Pat Edwards Nelda

ISBN 13: 9780395430217

Nelda

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Eleven-year-old Nelda and her family have their share of hard times during the Depression, but Nelda knows it is her destiny to be rich some day and when she becomes a companion to the elderly Miss Mattie May, she knows she's taken a step in the right direction.

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Grade 5-8 It wasn't until Nelda had her fortune read that she ever thought of being anything but dirt poor like her Mississippi family, reduced by the Great Depression to itinerant farming. Then her fortune is read, and she learns that she will become rich. Fortune, good and bad, comes quickly: no more work on the Connor farm, a wreck in the old flivver, the birth of Mama's twins, and Miss Mattie May Wynn, who helps the family with food and shelter and asks as payment that one of the children moves into her home as her companion. This threat to family unity is apparent to all except 11-year-old Nelda, so eager to reach out toward the predicted movie-star richness that she lies and connives to be chosen. When Miss Mattie May's treasured heirloom ring is lost, Nelda finds and hides it. Her mind says, ``I'm rich''; her conscience says, ``I'm a thief.'' This pull between helping out the inevitability of a rich future and remaining true to herself is a recurring theme in the story. Nelda doesn't always do right, but her developing strength of character and sense of values lead her ultimately to choose the better way. Her dilemma is skillfully drawn and will sustain reader interest. Edwards has captured the full flavor of speech patterns in the poor South of the '30s. Nelda is memorable, akin to Robert Burch's Queenie Peavy (Viking, 1966) and to Robbie Branscum's heroine in The Adventures of Johnny May (Harper, 1984). Katharine Bruner, Brown Middle School, Harrison, Tenn.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Well-drawn characters distinguish this Depression-era novel set in rural Mississippi. Nelda, 11, resembles the imaginative and plucky heroines in novels by Bill and Vera Cleaver. Nelda believes she's going to be richin spite of her migrant family's already plummeting fortunes. Then domineering Miss Mattie May Wynn helps out the family in exchange for getting Nelda to live in her house. But Nelda, who now has what she wants, starts to see "the wormy side" of her luck, leading to serious complications. Beautifully constructed and resolved, Nelda's story is enhanced by its comic tone and gentle ironies. The author suggests that poverty and charity possess more than the obvious facets and that the future is "a great big question after all." Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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