Friday, December 10, 2010

Next Up - Ashley's Bookshelf!!!

I'm honored to be at Ashley's Bookshelf the past two days - thank you so much Ashley! It's fun to think about THE HEALING SPELL on your *bookshelf*!

Here is Ashley's wonderful review of the book - as well as her interview with my main character, the adorable, feisty, tomboy Livie Mouton!

The Healing Spell by Kimberley Little + Giveaway!

Twelve-year-old Livie is living with a secret and it's crushing her. She knows she is responsible for her mother's coma, but she can't tell anyone. It's up to her to find a way to wake her momma up. 

Set in the lush bayou of Louisiana, Kimberley Griffiths Little brings Livie's story to life with power and grace.
My Thoughts

Livie’s mama lies in a coma inside their little home near a Louisiana bayou. While Livie’s daddy and her sisters can help care for her mama, she can’t bring herself to touch her. And Livie holds a powerful secret inside herself about the day of her mama’s accident. When Livie starts a quest to find a way to heal her mama, she finds that she must first heal herself.

The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little is a story of love and forgiveness and the complicated relationships mothers can have with their daughters. As one of three girls, Livie feels like her mother has always loved her sisters more that she loves her. That’s because Livie is more comfortable hunting and fishing and raising crawfish traps on the bayou with her daddy than she is acting like a young lady. She also doesn’t get along with her sisters for the same reason.

This book teach both mothers and daughters how family members can find a way to appreciate each other’s differences, and what role faith plays in our lives. It should also be fun for readers to learn about the bayou country of Louisiana and the way that some people lived.

The Healing Spell is more of a classic story for me. One like Old Yeller, and Huckleberry Finn. While I was reading I couldn't help to think that I was back in middle school sitting in class. This was definitely a book to enjoy and reminisce about the glory days. The Healing Spell is a delight, and I highly recommend it. 

** Thanks to Teen Book Scene for hosting this tour. **

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Character Interview: Livie from The Healing Spell

Today I would like to welcome Livie from The Healing Spell [review and giveaway]!

1. Why would you rather clean the bathroom and do the dishes than help with your Mamma?

Cleaning the bathroom is much "safer". You can do it when you want to and you can do it all by yourself with nobody watching, unless Aunt Colleen comes in to inspect with her eagle eyes. If I help tend my Mamma, I'm scared to death she'll suddenly wake up and grab my arm like a dead person rising out of a coffin! Just give me the Comet and a plunger and I'm good. :-) I can clean real fast then run outside and get away from everyone. Pulling weeds is better than tending a person in a coma.

2. How did it feel knowing that you could have been the reason to cause the coma?

Some days I just wanted to run away from home. Or hide out in my pirogue (boat) with T-Baby and my sleeping bag and a bag of Oreos. The secret I was hiding gets so big it starts busting out your chest or gives you a stomach ache so bad you want to puke. Then there's all those nights I cried in my pillow wondering if Mamma was gonna die and I'd get sent to jail. I was worried my family and God would hate me for the rest of my life. Never had a bigger secret in my whole life.

3. How is it growing up as the middle child?

My big sister Faye is a big pain. Always watching me like a snake waiting to swallow up a mouse. She reads all kind a things into what I do and don't do. Then shakes her head like she's the mamma instead of just a big ole nosy sister putting herself where she don't belong. Plus she's real prissy and perfect and likes my baby sister better than me. Big sisters are best left fixing their hair in front of the bathroom mirror or talking on the phone with their boyfriends.

4. Why did you decide to keep an alligator?

They're the cutest little things, especially when they first hatch. Sometimes you can see ten or twelve little babies crawling all over the Mamma gator, sitting in a big pile on her head. They slip and slide into the water, then climb back up again. When they're tiny babies though, they are SO FAST, zipping around in the shallow water. Makes them really hard to catch. You gotta have patience, but it's fun to hold them against your shirt like a baby. Watch out for the razor sharp teeth though! If I had a dog, it'd probably get eaten up by a big ole gator. Course, my daddy says that once my baby alligator gets big he might eat ME!

5. How does it make you feel knowing that you are not as girly as your sisters? Do you like being more of a tomboy?

I've always felt like an outsider, like I didn't belong to my own family. Sometimes I wondered if my sisters and my mamma really loved me, or pretended to love me because they were obligated. I think girls can hunt and fish and make their own boat and learn how to shoot - and wear dresses, too. But no more than once a month and it better be a good reason!

Thank you Livie for joining us today. 
Please make sure to look after your gator and don't get eaten!

Don't forget to check out my giveaway and review!

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