Walking with Miss Millie

Walking with Miss Millie

by Tamara Bundy


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399544569
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 221,134
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Tamara Bundy is a high school English teacher with a Master’s degree in writing, and is a former columnist for the Cincinnati Post (her regular column on being a mom also appeared on EWTN global Catholic radio). Walking with Miss Millie is her debut novel. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Walking with Miss Millie 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
onemused 7 months ago
"Walking with Miss Millie" is a sweet middle grade novel that deals with a lot of different issues in the life of Alice, an almost 11-year-old (who turns 11 during the story). It's the 1960s, and Alice's mother has moved her and her brother to Rainbow, Georgia to live with their grandmother, who has what Alice calls the "forgetting disease" (I'm assuming Alzheimer's). Alice's father left them a while back, but Alice doesn't really understand and is constantly hopeful that their father will return and take her back to Ohio. She frequently reads his old letters and tries to connect with him from a distance. After her mother catches her listening in on Miss Millie's phone call (they have a telephone party line), she makes her go over and apologize and offer to help her. When Alice visits the 92-year-old black woman, Miss Millie asks her to help walk her dog. As the dog won't go for a walk without his owner, Miss Millie comes on the walks with Alice. While they walk, they talk, and Miss Millie describes her life and stories- often teaching Alice about racism. For instance, the denial of healthcare to her young son, who died as a result. Listening to the stories of Miss Millie's life, Alice gains new perspectives into her own life. There's a host of other characters with their own stories too, such as Pam, the 8-year-old that keeps popping up. As Alice warms up to her, she learns about Pam's father, who is verbally and physically abusive. This gives Alice pause to think about her own father. While many of the issues that appear in the book are not dealt with, they raise a lot of potential discussion points for younger readers. I think this book would be best read with a discussion in classrooms or at home. There are a lot of valuable conversation starters/potential lessons, which can help developing young minds. Overall, this is an intriguing middle grade novel, and I would recommend using it to frame important discussions. Please note that I received a copy through a giveaway. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so touched by this book. When Alice moves to Rainbow, Georgia, she doesn't want to stay. She has a huge desire to go back home to Ohio and reunite with her father--both of which might not come true. This book is about finding home wherever we are, and how new and unexpected (perhaps unlikely) friendships can help us discover what we're actually looking for. Bundy juggles big world issues and smaller ones with finesse and grace, grounding the story in the authentic and uplifting relationship between Miss Millie and Alice Girl. I couldn't wait to find out where it would all end up. And when I got there, it was definitely satisfying. This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend.