The Silver Star

The Silver Star

eBook - 2013
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It is 1970 in a small town in California: 'Bean' Holladay is twelve and her sister Liz is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself, leaving the girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that has been in Charlotte's family for generations. Because money is tight, Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town. But when school starts in the fall, it is Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, while Liz becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz, and it's up to Bean to help her challenge the injustice of the adult world. -- From book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451661552
145166155X
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 24 cm

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cdbeaubien
Nov 11, 2018

Ms. Walls is an excellent story teller. This is not a true story, as her first two books are, but is on the same genre as Crystal Palace: growing up with poor parenting. In this one, an uncle rescues the girls.

JCLHeatherM Jul 22, 2018

The silver star is traditionally awarded in the U.S. Armed Forces for valor in combat. Jeannette Bean' Holladay and her sister Liz exhibit a unique valor of their own, often being a team of two against a world that is filled with hard knocks. Sometimes a team of three - when their mother is in the picture - the Holladay girls rely on themselves first and foremost and are willing to stand up for what's right in a small town that isn't always ready for new ideas or new members. The girls discover that standing out is often the best strategy to succeeding and that everyone can be a star of their own - even when there's no audience watching. Poignant and funny, this tale of sisterhood is a fast read that will leave a lasting imprint on the heart.

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firefly5
Jan 15, 2017

Very disappointed with this book. I loved her The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses, but this book has no substance. None of the characters are believable. I cannot recommend this book.

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UAkat
Oct 25, 2016

While her first autobiographical novel was her finest writing to date, I enjoyed Silver Star. A good book for teens and young adults. So many kids today are homeless, in foster care, or have dysfunctional parents; I think many can relate to this story and find they are kindred spirits with the two half-sisters. Bean & Liz show courage and ingenuity in dealing with their problems. Without fathers or a mentally healthy mother, these two girls connect with other family members and successfully create a home and life for themselves. I also liked all of the other quirky and even dangerous characters in the book. An easy and fun read with life lessons for all.

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wandalynn
Jun 25, 2016

Trite, predictable and blessedly short.

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wordsmith888
Jun 06, 2016

I felt that the plot was engaging and the character development of Liz & Bean was excellent. Parts of the story were not quite as engaging as her previous books, however, it still kept my interest and I enjoyed how it ended. Jeannette is an excellent writer who really knows how to use dialogue well to keep the story interesting and moving along.

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tavkaa
Dec 13, 2015

A real true to life story of the "regular folk" even though some may look at the parenting skills of the parents in this book as dysfunctional at best. The story teller was innocent, yet aware and carries the reader along with her observations and innocence. The dysfunctional family was funny, and relative-- showing how one incident can be viewed from different perspectives and mean so much to a child by the way it is told to them. I liked the way the protagonist was introduced and portrayed, because from the very beginning of his introduction you knew he was up to no good and so you read his scenes with a side-eye view. I didn't like however how it ended because it was just like the writer just got tired.

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22022jane
Nov 11, 2015

I had high expectations for this book based on my enjoyment of the author's previous extraordinary books The Glass Castle and Half-Broke Horses. This book was extremely disappointing to me; many times I was tempted to give up but kept plugging away thinking that it would inevitably get better - it had to! Alas, it did not. I cannot recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed this author's previous works.

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vv8
Jun 01, 2015

The Silver Star echoed many themes found in Walls' previous works; however, this one did not quite carry as much emotional weight and felt cliche at times.

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slarsen
Mar 09, 2015

I am so disappointed in this book. Walls is an excellent author - what happened.

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