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Lucky strikes

by Bayard, Louis,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 10 copies
Available (10)
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Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA BAYARD Louis
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Young Adult
 
Call Number  YA BAYARD Louis
 
 
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Young Adult Fiction YA BAYARD
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  YA BAYARD
 
 
Crafton Public Library Young Adult - Fiction YA F BAYARD 2016 CRAFTON 7/16
Location  Crafton Public Library
 
Collection  Young Adult - Fiction
 
Call Number  YA F BAYARD 2016 CRAFTON 7/16
 
 
Jefferson Hills Public Library Young Adult YA FIC BAY
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
 
Collection  Young Adult
 
Call Number  YA FIC BAY
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA BAYARD Louis
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  YA BAYARD Louis
 
 
Northern Tier Regional Library Young Adult Fiction YA FIC BAYAR
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  YA FIC BAYAR
 
 
Northland Public Library Teen YA FIC BAYARD
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Teen
 
Call Number  YA FIC BAYARD
 
 
Penn Hills Library Youth Y BAY
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Youth
 
Call Number  Y BAY
 
 
Sewickley Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA BAY
Location  Sewickley Public Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  YA BAY
 
 
South Park Library Young Adult YA F BAY
Location  South Park Library
 
Collection  Young Adult
 
Call Number  YA F BAY
 
 
Summary
Set in Depression-era Virginia, this is the story of orphaned Amelia and her struggle to keep her siblings together.With her mama recently dead and her pa sight unseen since birth, fourteen-year-old Amelia is suddenly in charge of her younger brother and sister, and of the family gas station. Harley Blevins, local king and emperor of Standard Oil, is in hot pursuit to clinch his fuel monopoly. To keep him at bay and her family out of foster care, Melia must come up with a father, and fast. And so when a hobo rolls out of a passing truck, Melia grabs opportunity by its beard. Can she hold off the hounds till she comes of age?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* You have read the bare bones of this book before: mother dies, oldest daughter takes care of her siblings, trouble comes, and help arrives but not without complication. Even the Virginia mountain town of Depression era Walnut Ridge feels mighty familiar. But Bayard's unseemly cast of characters gives it fresh life in a story as colorful as a Shenandoah spring and as gritty as the gravel surrounding the family's gas station, Brenda's Oasis. And 14-year-old Amelia is determined to keep that gas station running, even if she only has 11-year-old Earle and young Janey for help. Unfortunately, Harley Blevins owns all the other Standard Oil stations in the area, and he wants the Oasis bad enough to see the family split up. Enter Hiram Watts, a hobo who could be the father figure to save the day, if he didn't come with his own problems. Narrator Amelia tells the story with a folksy twang and uses plenty of cussin', heaps of hollerin', and tons of gumption. Her foible-ridden supporting cast features more adults than kids, and in an interesting twist, they give young readers insight into grown-up issues that transcend those usually found in youth books. Most of all, though, this is a darn good yarn with plenty of room for rooting and more than a few laughs.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Featuring a heroine as pragmatic and resourceful as Mary Call from Where the Lilies Bloom, adult author Bayard's (Roosevelt's Beast) poignant Depression-era novel traces the struggles of 14-year-old Melia Hoyle and her siblings after their mother's death. Now orphaned, Melia has to care for siblings Janey and Earle, keep the family gas station running, and find a legal guardian so they won't be put into foster care. Unexpected help comes from a down-and-out hobo, Hiram Watts, who agrees to pose as their estranged father. While he spends his days holed up in a tiny bedroom, Melia pumps gas and fixes engines. The deception works for a while, but a competing businessman, Harley Blevins, is bent on bringing down Melia and the gas station. Set in rural Virginia and told through Melia's no-nonsense narration, this period novel evokes the stoicism of mountain people and the ways neighbors help each other during hard times. Although a loner by nature, Melia's uncompromising integrity wins the trust and affection of community members while earning her a steady stream of customers, too. Ages 12-up. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Orphans -- Fiction.
Poverty -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction.
Virginia -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 313 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781627793902
1627793909
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