Friday, November 28, 2008

Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O'Connor

Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O'Connor

If you’re in the mood for the type of book that just gives you the “feel-goods,” Greetings from Nowhere may be what you’re looking for.

Aggie, an elderly woman hesitantly puts the motel she’s run with her husband, now deceased, for years up for sale. She doesn’t want to but sees no other way.

Loretta, a young girl receives an anonymous package containing the only worldly possessions of her birth mother who has recently died. The package contains clues as to places the birth mother may have visited during her lifetime, and the girl’s loving adoptive parents set upon a trip to visit some of the places.

Kirby, a young boy in much need of love is on the way to reform school when his mother’s car breaks down.

Willow, a lonely and heartbroken young girl whose mother suddenly left her and her father is surprised when her father decides to buy the motel and start a new life.

In Greetings from Nowhere, these four people’s lives connect at the Sleepy Time Motel, forming a heartwarming story that provides a bit of elixir to the soul.

Barbara O’Conner does an exceptional job with getting inside the head of four very believable and likeable characters. What is most impressive is that fact that in one short book, she was able to tell the story of these four characters from their own points of view AND connect them through their loneliness and need for love.

It’s a story of hope, a story of healing, and a story about finding friendship when you need it the most and least expect it.

Highly recommended.

What Other Bloggers Are Saying:

Carol's Corner: "GREETINGS FROM NOWHERE is also a story of hope and redemption- of people who need and find and care for each other. I know so, so, so many kids who need books like that too. " (read more...)

Abby (the) Librarian: "And the setting is another thing I loved about this book. I could see the mountains, the dried-up swimming pool, the weedy parking lot, the musty rooms, the tomato garden... it all really came alive for me." (read more...)

Eva's Book Addiction: "...thanks to some wonderfully understated writing and a keen knowledge of how people think and talk, it all comes together in a satisfying package. " (read more...)

More info:
  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374399379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374399375
  • Source: Library

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