in Utah with her husband and youngest daughter, where she continues to write and love life. You can visit her website: www.carolyntwedefrank.com.

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Promises 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I believe many of my students will enjoy it as well. I could really identify with Hattie. I was just like her. I wanted to speak up for myself, yet was shy enough and let myself be bullied and walked on for most of my life. I still don¿t like conflict. I loved the fact that promises meant so much to Hattie. Her promises were driven by a desire to solve a mystery based on items she found in the house they moved into. I definitely understood how Hattie felt when they moved from their home to their new place. That was exactly how I felt when we moved to Florida when I was fourteen. It was almost as if Carolyn followed me around as I grew up and had a microscope that showed her all of my thoughts and feelings. This book reminded me in many ways of the ¿Little House on the Prairie Series¿, which was always one of my favorites. I will have no problem recommending this book to my friends.
thestubbypencil More than 1 year ago
Promises is a middle grade to YA story about a young girl who makes promises to herself. Eleven-year-old Hattie Adair has a problem speaking up for herself. She is painfully shy and her family expects probably the hardest thing for a timid girl to do--they leave their home and friends in Orderville and move to the smaller town of Tropic, Utah near Bryce's Canyon. They move into a less-than-adequate home. As the family works on making their new home more comfortable, Hattie finds things that belong to the young girl who used to live there, someone she feels a great bond to, their lives are connected. Hattie promises herself that she will find this other girl and return her belongings, no matter what. This is the very reason Hattie's family was meant to move to this house. Hattie has made other promises to herself--promises to stand up for herself and speak up, which at the beginning she finds it easier to give in than speak up. Every time she does, another mistake is made, and they are hard lessons to learn. In this process of learning, Hattie does make a few friends. She learns that her family can be her best friends. She learns to speak up for herself by speaking up for others. Fate, or the hand of the Lord, moves Hattie one more time. She is so resistant to another move, but I think the Lord knew Hattie was the one who could and would truly make a difference in the life of that other young girl, Mae. When Hattie does find Mae, their lives become complicated. It builds to a suspenseful climax. I enjoyed this story and the descriptions of Bryce's National Canyon. I felt as if I was there seeing it for the first time. I'll have to make the trip again someday. I wasn't ready for the story to end. I would like to know more about these people, like an epilogue, or maybe there will be a book two?
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I believe many of my students will enjoy it as well. I could really identify with Hattie. I was just like her. I wanted to speak up for myself, yet was shy enough and let myself be bullied and walked on for most of my life. I still don’t like conflict. I loved the fact that promises meant so much to Hattie. Her promises were driven by a desire to solve a mystery based on items she found in the house they moved into. I definitely understood how Hattie felt when they moved from their home to their new place. That was exactly how I felt when we moved to Florida when I was fourteen. It was almost as if Carolyn followed me around as I grew up and had a microscope that showed her all of my thoughts and feelings. This book reminded me in many ways of the “Little House on the Prairie Series”, which was always one of my favorites. I will have no problem recommending this book to my friends.