Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Whistler's Hollow

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Whistler's Hollow

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FOR OLDER READERS (GRADES 4 TO 6) DADEY, DEBBIE. (2002). Whistler's Hollow. New York: Bloomsbury. ISBN 1-58234-789-1.

Set in the 192O's when the WWI has just ended, this is a story of a little girl learning to live in a new family after tragedy strikes her own family. When Lillie Mae's mother is killed in an industrial accident, her aunt ships her off to stay with a great aunt and uncle whom she has never met. They live out in the country in Whistler's Hollow, a rural part of Tennessee. Her great aunt and uncle are kind to her and she knows that she is welcome there, but she feels all alone. Her mother has been dead only a week and everyone believes that her father has been killed in the war.

Lillie Mae's school experience is horrible as the teacher is unkind and unhelpful and one of the boys picks on her and will not allow anyone else to talk to her. …

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