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Road to Tater Hill
ISBN: 9780385906272
Author: Hemingway, Edith M.
Publisher: Delacorte Pr
Published: September 2009
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Annotation: "Annie struggles with grief after the death of her newborn sister.
"Annie can always count on spending summers at her grandparents'. This summer should be even better because Mama is going to have a baby soon. Before Daddy leaves for his Air Force assignment, he gives Annie a journal for summer memories. But now Annie is grieving over the death of her newborn sister. How can she tell Daddy that ever since the baby died, Mama is slipping away? If Annie wrote those words, Mama might stay that way forever. The only comfort Annie finds is in holding a stone she calls her "rock baby." Then Annie secretly befriends a mysterious woman who helps Annie accept her loss, while Annie hopes to draw her new friend back into the community. But all that is interrupted when a crisis reveals their unlikely alliance and leads to a surprising turn of events.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Death & Dying
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
Library of Congress Subjects:
Grief; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Depression, Mental; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2008024906
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 6.00" W
Bargain Category: Growing Up, Middle School, Social Issues, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
 
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Publisher Description:
"Annie struggles with grief after the death of her newborn sister.
"Annie can always count on spending summers at her grandparents'. This summer should be even better because Mama is going to have a baby soon. Before Daddy leaves for his Air Force assignment, he gives Annie a journal for summer memories. But now Annie is grieving over the death of her newborn sister. How can she tell Daddy that ever since the baby died, Mama is slipping away? If Annie wrote those words, Mama might stay that way forever. The only comfort Annie finds is in holding a stone she calls her "rock baby." Then Annie secretly befriends a mysterious woman who helps Annie accept her loss, while Annie hopes to draw her new friend back into the community. But all that is interrupted when a crisis reveals their unlikely alliance and leads to a surprising turn of events.

"From the Hardcover edition."


Contributor Bio(s): Edith M. Hemingway has coauthored two Civil War novels. This is her first solo novel. She lives in Frederick, Maryland.


From the Hardcover edition.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
Annie's family, faced with the death of Annie's baby sister, finds very different ways of coping. While struggling to understand what's happening to her family, Annie meets an outcast old woman who seems to be the only person who can help her overcome her grief. Readers will be touched by this moving story and its well-developed main character. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 December)

Gr 5–8—Annie, almost 10, and her pregnant mother are spending the summer of 1963 with Annie's grandparents on their North Carolina farm. Then the long-awaited baby is born prematurely and dies the following day. Annie is devastated and doesn't know how to deal with her grief. Her Air Force father is currently stationed in Germany, and her mother sinks into a deep depression and withdraws from the family. Avoiding the house, Annie often explores the nearby woods where she meets an elderly woman who becomes her friend and confidant. Miss Eliza is living in a shack that belongs to an individual who, according to local legend, was sent to prison years earlier for murdering her husband. Before long, Miss Eliza shares the story of her past with Annie, who continues their friendship despite the community's negative attitudes. Gradually, with the help of Miss Eliza and her supportive grandparents, Annie begins to accept her sister's death, but it takes Annie's near-death experience with a swarm of yellow jackets to pull her mother back to reality. The characters and setting are finely drawn and the author has an acute sense of how time seems to pass more slowly for children than adults. The love of family members for one another is heartwarming. A well-written and enjoyable novel.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC

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