My Louisiana Sky

Kimberly Willis Holt

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Tiger Ann Parker wants nothing more than to get out of the rural town of Saitter, Louisiana--far away from her mentally disabled mother, her "slow" father who can't read an electric bill, and her classmates who taunt her. So when Aunt Dorie Kay asks Tiger to sp the summer with her in Baton Rouge, Tiger can't wait to go. But before she leaves, the sudden revelation of a dark family secret prompts Tiger to make a decision that will ultimately change her life.

Set in the South in the late 1950s, this coming-of-age novel explores a twelve-year-old girl's struggle to accept her grandmother's death, her mentally deficient parents, and the changing world around her. It is a novel filled with beautiful language and unforgettable characters, and the importance of family and home.
 
My Louisiana Sky is a 1998 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Fiction.

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Praise for My Louisiana Sky

“This lyrical first novel brings fresh perspective to the guilt and anger and caring that surround the mentally disabled. All the characters . . . are drawn with warmth but no patronizing reverence.”—Booklist, Starred Review

“So honest is Holt’s portrayal of Tiger, Momma, Daddy, Granny, and the rest that one wonders if she wrote their story while sitting in a rocker on a Saitter front porch, under the vast promises of a Louisiana Sky.”—The Horn Book, Starred Review

“An unusually auspicious debut.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

An ALA Notable Book for Children
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor for Fiction
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
One of Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels of the Year
A VOYA Outstanding Title of the Year
A Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year
A Book Links “Book for Lasting Connections”

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Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the many award-winning novels for young adults and children, including The Water Seeker, Keeper of the Night, and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, winner of a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She is also the author of the bestselling Piper Reed series of chapter books, and picture books including Waiting for Gregory and Skinny Brown Dog. Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over the U.S. and the world—from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. She long dreamed of being a writer, but first worked as a radio news director, marketed a water park, and was an interior decorator, among other jobs. She lives in West Texas with her family.

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My Louisiana Sky
Kimberly Willis Holt

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American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, IRA Young Adult Choices, Boston Globe – Horn Book Award, Honor Books, Catholic Library Association Award, St. Katherine Drexel Award, Golden Kite Award Winner, Louisiana Literary Award, New Mexico Land of Enchantment, Texas Lone Star Reading List

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February 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312660956
ISBN10: 0312660952
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 224 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 770L

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
May 1998
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805052510
ISBN10: 0805052518
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 770L

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Henry Holt and Co.
February 2011
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ISBN: 9781429991025
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Middle-Grade Fiction208 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
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