What I Came to Tell You

What I Came to Tell You

eBook - 2013
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"Since his mother died earlier this year, Grover Johnston (named after a character in Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel) has watched his family fall to pieces as his father throws himself into his work rather than dealing with the pain. Left to care for his younger sister, Sudie, Grover finds solace in creating intricate weavings out of the natural materials found in the bamboo forest behind his North Carolina home, a pursuit that his father sees only as a waste of time. But as tensions mount between father and son, two unlikely forces conspire to lead the Johnstons on a new path -- a presence that seems to come to Grover in his darkest moments and new tenants in the rental house across the street who have come from deep in the Carolina hills and plopped themselves right into Grover's life. The families seem so different but become increasingly intertwined, bound together in unexpected ways. Until one devastating disaster threatens to tear them apart. Tender, touching, and utterly compelling, What I Came to Tell You, the first middle-grade novel from critically acclaimed Asheville author Tommy Hays, is a story of grief, love, and hard-won redemption."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York City : Egmont USA, 2013.
ISBN: 9781606844342
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Subjects: Electronic books.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.

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m2 Aug 07, 2014

Gorgeous book about how art -- and a broad group of neighbors and friends -- can help us heal. One wonderful feature of this story is how it evokes such a strong sense of place. The author Tommy Hays is the director of the Great Smokies Writers Program at UC Ashville and I felt I had traveled to Asheville NC and its environs after I read it. Grover, named for a character in Thomas Wolfe's books, is grieving the sudden accidental loss of his mother by creating weavings from living things, using materials from a small bamboo stand near his home. But when the little forest is threatened, he feels all his support is gone. A book for middle school through and including adults and anyone who has grieved.

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annapoline123 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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