Brown University


The Silver Star

by Jeannette Walls
Scribner, June 2014   ISBN: 978-145166154-5
Price: $16.00

“In this novel by bestselling memoirist Walls, 12-year-old Bean and her older sister Liz are left to fend for themselves when their musically inclined mother takes her leave of them to 'sort things out.'  The sisters embark on a trip from California to Virginia to find their Uncle Tinsley and, hopefully, some stability.  Bean's impetuous enthusiasm and clear sense of what is right are the girls' best defense against the prejudices, injustices, and abuse that await them in 1970s Byler, Virginia.  Scout Finch has met her match in Bean in this wonderfully woven tale of perseverance, strong family bonds, the triumph of love and loyalty, and the emergence of unlikely heroes. Pitch perfect and pure pleasure!”--Linda McLoughlin Figel, pages: a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA

June 2013 Indie Next List (hc)