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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kimberly Willis Holt Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN:
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In her people-smart way, Kimberly Willis Holt introduces us to a Louisiana family: touching, lyrical, and always intriguing, their stories reveal the powerful connections between four generations.

The journey begins in 1939 with Rose, who moves with her mother and siblings from rural Texas to live with their estranged grandfather in the Louisiana bayou. Rose connects with this flavorful community through her love of books and by driving a bookmobile.

Two decades later, Merle Henry, Rose's son, is more passionate about trapping a mink than about reading, although there is a place in his heart for Old Yeller. In 1973, Merle Henry's daughter, Annabeth, feels torn between reading fairy tales and a crush on a real-life knight in shining armor. And in the present day, Annabeth's son, Kyle, finds himself in a bind: he hates reading, but the only summer job he can get is at the library.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merica | 2/15/2014

    " I purchased this book at a reading conference where Kimberly Willis Holt was a guest speaker. Her talk was entertaining and her stories of the bookmobile drew me right in. I found the first Rose's stories delightful--couldn't get enough of them. However, I found that the following accounts seemed like Holt was trying too hard to tie these generational characters together. Overall, a very good book but not one of my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie Mabrey | 2/4/2014

    " Think it was okay but could have been great. Thought I missed out on the best part of each story. With trying to get all the generations in, the author missed the chance to let us fall in love with each time period. Would have rather seen this be a series with each book going deeper into the characters lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Etta Mcquade | 1/31/2014

    " I was surprised at how much I liked this book and the way the author ties together four generations of a Louisiana family by the influence of books in their lives. The story starts with Rose in 1939, who, looking 16, gets a job driving a bookmobile at age 14, and develops a love of books. How her children and grandchildren react to books is intriguing. I think teenagers would enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/29/2014

    " A quick read with great characters! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 1/27/2014

    " it was ok. nothing spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4th-8th | 1/19/2014

    " This should have been longer. How can you not love a book that centers around a book mobile, Louisana and a family that starts in the 1940's and ends in 2004? Kate Reading is a narrator I will seek out again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/24/2013

    " This was an interesting story. It is aimed towards middle school, but I think the theme/story will appeal more to older readers. It is sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 12/9/2013

    " A great story told in short story format. Different family members from different generations tell the story of their lives through the books they've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 11/23/2013

    " THe ending was a little weak, in my opinion. I also felt like I would've liked to read more about each of the characters in the story. Just when I was really getting into their story and interested in them, she would switch to another character. Overall, I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marit ^_^ | 11/12/2013

    " have it but haven't read it yet ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Womersley | 4/23/2013

    " This collection of stories spanning from the 1920s to the year 2004 about a Louisiana family was touching and sweet. I will recommend this book to my kids as well as to their grandparents! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/8/2013

    " Several generations of one family and their relationship with books and how they changed their lives. Great for any book lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katira | 4/2/2013

    " This is a really good book.Its about a a Louisiana family that didnt have much at first but they really learned how to survive.I suggest that you read it if you want to know more about this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 3/31/2013

    " I read over some reviews first and since the main problem most people had with it was it was too short I figured it couldn't be too bad. I thought this was a cute, fast read and liked how the author tied it all together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie A. | 1/23/2013

    " I wish it had been more memorable, because I remember my initial impression being that it was a sweet generational story, but none of the details stayed with me. I do recall loving the way books are so central to each story. That's my kind of world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tarah | 1/17/2013

    " I thought this book was great, as an adult. I think most kids would find it boring and a little too deep. But, like I said, I really liked it. Call me boring. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 12/16/2012

    " Cute little book. I thought about my family and maybe what some of the loves of my ancestors that I have also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 9/26/2012

    " I really liked it. This book kind of reminds me of the unit we did last year in Mr. Records class where we did the "I am" poems. It makes you think about your own family and where you come from, and who they are. It makes you think of how your family and it's past has an affect on you in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 8/28/2012

    " Fine but not well written. Boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hubbards | 4/13/2012

    " I really like this book so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Bessin | 7/26/2011

    " Interesting perspective as the story spans four generations of the same Louisiana family. I liked how the theme of books was integrated into each story from a different perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 4/9/2011

    " 2 short stories from the 30's the 60s and recent times covering 7 generations of family.The transformative powers of the library is featured in most of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 12/14/2010

    " THe ending was a little weak, in my opinion. I also felt like I would've liked to read more about each of the characters in the story. Just when I was really getting into their story and interested in them, she would switch to another character. Overall, I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 7/21/2009

    " Fine but not well written. Boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 3/14/2009

    " 2 short stories from the 30's the 60s and recent times covering 7 generations of family.The transformative powers of the library is featured in most of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katira | 9/12/2008

    " This is a really good book.Its about a a Louisiana family that didnt have much at first but they really learned how to survive.I suggest that you read it if you want to know more about this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 7/29/2008

    " A great story told in short story format. Different family members from different generations tell the story of their lives through the books they've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 7/11/2008

    " it was ok. nothing spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/14/2008

    " This was an interesting story. It is aimed towards middle school, but I think the theme/story will appeal more to older readers. It is sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 3/25/2008

    " Cute little book. I thought about my family and maybe what some of the loves of my ancestors that I have also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 3/17/2008

    " A quick read with great characters! "

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About the Author
Author Kimberly Willis HoltKimberly Willis Holt is the author of many award-winning novels, including Part of Me; Keeper of the Night; My Louisiana Sky; and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, which received the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Look for many of these titles, as well as the Piper Reed series and Dancing in Cadillac Light, on audio from Listening Library. Visit Kimberly online at www.kimberlywillisholt.com.
About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.