A Blue-Eyed Daisy by Cynthia Rylant
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an amazing year

Ellie Farley's father, Okey, drinks too much, mostly because he hasn't been able to work since he was injured in a mining accident. He hasn't been able to hunt, either, so it's strange when he brings home a hunting dog, a beagle named Bullet.

But Bullet is only the first odd thing that happens to Ellie the year she's eleven. She sees a favorite uncle go off to war; a boy in her class has a fit in the middle of geography and another is accidentally killed while target shooting; and Okey drives his Chevy pickup off the mountain, with near-tragic consequences. But still Ellie manages the ordinary pleasures of making a best friend and getting kissed for the first time -- it's no wonder she confides to Bullet on her twelfth birthday, "Some year."
 

About Cynthia Rylant

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Cynthia Rylant is a Newbery Medalist and the author of many acclaimed books for young people. She's well known for her popular characters for early readers, including Mr. Putter & Tabby and Henry and Mudge. She lives near Portland, Oregon. Visit her website at www.cynthiarylant.com. Arthur Howard created the lively illustrations for all of the Mr. Putter & Tabby books and has written and illustrated several picture books of his own. He lives in New York City.
 
Published June 30, 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 122 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Business is booming at Martha Jane's Bookshop, because everyone in town loves Martha Jane, the owner's dog.

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God sits reading in Cat Heaven, where cats ""are so loved and spoiled/ God lets them all/ lie on His bed,"" and when he walks in his garden there is ""a kitty asleep on His head."" Whether or not this view of heaven will please the clergy or be helpful to children who have lost pets, Rylant's fee...

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Four short chapters in a format between beginning-to-read and longer chapter books describe a family's existence through the seasons.

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Four short chapters, each set in a different season, describe the simple but bountiful existence of Willie Meadow and his family in the peaceful countryside of Blue Hill, Va.

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In a boxed review, PW called this novel of 11-year-old Ellie Farley, living in a coal-mining town in West Virginia, "an exquisite novel, written with love."

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