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ISBN: 0374384657     ISBN-13: 9780374384654
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Published: September 2011
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Annotation: In 1957, 13-year-old Olivene Love gets tangled up in a murder mystery involving Jimmy Koppel's mother when her itinerant preaching family arrives in the small town of Binder, Arkansas, for a three-day revival.
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Library of Congress Subjects:
Christian life; Fiction.
Conduct of life; Fiction.
Country life; Arkansas; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010036314
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 249 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>

Tess Hilmo is a writer and an amateur composer who lives in Highland, Utah.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
In 1957, thirteen-year-old Ollie wants a friend, but her father's a traveling preacher so they never stay in the same town for long. In Arkansas Ollie meets Jimmy, who needs her help: his mother confessed to murdering her husband, but Jimmy claims she's innocent. The murder mystery is compelling, and sweet, frog-loving Jimmy is a boy any girl would want to save. Copyright 2012 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #6)
It's the summer of 1957 when Olivene Love's family pulls into Binder, Arkansas, in a Chevy pick-up hauling their trailer behind them. Thirteen-year-old Ollie, "oldest daughter of the Reverend Everlasting Love," desperately wants a friend, but her father's a traveling preacher so they never stay in the same town for long. When Ollie meets Jimmy Koppel, also thirteen, she feels more than her usual hankering to stick around: Jimmy's in trouble and needs her help. His mother has confessed to murdering her husband, but Jimmy claims she's innocent, and Ollie believes him, thinking that he probably killed his abusive father himself, and that his mother is only protecting him. In any case, Ollie is determined to rescue Jimmy's mother from jail -- and ends up rescuing more people than just his mother. Debut-novelist Hilmo has the genre down pat: folksy-voiced girl with gumption arrives in small town and changes lives; the characters include a violent alcoholic parent, easy-to-hate townsfolk, a saintly old black man, and quirky siblings -- including a "simple" sister who nevertheless has memorized the dictionary. But the story's murder mystery is compelling, and Hilmo manages to make her (main) characters believable -- for all their perfection, Ollie and her dad have a sense of righteousness that rings true, and sweet, frog-loving Jimmy is a boy any girl would want to save. jennifer m. brabander Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 August #1)

Olivene "Ollie" Love is tired of life on the road with her mother and four younger sisters, as they follow her father, a traveling preacher, from one dirt-poor town to another in the southern U.S. in 1957. She'd like to attend school, and, perhaps, make a friend. When the Loves set up their tent in Binder, Ark., 13-year-old Ollie finds another reason to stay put: Jimmy Koppel, a local boy whose mother, Virginia, has been jailed after confessing to the murder of Jimmy's no-account father, a mean drunk. Ollie's gut instinct is that Virginia is innocent, but Jimmy can't help to exonerate her. "You got a phone book?" he asks. "That'd be your list of suspects." As a detective, Ollie fumbles repeatedly, but her persistent attempts to find out what happened to Henry Koppel keep the plot clipping along. Debut novelist Hilmo creates a few truly despicable villains to balance out the goodness of the Love family. Fans of Ruth White's books will find a similarly affectionate portrait of a close-knit family of modest means, struggling to do good in the world and right by each other. Ages 10–14. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 October)

Gr 6–8—Ollie, 13, the oldest of Reverend Everlasting Love's five daughters, is at the center of this affecting mystery. When the family sets up camp in Binder, AK, in 1957, Ollie demonstrates Christian charity in her immediate empathy for Jimmy, a boy whose mother is in the local jail, having confessed to murdering her husband. Everyone in Binder knows that he was an evil, drunken, abusive man, but with Virginia's confession in hand, the sheriff wastes no time or energy investigating the crime that Ollie, then her dad and mom, comes to believe Virginia could not possibly have committed. Who is she protecting? Her abused, tormented son, Jimmy, a budding herpetologist who collects and cares for a garden full of frogs? The cruel local store owner, Mrs. Carter, or her sons? Reminiscent of Francis O'Roark Dowell's Dovey Coe (S & S, 2000) in plot and Cathryn Clinton's The Calling (Candlewick, 2011) in its portrayal of a teen whose faith is quiet, thoughtful, and completely sincere, this tug-on-your-heartstrings tale of the power of God's love is Christian with explicitly stated but universal themes, such as, "Even a broken life is better than no life at all." The author's use of authentic-sounding colloquialisms—Ollie gets "pure and undefiled willies" while speaking to the cigar-chewing sheriff—lends a sweet-tea ambience that softens some gruesome scenes and adds to the story's charm.—Joel Shoemaker, formerly at South East Junior High School, Iowa City, IA

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