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A young girl comes to terms with the father she thought didn’t love her.

“Your daddy isn’t a bad man,” Aunty Rose said. “He just doesn’t have anything to do with us. So why do you keep asking?”

It seems like everything eleven-year-old Willa Mae wants to know just isn’t proper material for her curiosity. But some mysteries have a way of unraveling on their own. When her long-
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 11th 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Ruhama
Dec 09, 2009 Ruhama rated it liked it
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Willa Mae has lived with her grandparents and Aunt Rose (age 16) for the past several years. Her father is in the Navy, fighting World War II and her mother died from a head injury, slipping on the ice. But now Willa Mae’s father is back, and she learns all kinds of interesting things about her family’s history, and gets to know her other grandparents, too. The real tension in the story comes when Willa Mae’s father decides to take her with him to Oklahoma to find work, and everyone struggles ...more
Lizzette Armendariz
This story conveys a message of hope and inspiration but deep in mystery. So many question left unanswered for a young girl. This is a fiction book but it based on the era of world war II. This book gave a good description of what took place in this era and it had some twist and turns which made the book even more interesting. The author always made a point to create "why questions" throughout the whole book in order to keep the reader hooked. In many ways as a reader we want there to be room ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 5-9 228 pgs


1947 Huxley Illinois, 12 year old Willa Mae Clark loves her grandparents who have raised her since she was little, but there are a lot of questions about her past that they won't answer. What was her mother, who died when Willa Mae was little, like, why hasn't her father come home from the Navy, who is the Clark baby in the cemetery. When Willa Mae's father, will she finally get her answers?

I would recommend this book to somone who read and enjoyed "So B. It" or "My Name is Naomi L
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Amanda
Mar 12, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
gr 5-9 228 pgs


1947 Huxley Illinois, 12 year old Willa Mae Clark loves her grandparents who have raised her since she was little, but there are a lot of questions about her past that they won't answer. What was her mother, who died when Willa Mae was little, like, why hasn't her father come home from the Navy, who is the Clark baby in the cemetery. When Willa Mae's father, will she finally get her answers?

I would recommend this book to somone who read and enjoyed "So B. It" or "My Name is Naomi L
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Marcia
Apr 18, 2011 Marcia rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Ever since her mother died 5 years ago, 11-year-old Willa Mae Clarke is happy living with her grandparents. Still, she's curious about her father and wonders if he'll come home now that World War II is over. When her daddy finally does return, he whisks her off to Oklahoma. She wants to make him happy, but misses living with her grandparents. Why can't she be with everyone she loves?" With simple, beautiful words, the authro shows the characters from the viewpoint of the child who can't quite ...more
Jan Blazanin
Aug 28, 2009 Jan Blazanin rated it it was amazing
OVER THE RIVER is historical fiction at its finest. I love stories about family secrets, and Moranville's flawless writing drew me in from the first page. This is a wonderful story for middle school age on up.
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When I was a kid, I wanted to be an engineer--and some days still do. But I love being a writer and teacher of creative writing. I live on a small acreage with my husband in the midwest and am devoted to gardens and grandchildren. I spend most of my time helping things grow: ideas into stories; seeds into flowers; grandbabies into miracles.
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