Georgia rules

by Steveson, Nanci Turner,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Fiction juv STEVESON Nanci
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  juv STEVESON Nanci
Crafton Public Library Middle Grades Section MG F STEVESON 2017 CRAFTON 5/17
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Middle Grades Section
Call Number  MG F STEVESON 2017 CRAFTON 5/17

Magnolia Grace never wanted to leave Georgia and move with her mama to the farm her daddy owned before he died. But now here she is, in a tiny Vermont town where everybody sings the praises of the father Maggie never knew.

Then Maggie meets the Parker family -- two moms, six kids, plus a pony named Sassy Pants. The Parkers are loud and wild, and they don't follow any of the rules Maggie grew up with in Georgia. They get to swim in the river and go on sleigh rides, and to them, no question is off-limits. Suddenly Maggie has questions, too -- questions about her father, and why Mama kept him away for so long.

In her search for answers, Maggie will learn that home is much more than where the heart is, and that families are like patchwork quilts, sewn together by love, and all the more beautiful for their different colors.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Almost 13-year-old Magnolia Grace Maggie is not happy when events conspire to force her and her mother to leave their Atlanta home for rural Vermont. But her stepfather has left her Southern belle mother for another man, and the farm, which was left to Maggie by her father, can be sold for a goodly sum if, as the will requires, she lives there for one year. At first, Maggie is lost, and her mother, Delilah, settles in for the short haul, gritting her teeth. But Maggie makes friends with an unconventional family, the Parkers, who ease her transition. Just as important, Maggie, who didn't really know her father, begins to feel close to him as she learns more about him: his prodigious artistic talent; his largess to his small Vermont town; and most surprising, his post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the story's arc is not unexpected, this book soars as it details the fractious and frustrating relationship between Maggie and her mother, and the way it makes Vermont, and its beauty throughout the seasons, a character of its own. Along with the many tender moments here some occurring as Delilah softens thanks to the affections of the two young Parker girls there is also determination and revelation, giving this more heft than usual for a middle-grade novel.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A 12-year-old's attempt to learn about her recently deceased father while at odds with her conservative mother provides the framework for Steveson's well-crafted novel. Magnolia Grace Austin, aka Maggie, inherits a farm from her late father, whom she never really knew. In order to sell the farm, Maggie and her mother must live there for one year to satisfy the terms of the will, so the summer before seventh grade, Maggie and Mama move from Atlanta to Vermont. Small-town life proves to be a big adjustment for both, and Steveson (Swing Sideways) weaves divorce, same-sex relationships, adoption, disability, PTSD, and more into the story, forcing Maggie and Mama to rethink certain attitudes while also propelling the narrative. Maggie's developing friendships with the sprawling Parker family-made up of two mothers and biological, adopted, and foster children-become a catalyst for change in their lives. The strained relationship between Maggie and Mama is especially poignant as they try to find their way in uncharted territory. It's an inspiring story of opening eyes and expanding perceptions. Ages 8-12. Agent: Al Zuckerman, Writers House. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Girls -- Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Moving, Household -- Juvenile fiction.
Girls -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Moving, Household -- Fiction.
Vermont -- Juvenile fiction.
Vermont -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,2017
Edition First edition.
Audience 008-012.
Language English
Description 261 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0062374575
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