But Jessie also carries a secret about the father she never met — a secret so powerful that when her mother, Connie, learns of it, she sends the family on a journey to California with a traveling preacher. I wish there was more! Usually I don't read things set in a war time era. The character of the grandmother is unresolved and that kind of bothered me because the grandmother is such an ugly, bitter lady. In this case: a prophet for God. After discovering Jessie the younger sister has the gift of sight the family hits the road. She lives with her mother, grandmother and younger sister, Jessie.
As it turns out, Insightful was well worth a read! Elvira talks about how li This is a story about a girl, Elvira and her family, in the 1940's. Their Grandmother is possibly one of the most horrid, I am very excited to read this book. She felt as though she were swaying, woozy. This story is told through the eyes of Elvira, who is the daughter of Connie and Ray Witsil. The family is forced to move out of town to escape judgement from the local citizens. The other characters resolved their issues, but the grandmother was just sort of dropped form the story? Elvira Witsil feels as if no one ever pays any attention to her, she has never really had any friends because most of the townspeople look down on her family because her father was an alcoholic.
Visit her website at or find her on Facebook, From the Mixed-Up Files is the group blog of middle-grade authors celebrating books for middle-grade readers. I am a collector of vintage non-fiction books and magazines, in which I can get lost, but they are invaluable for advertisements, fashion, popular products, pricing, and other period information as well as language of the day. The cover makes it look more modern, as does the catch phrase under the title. It did not otherwise really portray much about what life was like during that era though some was present and perhaps therefore a contemporary setting would be more attractive to young readers and still provide a backdrop for the theme of the book which was really about the burden of guilt, finding God, and reconciling with the life you are given, including those who are in your family. The only person who loved her was her father but he was gone, reported to be missing in action during the war.
. Added to this mix, Elvira is faced with a distant mother, a cantankerous grandmother, and a little sister who has a strange ability to see the future, along with a kind pastor their driver who offers a new perspective on faith. It didn't connect deep within me as other books have. She loves books, even though her strict grandmother forbids her to read certain kinds, like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Joining them is a traveling preacher.
These secrets will lead Elvira and her family on a journey far away from home—on a journey toward redemption and healing—if she can just bring herself to believe. Shocking and heart-shattering, this was the next strongest novel to Forbidden. I enjoyed Elvira as the narrator. She can see what happens in the future What if you could see things before they happen? The cover has to do with the story and is one of my favorites of 2011. However, it wasn't terribly written. Ever scince her sister, Jessie, was born, seems like no one in the world would know her name. Format: Hardcover, also available Diana Greenwood grew up with the Bobbsey Twins, Laura Ingalls, Huck and Tom, the Hardy Boys, Jo, Francie Nolan, and Oliver Twist.
Little sister is 'different' and when she finally speaks her Young adult 2 book. But I have a little sister. The story takes place in the 1940s and is told by Elvira. I should have been able to read this book in one sitting, but those parts had me setting the book down to pinch my nose between my thumb and forefinger in annoyance. I struggled with her in her transformation toward a woman of faith. Ever since he was declared missing in action, Elvira has felt responsible for his presumed death.
I wasn't expecting the time period of the book to be in the 1940's. Elvira's family is very poor and Insight Dina Greenwood 218 pages Realistic fiction Elvira. Jessie spoke rarely and when she did, they were words that a child would not think of saying. In their house, she felt unnoticed — only noticed when people need her help with household chores. This story is a coming of age story and I enjoyed it for that reason. Elvira is lonely and feels 'different' due to their lifestyle, her father's dysfunction and her guilt that she indirectly caused her father's death.
This book was well written, but a bit bland in parts, giving you just enough to keep your interest but not enough to hold your attention for long periods of time. These secrets will lead Elvira and her family on a journey far away from home---on a journey toward redemption and healing---if she can just bring herself to believe. Her mother always seemed to be angry, noticing her every wrong move and only noticing her when she could be useful. God apparently didn't mind where you were as long as you believed. But people see God the way they want to.