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Target Club Pick Feb 2014: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (Paperback)

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Only at Target, find the February, 2014, Club Pick "Whistling Past the Graveyard" by Susan Crandall

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The summer of 1963 begins like any other for nine-year-old Starla Claudelle. Born to teenage parents in Mississippi, Starla is being raised by a strict paternal grandmother, Mamie, whose worst fear is that Starla will turn out like her mother. Starla hasn’t seen her momma since she was three, but is convinced that her mother will keep her promise to take Starla and her daddy to Nashville, where her mother hopes to become a famous singer—and that one day her family will be whole and perfect.

When Starla is grounded on the Fourth of July, she sneaks out to see the parade. After getting caught, Starla’s fear that Mamie will make good on her threats and send her to reform school cause her to panic and run away from home. Once out in the country, Starla is offered a ride by a black woman, Eula, who is traveling with a white baby. She happily accepts a ride, with the ultimate goal of reaching her mother in Nashville.

As the two unlikely companions make their long and sometimes dangerous journey, Starla’s eyes are opened to the harsh realities of 1963 southern segregation. Through talks with Eula, reconnecting with her parents, and encountering a series of surprising misadventures, Starla learns to let go of long-held dreams and realizes family is forged from those who will sacrifice all for you, no matter if bound by blood or by the heart.

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Jaybird — 3 years ago
I am so in love with this book! I have to admit, the main reason I wanted it was because of the beautifully intriguing cover, but I'm so glad I got it! I brought it with me when I went on a little vacation with my friend and spent 90% of the time reading this! xD It's a little reminiscent of To Kill...  see moreof Jaybird's review
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    wkwc — 3 years ago
    The point of view in which this story is told is wonderful. It will open your eyes to unnatural behaviors and beliefs even in modern day. I highly recommend this book. Challenge yourself to find what negativity you have built up in your life unknowingly and break it down.  see moreof wkwc's review
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