At 12, Peyton McKenzie isn't ready to share her widowed father with anyone, let alone Nora, her redheaded, cigarette-smoking cousin who just rolled into town behind the wheel of a pink Thunderbird. But her father seems to like Nora, and she does make for good conversation with her friends at the Losers Club, and prim Aunt Augusta hates her, which means she can't be all bad. In fact, maybe Nora is just what quiet Lytton, Georgia, needs this summer.And when Nora takes a job teaching the first integrated honors class at the local high school, it looks like she might stay forever. But it becomes clear that something is troubling her. Peyton knows it's more than the local gossips who don't like Nora's "unsouthern" ways. When the shocking truth comes to light, it will stun this small segregated town and, more importantly, teach Peyton a lesson she will never forget about love and its enormous cost.
©2000 Anne Rivers Siddons; (P)2000, 2003 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.
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"In addition to her impeccable re-creation of Southern speech and atmosphere, Siddons captures the angst of adolescence with practiced skill, and she handles the rising drama of her plot so smoothly that the book has all the marks of bestsellerdom." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie on 05-11-13

A nice surprise

Would you listen to Nora, Nora again? Why?

Yes, having heard nothing of this book previously, I thought the blurb sounded interesting and bought it. It begins with a very angery child trying to find her place in her southern town and into womanhood. All the characters are very well portrayed down to the secondary, and passer by characters. I liked the relationships with Nora, her Grandma and her father, as well as her frienemies in the Loosers Club. This book would have gotten 5 stars if it had not had a very strange and unresolved plot line via the grandmother before her death that was underdeveloped and caused the girl to act out of character. I didn't understand why it was in there if she wasn't going to do anything else with it, but even with this very annoying bit in it the book, overall, fantastic. For some reason it gave me the To Kill a Mocking Bird feel, but I'm not sure why. I recomend this book.

Have you listened to any of Debra Monk’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I liked this one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, not any one part over another.

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