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When I Crossed No-Bob
by Margaret McMullan

Published: 2007-12
Hardcover : 209 pages
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A gritty, beautifully told story about a girl's adjustment to life after the Civil War. Life as an O'Donnell is all twelve-year-old Addy knows, and life as an O'Donnell means trouble. Tucked away in a gray patch of woods called No-Bob, the O'Donnell clan has nothing but a bad reputation. So when ...
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A gritty, beautifully told story about a girl's adjustment to life after the Civil War. Life as an O'Donnell is all twelve-year-old Addy knows, and life as an O'Donnell means trouble. Tucked away in a gray patch of woods called No-Bob, the O'Donnell clan has nothing but a bad reputation. So when Addy's mama abandons her on the afternoon of Mr. Frank Russell's wedding celebration, nobody is very surprised. A reluctant Mr. Frank and his new wife take Addy in, and Addy does everything she can to prove that at least one O'Donnell has promise. But one day, Addy witnessed a terrible event that brings her old world crashing into the new. As she finds herself being pulled back into No-Bob and the grips of her O'Donnell kin, Addy is faced with the biggest decision of her life. Can she somehow find the courage to do what's right, even if it means betraying one of her own?

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  "good quick read"by tanyajfitts (see profile) 04/21/08

 
  "Loved the book. My only reservation is that readers be aware that it is a children's book."by thubbard (see profile) 04/03/08

It is beautifully written story with really strong, believable characters. The message it portrays regarding a person's ability to move beyond a troubled upbringing is wonderful. Great read for young... (read more)

 
  "A middle grade fiction novel about life after the Civil War from the point of view of a young girl living in Mississippi."by monie (see profile) 04/03/08

This novel is an interesting look at a time in history about which is seldom written. It discusses the difficulties facing Southerners after the war and the state of the South itself at that time. Through... (read more)

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