“‘Every time we run into a problem, we just leave’ I said. ‘But we always run into a new problem in the new place, and then we have to leave there, too. We’re always just leaving. Can’t we for once just stay somewhere and solve the problem?’”
Twelve year old “Bean” Holladay has more common sense than just about anyone in her entire family. In this coming of age story set in the 1970′s, “Bean” and her older sister Liz find themselves abandoned, sort of, by their singer/songwriter mother, Charlotte. With nowhere else to go, the teenagers are taken in by their Uncle Tinsley in the Virginia town that their mother left behind in a cloud of scandal all those years ago.
Back in the day the “Holladay” name was a good name to have. The family owned the mill in town and the employees were treated well. So much has changed. The mill was bought out and the new manager is a bully named Jerry Maddox. Bean and Liz would live to regret ever crossing paths with Jerry Maddox.
What hasn’t changed is that no one can possibly forget the scandal that caused Charlotte to leave her hometown of Byler, Virginia.
This book has all the makings of being a classic. I really believe that. These characters that the author have brought together in a story where adversity breeds strength are extraordinary. Though this book deals with adult situations~~abandonment, abuse, assault, stalking, racism~~and is marketed for adults, I can see THE SILVER STAR making a crossover into the YA genre.
Congratulations Ms. Walls, THE SILVER STAR earns five stars. ✰✰✰✰✰
Maryellen is a 46-year-old avid reader, runner, and reviewer who lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband Mike and their two rowdy cats. The fact that she has a car named RoxyBlue and has a phone named Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty) are only two of a million reasons why I love her. Couple that with her insight, intelligence, and her always half-full glass of optimism and it makes for an exceptional book reviewer. I am lucky to have the honor of Maryellen allowing me to post her reviews here every Monday.