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4.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 5 4.24 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Silas House Narrator: Silas House Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781455801176
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The summer of 1976 should have been the best of times for nature-loving Eli Book, but instead it is filled with terrible changes. His sister begins to hate her country. His beautiful but distant mother is caught between his traumatized Vietnam War vet father and his former antiwar protester aunt, who has come to live with them. And the only person with whom he can be himself, his best friend, Edie, begins to turn inward when her parents split up. Watching from the sidelines while his world falls apart, Eli must take his first courageous steps toward truth-telling and adulthood.

Eli the Good is this generation's To Kill A Mockingbird.” —Pamela Duncan, author of Moon Women

“Destined to become a classic.” —Goodreads

“As in any good southern novel, it’s the well-drawn characters and rich setting that make this a memorable story.” —Kirkus Reviews

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin Sterling | 1/21/2014

    " The book was pretty well-written, but I couldn't get over the fact that it did not sound like the voice of a ten-year old. At all. Which maybe could be explained by the epilogue in which the boy is all grown up, but still. Yes, the boy is curious, but he is all too thoughtful, observant, precocious, and reflective. Set around 1976, Eli seems to be the only one that pulls his family together--between his rebellious 16-year-old sister (who still loves him), his dad the Vietnam vet who is experiencing traumatic PTSD, his aunt Nell the war protester who Eli finds out has cancer, and his best friend whose parents are going through a terrible divorce. Just didn't do it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 1/13/2014

    " You can read my thoughts here. (3.5/5) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/6/2014

    " Sure to make my "best of the year" list, Silas House has created a novel for any age. 10 year-olds, teens, and adults will enjoy this story--which makes it a perfect book to share. I love how House is able to create an array of adults that influence and guide our young narrator's development through a tough coming-of-age expereince. I'm so glad to have someone like House trying his deft hand at a younger voice. His success is clear in both his careful writing and his emotional story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/4/2014

    " This was a story of family and friends and a boy growing up in the late 70s. Eli's story of growing up with a Vietnam Vet father who suffers from PTSD is a satisfying read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suziqoregon | 1/4/2014

    " My blog post about this book is at this link. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susannah | 12/27/2013

    " Really good historical fiction! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 12/25/2013

    " What lovely book this was! Somehow it was supposed to be juvenile fiction but it was a little heavy for that with the Viet Nam theme even tho it was written from a young boy's perspective. Silas House writes so simply but so beautifully that he makes it seem easy but it isn't. I would have given it more stars if I could have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 12/19/2013

    " Another great book by Silas House. I'll be anxiously awaiting more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/18/2013

    " Wonderful! A coming of age story about Eli who is in his teens in the 1970s. His father fought in Vietnam and is coping with flashbacks. His father's sister moves in with the family and she protested against Vietnam. As if that were not enough tension, she is battling cancer. Eli's sister is also navigating dating and the teenage years. And mom is holding it all together. Eli's best friend is a girl who is coping with divorce at her house. So we have a rich story. But best of all is the setting. Eli and his dad, in particular, find solace in the forest where they have beloved places with trees that help them to calm down and think. Another great book from Silas house. On to "Clay's Quilt"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/6/2013

    " Reading this book is like going home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/5/2013

    " My dad picked up this book the day after my daughter was born. And in the first three weeks of her life, everyone in the family has read it. This is Silas' first young adult novel and it is a gem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 11/20/2013

    " Beautiful, sad, hopeful, endearing, crushing and yet uplifting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan E. | 10/16/2013

    " a truly lovely book about life in Kentucky, small town life, family intricacies, war, friendship "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 10/6/2013

    " Excellent - great character development and pretty good story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah-Beth FLoyd | 8/28/2013

    " This is a Great book. It's not one of those light reads. I love when narriators refer back to their past like in To Kill a Mockingbird. This is defanetley going to be on my favorits list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda McReynolds | 4/7/2013

    " Wonderful story! Read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Stringer | 8/21/2012

    " I just finished this book- what a gorgeous story! I had not read any books by Silas House, but now I will read all of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy | 8/11/2012

    " The cover art is beautiful. I liked the tread of a love of trees that ran through the novel's characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mavis Wilson | 8/1/2012

    " Not a lot of action but it certainly put me back into the summer of 1976. I did not have a hard time being in the Eli's shoes and understanding all the growing he did in that short time. An emotional book which I would recommend to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/30/2012

    " This book is a heartbreaking look at how war affects soldiers but also their families, especially children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 11/29/2011

    " A well-written, engrossing family saga, but I do question how well it works as a kid's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/19/2011

    " Quite different than anything I've read. The pace was beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Evelyn Oros | 10/14/2011

    " Wow! A page turner from the beginning. I loved how all the characters were well developed. Strong women characters with a male narrator. I enjoyed the connections to hsitorical events. I can't wait to recommend to my students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luanne | 8/2/2011

    " I want Eli to be my son, except the one I have is pretty awesome. Set it the 70's, it brought back the fashion, music and issues of my teen years. Cute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen | 5/18/2011

    " A wonderful little book which literally sings! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 3/20/2011

    " Overall, it was good. The time period was especially interesting to me but the 'hurt' was too late and too short to have offered much of a struggle to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 3/20/2011

    " I just finished this book- what a gorgeous story! I had not read any books by Silas House, but now I will read all of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aby | 3/13/2011

    " most of it is good so far but i need a little help on understanding this please "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Callee | 2/21/2011

    " I liked it, it was good. I did not love it as much as I loved his other 3, but a good read none the less... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah-Beth | 1/12/2011

    " This is a Great book. It's not one of those light reads. I love when narriators refer back to their past like in To Kill a Mockingbird. This is defanetley going to be on my favorits list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 evermeg | 1/2/2011

    " a truly lovely book about life in Kentucky, small town life, family intricacies, war, friendship "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/10/2010

    " What an incredible story. 5 Stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 10/10/2010

    " This was a beautifully written book. Eli is so real. I wanted to reach through the pages and scoop him up and hug him. It tugged at my heart, but didn't leave me feeling overwhelmed or morose. I appreciated that. "

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About the Author
Author Silas House

Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of Eli the Good as well as the award-winning novels Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, and The Coal Tattoo. He is an associate professor at Berea College and lives in eastern Kentucky.