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Dear Hank Williams

by Holt, Kimberly Willis,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 10 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j FICTION Holt
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Fiction Collection j FICTION Holt
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Juvenile Fiction J Fic Holt
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Crafton Public Library Juvenile - Fiction J F HOLT 2015 CRAFTON 4/15
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Northland Public Library Children's Fiction J FIC HOLT
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Summary

It's 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee's new teacher has just given her class an assignment--learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind: Hank Williams, a country music singer whose star has just begun to rise. Tate and her great-aunt and -uncle listen to him on the radio every Saturday night, and Tate just knows that she and Hank are kindred spirits.

Told entirely through Tate's hopeful letters, this beautifully drawn novel from National Book Award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt gradually unfolds a story of family love, overcoming tragedy, and an insightful girl learning to find her voice. This title has Common Core connections.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When 11-year-old Tate P. Ellerbee is told by her teacher to write to someone outside of her hometown of Rippling Creek, Louisiana, she knows exactly who her pen pal will be: Hank Williams. Told exclusively through her letters to the singer, Tate's voice as a unique and imaginative young girl comes through crystal clear. Living with her aunt Patty Cake and uncle Jolly, Tate writes of her absent parents, the trials of having a pest for a younger brother, and her dreams of being a singer like her mama. National Book Award winner Holt (When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, 1999) deftly turns back the clock to 1948, outfitting Tate's world with accessibly vintage details: physical letters, radio programs, records, and singers from a bygone era. Larger issues relating to segregation and post-WWII prejudices cast shadows over the story and see further discussion in the author's note. A heartbreaking revelation at the book's end secures Tate's place as a lovable protagonist, while opening the door to a hopeful future.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "When Tate Ellerbee's teacher tells her class to think about who they might choose for a pen pal assignment, the 11-year-old immediately knows who she will write to: Hank Williams, an up-and-coming country singer she and her guardians, Aunt Patty Cake and Uncle Jolly, listen to each week on a Saturday night radio show, Louisiana Hayride. In letters written over the course of the 1948-49 school year, Tate unspools her life story to Hank, first sharing the lies she's been telling herself, then reversing course with one hard truth after another. The last big reveal doesn't quite pack the emotional wallop it might, but Tate is a very entertaining letter writer, and Holt (the Piper Reed series) salts her letters with just enough detail about post-WWII America to make this more than just a story about a girl coming to terms with the bad hand she's been dealt. A redemptive ending helps redress the balance of a mostly tragic story told in a folksy voice. Ages 9-12. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Williams, Hank, -- 1923-1953 -- Juvenile fiction.
Williams, Hank, -- 1923-1953 -- Fiction.
Families -- Louisiana -- Juvenile fiction.
Singing -- Juvenile fiction.
Family life -- Louisiana -- Fiction.
Singing -- Fiction.
Letters -- Fiction.
Louisiana -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Louisiana -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
Publisher New York :2015
Edition First Edition.
Language English
Notes "Christy Ottaviano Books."
Description 220 pages ; 19 cm
ISBN 9780805080223
0805080228
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