The storm skipped round, digging out its swath like skipping rocks through town, mashing a house here to matchsticks, leaving one next door to stand untouched. Our farm was spared, but that don't mean we were the lucky ones.
For twelve-year-old Mony (short for Ramona Louise), a small town in Georgia and the stories her pa tells are all she knows of life. Her family is poor, but they work hard to make ends meet. And Mony has Georgie, her beloved older sister and very best friend.
Then, in horrifying succession, one disaster after another strikes and Mony, Georgie, and their baby sister are suddenly on their own. They must learn to survive, just the three of them. But Mony alone must cope with the one secret she fears will destroy them as a family.
Told in a funny, sensitive, and heartbreakingly original voice, the story of Mony and her sister is the story of family, and the unbreakable ties of love, devotion, and family history.
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Laurel Stowe Brady grew up in Vermont, the third oldest in a family of eleven children. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Law Enforcement and English. Laurel and her husband, Jim, are parents of a racially mixed family of eight children, and they have been foster parents for approximately one hundred others. They live in a small town in Utah. Say You Are My Sister is Laurel's first book for children.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-8-A story set in Georgia during World War II. With her mother having been killed during a tornado, and her father dying months later from the charge of an angry bull, Mony and her baby sister Keely Faye are more dependent than ever on their older half-sister Georgie. Hoping to secure more money for the family and later to further her dreams of a New York fashion career, 16-year-old Georgie borrows money from the bank to buy the town's only dress shop and to enable Mony to keep the family farm going. Hatching a plot to gain custody of adorable Keely Faye, the banker's childless wife, Magnolia Hewitt, forces all the businesses to deny credit to the sisters and even pushes toward early foreclosure on the farm, which Mony's family has proudly held for generations. Working for the once-hated Yankee Dr. Fellowes, Mony learns that her beloved Georgie was actually adopted and receives encouragement to hunt for the rumored family treasure. The plot charts amazing twists, some of the denouement is a bit forced, and the characterization of the hateful Hewitt seems thin, but Mony's tough, insightful, and occasionally deadpan ironic narration makes the story a pleasure. Messages about racial tolerance and what families should be are good ones, and readers will relate to the tenacious sisters.
Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060283076