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Betty Culley

Forfatter af Three Things I Know Are True

4 Værker 206 Medlemmer 6 Anmeldelser

Værker af Betty Culley

Three Things I Know Are True (2020) 124 eksemplarer
The Name She Gave Me (2022) 39 eksemplarer
Down to Earth (2021) 25 eksemplarer
The Natural Genius of Ants (2022) 18 eksemplarer

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I loved this story. A novel in verse about adoption, self-discovery, family and longing. Rynn just wants to find her birth family, has a terrible relationship with adoptive mother and a close one with her adoptive father. When she finally does some research, she discovers a sister she didn’t know and a way to fill the hole in her heart and a birth mother who left bread crumbs to find her true self and her family. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC!
Z_Brarian | 1 anden anmeldelse | Dec 12, 2022 |
Betty captures the essence of rural Maine and how people who live there deal with financial and emotional adversity as they affect tweens and teens better than anyone. It's on par with the skill Gerry Boyle has to capture those realities for adults.
In this book, readers follow Harvard and his five year old brother Roger during the summer they, and their grieving father come to Kettle Hole, Maine where Dad grew up. Their father, a pediatrician, is still frozen by guilt and sadness following his mistake that led to the death of a five month old infant in his care.
Once back in Kettle Hole, they rent the home of eleven year old Neveah and her dad who are struggling with medical bills left from her mom's death from cancer. They live in the barn so they can rent out the house to help whittle down the bills.
What ensues includes the ants featured in the title, a growing friendship between Harvard and Neveah, her illness, plenty of ant information very skillfully woven into the narrative, tons of humanity and a discovery by Harvard (one which long time Mainers are likely to realize early on), and that welcome feeling one finds when returning to a childhood place. It's well worth having in any library.
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sennebec | Jun 3, 2022 |
Wow- powerful and moving.
SallyElizabethMurphy | 2 andre anmeldelser | Apr 9, 2022 |
I thought Betty's first YA book was outstanding, but this is even better. She continues to capture the essence of rural Maine, but in this story does the same for a teen searching for answers, her biological family and to understand why her adoptive mom is so cruel. Reading her thoughts/insight as the story progresses make you realize just how insightful Rynn truly is. We tend to forget that quality in teens and we shouldn't. The supporting characters are all well drawn and highly relatable as well as seeming like real Mainers. An excellent story.… (mere)
sennebec | 1 anden anmeldelse | Dec 6, 2021 |


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