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With a Name like Love

Tess Hilmo

Square Fish

Tess Hilmo's With a Name like Love is one of School Library Journal’s Best Fiction Books of 2011

When Ollie’s daddy, the Reverend Everlasting Love, pulls their travel trailer into Binder to lead a three-day revival, Ollie knows that this town will be like all the others they visit—it is exactly the kind of nothing Ollie has come to expect. But on their first day in town, Ollie meets Jimmy Koppel, whose mother is in jail for murdering his father. Jimmy insists that his mother is innocent, and Ollie believes him. Still, even if Ollie convinces her daddy to stay in town, how can two kids free a grown woman who has signed a confession? Ollie’s longing for a friend and her daddy’s penchant for searching out lost souls prove to be a formidable force in this tiny town where everyone seems bent on judging and jailing without a trial.

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It was the eighth of July, 1957, when Ollie’s daddy slowed their rusted-out Chevy pickup near the junction of Highway 29 and Carter Road. They had come to set up for a three-day revival. Ollie sat in the truck bed with her sisters. She was thirteen and the oldest of Reverend Love’s five daughters, followed by Martha, Gwen, Camille, and Ellen. Ellen was at Ollie’s side, clutching Baby Doll Sue and singing “Mama’s Little Baby.” Ollie noticed her sister was getting the words twisted up and wrong—again.
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    Olivene Love is determined to free an innocent woman in this murder-mystery set in 1950s Arkansas.

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Praise for With a Name like Love

“Adult and child readers weary of the cynicism and edgy gloom that pervades so much of children’s literature can breathe easy here, as Reverend Everlasting Love (and indeed the entire Love family) live up to their name.” --BCCB
 
“Hilmos’s first novel is a small gem of a book.” --Booklist, Starred Review
 
“Debut-novelist Hilmo has the genre down pat…” --Horn Book Magazine
 
“…[an] affecting mystery." --School Library Journal, Starred Review
 
"Debut novelist Hilmo creates a few truly despicable villains to balance out the goodness of the Love family. Fans of Ruth White's books will find a similarly affectionate portrait of a close-knit family of modest means, struggling to do good in the world and right by each other. " --Publishers Weekly
 
"A story about the meaning of home, justice and love, beautifully told." --Kirkus Starred

 

With a Name Like Love is just the sort of book I adore: a couldn't-put-it-down mystery, richly drawn characters that grabbed me from the get-go, and a vivid small-town setting.  Two words for Tess Hilmo's charming and suspenseful debut novel: Love it!” –Barbara O’Connor, author of The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

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Read the Kirkus Review of WITH A NAME LIKE LOVE . Hilmo creates a family, a town and a mystery that readers won't soon forget.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Tess Hilmo

  • Tess Hilmo lives with her husband and three children in Highland, Utah. Her first book, With a Name like Love, received three starred reviews and was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a 2011 ABC New Voices title.

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With a Name like Love

Tess Hilmo

Maine Student Book Award Master List, Utah Children's Book Award Master List, ABC New Voices Title, New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award Master List
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