Love doesn’t always look like it does on television. . . .
Elvira's family has never been the warm, fuzzy type. Most of the time, Elvira can’t stand the sight of her little sister, Kerrie. Elvira and her mother, Mel, fight more often than not. Mel hasn’t spoken to her own family in years. And when Mel announces she’s pregnant again, Elvira’s daddy storms off to Las Vegas to enter an Elvis impersonator competition.
When an urgent phone call sends Elvira, Mel, and Kerrie on an unexpected trip to meet Mel’s family for the first time, Elvira discovers that love doesn’t always look like it does in television commercials. But it’s there, all right—you just have to know how to look for it.
Written by Newbery Honor winner Audrey Couloumbis, Love Me Tender is a lovely, lyrical look at a multigenerational family of strong, stubborn women working to untangle the ties that bind them together and uncover the love that’s always been just underneath.
★ “Couloumbis’ winning, witty portrayal . . . encapsulates universal truths about family relationships.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred
The challenge of family is central to this moving middle grade novel. At 13, Elvira isn't too pleased to find out her mother is pregnant again. Especially when her little sister, Kerrie, is so maddening already. When their father abandons them to pursue Elvis impersonation dreams in Vegas and a surprise phone call from her mom's distant family takes them to Tennessee, Elvira discovers just how like her family she really is, and how wonderful this can be.
- Juvenile Fiction
- Family / Siblings, General, Family / Marriage + Divorce, Social Issues / Pregnancy, Family / Multigenerational
- 9-12 years
- April 28, 2009
- April 28, 2009
- Audrey Couloumbis