by Dori Sanders
Clover is ten years old when her father, Gaten Hill, the principal of an elementary school, marries a white woman, Sara Kate. Hours later there is an automobile accident, and her father is dead. In this stunning novel, Dori Sanders tells a story of black-white relationships like no other ever written, as seen through the eyes of one of the most appealing and memorable char...more
ebook, First Digital, 192 pages
Published 1990 by Algonquin Books
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Mar 09, 2013 Angela rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I had the pleasure of meeting Dori Sanders in 1995 when she spoke at an event at the Huntsville Public Library. She was a delight to meet. Her book, Clover, is wonderfully written. She has done a wonderful job of getting into the mind of a 10-year-old child who has just lost her father. Here is an excerpt from the inside book cover:
“Clover is ten years old when her father, Gaten Hill, the principal of an elementary school, marries a white woman, Sara Kate. Hours later there is an automobile acc...more
I found this to be a sweet, simple book telling of the forced-upon relationship between child and step-mother. Though I'm still unsure as to the audience, I feel this sensitive book would be enjoyed by anyone from 'tweenaged to adult. Since it was short in length, it lacked the depth that might have made it even more compelling (as its jacket promised), yet the story of an African American child and a white woman was a tender one, and worth the read nonetheless. And, as it was published in Chape...more
This book was confusing, but had a good moral behinf it. It was confusing because the little girl's, Clover,father died and in the the book they ket on doing flashbacks with her and her father. I had to re- read some of the things again and again but I finally got used to the script it was written in. After I got used to the writing/ flashbacks I started to understand the plot and the stpry line. This book proves that people shouldn't judge people by the way they look or the way they act. To sum...more
The book Clover is about a ten-year old African American gilr living with her white stepmother after her father dies in an accident. It shows all the hardships and good time the two of them go through and also deals with the theme of prejudice. I really really like this book and thought it was interesting to hear about all the thing the girl Clover had to experience and endure. I thought it was a little slow starting off, but it got really good in the middle and right up to the end. You should d...more
the book Clover was about a little african american named Clover. her dad died the day he married Clover's step mom who Clover had only met once. The step moms name is sara kate and she is white. so their family doesn't welocme sara kate in very well. it's intresting to see how Clover and her stepmom start to get along and grow close to each other. the book was ok, nothing very exciting happened in it but it was intresting to read aout a little girl's life.
Oct 24, 2009 Catherine Mustread rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Heard Dori speak at PLA in Charlotte NC on 3/31/00. She told some great stories including one about an elderly lady who's daughter is horrified to learn that a Meals on Wheels volunteer type has stolen all her mother's "heirlooms" which the daughter herself had no interest in, and the mother could care less about the theft but appreciated the personal attention she got from the volunteer as opposed to the daughter's bossy phone calls from afar.
Though I wasn't blown away, I liked Dori Sanders' writing better than that of many other local authors. Her prose is charmingly simple, which is appropriate since the narrator is a 10-year-old girl. Some of the dialog is a bit awkward, and the novel's structure is rambling at times. However, I liked the honest portrayal of prejudice within the African-American community--definitely not PC.
The book clover is a good book. The book is about a girl's father who gets maried to a white women (He's African American). On their way back from the wedding they get in to a car crash and the father dies. The girl Clover is forced tolive with this white women that she knows nothing about. The book talks a lot about race and family.
Sep 26, 2011 Carolyn Brandt rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This book was okay. Now that I've had to actually think about it, there were few plots and character stories. It ended on a flat note. You did see the progression of the relashionship of the step-mother and daughter and the step-mother and her sister-in-law. Not really recommended, but it was written nicely.
This was a simple read from the eyes of 8-year-old Clover, a precocious black girl whose father married a white woman and was soon thereafter killed in a car wreck. Clover's story tells how she and her stepmom create a life for themselves after her father's death and the acceptance of a white woman into a black family. Very good story line. Highly recommended.
To me this book was confusing and hard to understand. Afterawhile it only kept me half entertained. All together the book was okay, and i would suggest it to anyone who likes that ime period, but other than that, i dont think that it was that good of a book.
A bittersweet story about the relationship that develops between a precocious little black girl (Clover) and her white stepmother (Sara Kate) after tragedy has dramatically changed both of their lives. A quick read with likable, colorful characters.
I'm disappointed that I didn't like this book more. I read a wonderful article about Dori Sanders in an old Gourmet magazine, and it made me want to read this book. Reviewers compared the character of Clover (a 10 year old black girl raised by her white step mother after her father dies) to Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird and Will Tweedy in Cold Sassy Tree. I have to disagree. As much as I wanted to like this book, I thought the writing was disjointed (sentences seemed to be out of order or didn'...more