by Susan Crandall
Coming-of-Age Southern Fiction
|A nine-year-old girl runs away from her Mississippi home in 1963,|
befriends a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse, and embarks on a life-changing roadtrip.
Whistling Past the Graveyard is a fictional tale, yet depicts an authentic display of the harsh realities of the 1960s Civil Rights era. As she runs from her troubles, young Starla Claudelle is forced to face greater trials and fears than she ever thought possible.
I loved the relationship between Starla and Eula. Their skin color, hardships, and outlooks on life are completely different, but they're bonded by their compassionate and steadfast hearts.
Pros: The characters are developed beautifully, the struggles and hardships of the Civil Rights movement are realistic, and I was instantly drawn in by the voice and flavor of little Starla's narration.
Overall: Whistling Past the Graveyard took me back in time and journeyed me through history, teaching me many lessons along the way. The only time I put this book down was when I had to go to sleep, and when I finished it. I love an engrossing southern read!
Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pace: Some parts are fast paced, some are steady.
First Line: My grandmother said she prays for me every day.
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