My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt

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Tiger Ann Parker wants nothing more than to get out of the rural town of Saitter, Louisiana--far away from her mentally disabled mother, her "slow" father who can't read an electric bill, and her classmates who taunt her. So when Aunt Dorie Kay asks Tiger to sp the summer with her in Baton Rouge, Tiger can't wait to go. But before she leaves, the sudden revelation of a dark family secret prompts Tiger to make a decision that will ultimately change her life.

Set in the South in the late 1950s, this coming-of-age novel explores a twelve-year-old girl's struggle to accept her grandmother's death, her mentally deficient parents, and the changing world around her. It is a novel filled with beautiful language and unforgettable characters, and the importance of family and home. My Louisiana Sky is a 1998 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Fiction.
 

About Kimberly Willis Holt

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Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the other books in the Piper Reed series and has written many acclaimed novels, including The Water Seeker. She lives in West Texas. kimberlywillisholt.com Christine Davenier has illustrated many books for young readers, as well as the books in the Piper Reed series. She lives in Paris, France. piperreed.com
 
Published February 15, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 212 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Tiger loves her parents, but as she enters middle school she becomes increasingly aware that she’s socially ostracized by her classmates;

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She calms herself with the knowledge that her grandmother, who heads the household, has ""enough brains for all of us."" But Granny dies suddenly, and Tiger is left with an excruciating choice: Should she live with her sophisticated aunt in Baton Rouge, where she could find freedom but would brea...

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In this poignant adaptation of Holt's debut novel, actress Ivey's natural Southern twang goes down as smooth as ""Momma's extra-sweet lemondade."" Twelve-year-old Tiger Ann Parker finds herself going through some momentous changes in the summer following sixth grade.

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In this ""unusually auspicious debut,"" a girl living in a small Louisiana town in 1957 must choose whether to care for her mentally slow parents or to move in with a glamorous aunt in Baton Rouge.

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