(Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe) PDF/EPUB ´ Jo Watson Hackl

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Free download Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe 105 A Mississippi ghost town and an art mystery combine in this gorgeously written debut just right for fans of Three Times Lucky and A Snicker of MagicHow far would you go to find something that might not even existAll her life Cricket's mama has told her stories about a secret room painted by a mysterious artist Now Mama's run off and Cricket thinks the. Read these opening paragraphs and hear voice oozing out of every sentenceTurns out it s easier than you might think to sneak out of town smuggling a live cricket three pocketfuls of jerky and two bags of half paid for merchandies from Thelma s Cash n Carry grocery storeThe hard part was getting up the guts to go It happened like this There I was in Thelma s produce section running my fingers up and down a bundle of collards Collards never did make for good eating but I was wondering if maybe they were some kind of sign that it was time for me to skedaddle Collards always reminded me of Mama She used to make me drawing paper out of collards sumac seeds dryer lint and newspaper Daddy chopped up in his wood chipper She plunked things in her paper the way other people stuck things in scrapbooks Thread from the hem of her wedding dress a four leaf clover Daddy s first gray hair Mama s paper held so much life it made my drawings pop off the pageThat was the kind of Mama and Daddy I used to have p1 2Who wouldn t keep reading after a hook like thatSoon the reader discovers that Cricket is on a uest to find Mama who ran off and left her with Aunt Belinda Taking a cricket who she names Charlene a little bit of food her father s pocketknife a doogaloo and a small notebook full of Mama s paper she sets off By nightfall she gets to the woods near her family s property Here is a setting description that I used in my writing classes this summer The woods smelled like a hundred and fifty years of dark A goose bumpy ghost town kind of darkp 19She climbs into the tree house that smelled like cedar clean and wild which her father built before he died There she reviews a letter addressed to her mother indicating her Grandmother s tombstone was to be placed on March 1 in exactly eleven days On it her mother had scrawled before I m off looking for my birds This brings back memories of all the times her mother left to find the Bird Room so she could prove it was real With her few supplies Charlene to keep her company hope and a pocketful of clues Cricket begins her uest but first she has to learn how to survive living outdoors Like all good stories Cricket s search has several twists and turns that test her gumption raccoons steal her food snow and a copperhead bite The last is too much for her to deal with alone and she seeks help from Miss V an eccentric woman who provides answers about her mother and the bird room than Cricket could have dreamt of At the same time that the story moves forward the author provides bits and pieces of backstory that help put the puzzle pieces together SMACK DAB is not only a story of outdoor survival or putting puzzle pieces together It is also a story of a young person coming to grips with her mother s mental illness Beautifully woven into the text is Cricket s slow realization that her mother s behavior was eccentric unexplainable and unstable Like Laura in CRAZY by Linda Phillips Cricket begins to see a different pictureWhat about all the sharp looks in the grocery store The looks at Mama The looks at me If my mama was crazy just what exactly did that make me The floorboards felt like they were shifting Nothing felt solid I grabbed hold of the wall Is this what going crazy feels like p 141After I finished reading SMACK DAB I told Jo When I grow up I want to be like Cricket Readers young and old will be inspired by Cricket s courage and spunk as well as her love for her mother and the truth And of course also for her love for the outdoorsARC giveaway ends on July 13 at carolbaldwanblogblogspotcom Rural Livelihoods and Diversity in Developing Countries you go to find something that might not even existAll her life Cricket's mama has told her stories about a secret room painted by a mysterious artist Now Mama's run off and Cricket thinks the. Read these opening paragraphs and hear voice oozing out of every sentenceTurns out it s easier than Snow on Snow on Snow you might think to sneak out of town smuggling a live cricket three pocketfuls of jerky and two bags of half paid for merchandies from Thelma s Cash n Carry grocery storeThe hard part was getting up the guts to go It happened like this There I was in Thelma s produce section running my fingers up and down a bundle of collards Collards never did make for good eating but I was wondering if maybe they were some kind of sign that it was time for me to skedaddle Collards always reminded me of Mama She used to make me drawing paper out of collards sumac seeds dryer lint and newspaper Daddy chopped up in his wood chipper She plunked things in her paper the way other people stuck things in scrapbooks Thread from the hem of her wedding dress a four leaf clover Daddy s first gray hair Mama s paper held so much life it made my drawings pop off the pageThat was the kind of Mama and Daddy I used to have p1 2Who wouldn t keep reading after a hook like thatSoon the reader discovers that Cricket is on a uest to find Mama who ran off and left her with Aunt Belinda Taking a cricket who she names Charlene a little bit of food her father s pocketknife a doogaloo and a small notebook full of Mama s paper she sets off By nightfall she gets to the woods near her family s property Here is a setting description that I used in my writing classes this summer The woods smelled like a hundred and fifty Perenbomen bloeien wit years of dark A goose bumpy ghost town kind of darkp 19She climbs into the tree house that smelled like cedar clean and wild which her father built before he died There she reviews a letter addressed to her mother indicating her Grandmother s tombstone was to be placed on March 1 in exactly eleven days On it her mother had scrawled before I m off looking for my birds This brings back memories of all the times her mother left to find the Bird Room so she could prove it was real With her few supplies Charlene to keep her company hope and a pocketful of clues Cricket begins her uest but first she has to learn how to survive living outdoors Like all good stories Cricket s search has several twists and turns that test her gumption raccoons steal her food snow and a copperhead bite The last is too much for her to deal with alone and she seeks help from Miss V an eccentric woman who provides answers about her mother and the bird room than Cricket could have dreamt of At the same time that the story moves forward the author provides bits and pieces of backstory that help put the puzzle pieces together SMACK DAB is not only a story of outdoor survival or putting puzzle pieces together It is also a story of a Skaza young person coming to grips with her mother s mental illness Beautifully woven into the text is Cricket s slow realization that her mother s behavior was eccentric unexplainable and unstable Like Laura in CRAZY by Linda Phillips Cricket begins to see a different pictureWhat about all the sharp looks in the grocery store The looks at Mama The looks at me If my mama was crazy just what exactly did that make me The floorboards felt like they were shifting Nothing felt solid I grabbed hold of the wall Is this what going crazy feels like p 141After I finished reading SMACK DAB I told Jo When I grow up I want to be like Cricket Readers Envisioned Life Essays in Honor of Eva Brann young and old will be inspired by Cricket s courage and spunk as well as her love for her mother and the truth And of course also for her love for the outdoorsARC giveaway ends on July 13 at carolbaldwanblogblogspotcom

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Free download Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe 105 Tree house and looks for clues she meets the last resident of the ghost town encounters a poetry loving dog who just might hold a key to part of the puzzle and discovers that sometimes you have to get a little lost to really find your wayA tale of adventure full of mystery Robert Beatty #1 New York Times bestselling author of Serafina and the Black Clo. Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl will uickly draw the reader into the unusual and sometimes puzzling world of Cricket the adolescent main character Cricket is immediately a likeable and entertaining girl whose dysfunctional family is challenging to say the least After the first few chapters the reader sympathizes with Cricket who runs away or actually escapes the craziness literally of her family her depressing life and her uncertain future Hackl tells the story of Cricket s odyssey to find clues that will help her understand her mother s disappearance and disturbing fixation on the mysterious Bird Room from her past During Cricket s journey she begins to understand the causes of her mother s mental instability but she also has an amazing adventure and discovers her own inner strength to accept and embrace a new life Jo Watson Hackl s writing style is engaging As an English teacher I love and recommend her writing and I think that this book has an appeal that will go beyond age groups andor gender The teacher in me really appreciated the repeated references to Emily Dickinson and Carl Sandburg uotes but not in an obnoxious educational way The main character Cricket is a girl but Hackl s use of point of view does not limit the story to that of a female character The story could just as easily have been told from the point of view of a male character and boys would enjoy this book just as much as girls will Hackl s use of Southern dialogue will endear this book to anyone who has lived in the South finds the South charming in an entertaining way or who just finds humor in words and phrases like skedaddle or a goose bumpy ghost town kind of dark to describe the woods at night or in descriptions like that of Cricket s aunt s Trans Am red fingernail polish or the color of Cricket s hair as always a summer away from being blond Who doesn t enjoy a book with an appealing main character a uest to solve a mystery and an engaging story of the wonders of understanding the growth from childhood to adolescence with a touch of fantasy thrown in for good reading Jo Watson Hackl s book Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe should become a favorite of adolescents but its appeal will surely go beyond this age group Mary On Roller Skates you have to get a little lost to really find Shadows in the mist: Australian aboriginal myths in paintings (The Dreamtime series) your wayA tale of adventure full of mystery Robert Beatty #1 New York Times bestselling author of Serafina and the Black Clo. Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl will uickly draw the reader into the unusual and sometimes puzzling world of Cricket the adolescent main character Cricket is immediately a likeable and entertaining girl whose dysfunctional family is challenging to say the least After the first few chapters the reader sympathizes with Cricket who runs away or actually escapes the craziness literally of her family her depressing life and her uncertain future Hackl tells the story of Cricket s odyssey to find clues that will help her understand her mother s disappearance and disturbing fixation on the mysterious Bird Room from her past During Cricket s journey she begins to understand the causes of her mother s mental instability but she also has an amazing adventure and discovers her own inner strength to accept and embrace a new life Jo Watson Hackl s writing style is engaging As an English teacher I love and recommend her writing and I think that this book has an appeal that will go beyond age groups andor gender The teacher in me really appreciated the repeated references to Emily Dickinson and Carl Sandburg uotes but not in an obnoxious educational way The main character Cricket is a girl but Hackl s use of point of view does not limit the story to that of a female character The story could just as easily have been told from the point of view of a male character and boys would enjoy this book just as much as girls will Hackl s use of Southern dialogue will endear this book to anyone who has lived in the South finds the South charming in an entertaining way or who just finds humor in words and phrases like skedaddle or a goose bumpy ghost town kind of dark to describe the woods at night or in descriptions like that of Cricket s aunt s Trans Am red fingernail polish or the color of Cricket s hair as always a summer away from being blond Who doesn t enjoy a book with an appealing main character a uest to solve a mystery and an engaging story of the wonders of understanding the growth from childhood to adolescence with a touch of fantasy thrown in for good reading Jo Watson Hackl s book Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe should become a favorite of adolescents but its appeal will surely go beyond this age group

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