As for Appalachian life, I am of the opinion that this is a highly dramatized version. Some parts are strong and beautifully written; other elements, such as the aforementioned shaky plotting, leave me at a complete loss. Click here to see the rest of this review Though Mary Call does her utmost to fulfill her promises, hardships settled on thick and fast.
L;i it. This is basically one of those bleak Appalachian stories all about abject poverty and fiercely stubborn people living in various degrees of squalor among fabulous natural beauty.
She shoulders the tasks of holding her family together and making sure they are fed, clothed, and sheltered; keeping her promises to her dying father; and keeping the secret of his death from the townspeople.
Do you think Mary Call's job would be easier if she were a boy? Without parents to rely on, Mary Call takes on the role of head of the family, looking after "cloudy-headed" older sister Devola whom Kiser wishes to marry, despite Roy Luther's fervent objectionsyounger brother, Romey, and younger sister, Ima Dean, and putting them to work taking care of their home and learning to "wildcraft" using the plants that grow on the nearby mountains.
The Cleavers have their own style, however, and this book is probably more memorable to me than any Byars book I have ever read. Check here for Level 2A release, permitting reproduction and dissemination in microfiche and in electronic media for!
The actress playing Mary Call Luther, Julie Gholson, looks perfect for her role, and the other children appear suitably cast as well.
Explain the book's title.Mary Call begins to question the wisdom of her late father and eventually allows Devola to marry Kiser, who arranges to obtain custody of the younger children, allowing the family to remain together. Fourteen-year-old Mary Call Luther is our narrator, and the heroine of this dramatic novel of survival. Why do you think his father doesn't have him run the family? How is Mary Call like Antigone? How would it be different if the narrator were outside the story and told about the thoughts of all the characters? Her mother, Cosby Luther is deceased and her father, Roy Luther, is very ill and not far from death himself. K Rowling's Harry Potter books, and the folk tale "Cinderella. About to die, in fact. She shoulders the tasks of holding her family together and making sure they are fed, clothed, and sheltered; keeping her promises to her dying father; and keeping the secret of his death from the townspeople. A great story, not to be missed by readers young or old. Could the same situation have happened in New York City? She isn't the oldest of the four Luther children. My rating: Oh, gosh. I will be watching for other titles by this husband-and-wife team.