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Greetings from Nowhere

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  867 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Aggie isn’t expecting visitors at the Sleepy Time Motel in the Great Smoky Mountains. Since her husband died, she is all alone with her cat, Ugly, and keeping up with the bills and repairs has become next to impossible. The pool is empty, the garden is overgrown, and not a soul has come to stay in nearly three months. When she reluctantly places a For Sale ad in the newspa ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published January 1st 2008)
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Greetings From Nowhere is a book that everyone should read in their lifetime. The book follows four main characters, Aggie, Willow, Loretta, and Kirby, and how they find themselves meeting at a motel in North Carolina. Although the book is a bit frustrating with how short the "chapters" are and also how each "chapter" is told from one of the four different points of views, there are definitely moments that make your eyes well up with tears and moments that make you want to laugh awkwardly. Aggie ...more
Greetings From Nowhere is a charming book that I just love! It centers around Sleepy Time Motel in the Great Smoky Mountains. Aggie, the owner, is a widow. She is finding it difficult--really difficult--to keep the motel going. Sometimes months go by between guests. And the last time a guest came, it was by chance they stayed even one night. Financially, it makes sense for Aggie to consider selling. It is what she "needs" to do practically. But is her heart ready to let go of her dream? But this ...more
What a great juvenile book about loss, divorce, and other major woes. Three kids and an older lady are the main characters who each learn from one another how fortunate that they all are. They all learn that there is more to their lives and life is not as bad as it seems.
I read this for a reading challenge and it was a great pick!
I think these are the best books i have ever read i mean not like the best of the best but i just LOVED this book but not as much as How To Steal a Dog! My teacher read this to us and i thought it was really good!
One Sentence Review: O'Connor knocks another one clean out of the park with a really wonderful tale of several very different kids and one old, run-down, defunct motel.
As always, a moving and thought-provoking book from Barbara O'Connor. You can count on her characters' solid emotional authenticity. "Greetings from Nowhere" has been on my reading pile, and my seven-year-old son picked up this novel. He told me "I'm reading "Greetings from Nowhere". I really like it. I'm on page 51!" That says mountains about the power of her storytelling. Most young boys, including my son, like cartoon comedy, fantasy adventure, wacky adventures, mysteries, Diary of a Wimpy Ki ...more
Gr 5-8-Aggie Duncan cannot muster the energy to fix up the Sleepy Time Motel since her husband died, and with no visitors stopping by on North Carolina's Smoky Mountains back roads, she reluctantly concludes that it's time to sell. Within days of placing an ad, she has an offer from Clyde Dover, who is eager to make a new life for himself and his daughter, Willow, after his wife's desertion. They are soon joined by Loretta and her parents, who are on a journey to learn more about Loretta's birth ...more
The setting of the Great Smoky Mountains is what led me to pick up this book. I love the Smoky Mountains and have been trying to get my hands on as many books, fiction and non-fiction, about the area that I can. O'Connor did a fabulous job of making me wish I was back amongst the mountains again as I read Greetings from Nowhere.
The Sleepy Time Motel in North Carolina's Great Smokey Mountains has been Aggie's home for decades. After the death of her beloved husband, Harold, Aggie is unable to kee
Greetings from Nowhere is told from the following four different, interwoven perspectives: Aggie, Willow, Kirby, and Loretta. Aggie is an older woman who owns the Sleepy Time Motel, which is the setting for the story. Readers learn that her husband has recently died, the same man who pretty much ran the motel. Aggie is drowning in bills and doesn’t really know how to run the motel, whether from lack of experience or just from the grief she is feeling with the loss of her husband. Because of this ...more
a. Realistic Fiction

b. 200 pgs.

c. Aggie runs a motel in the Great Smoky Mountains. Her husband is dead and she lives alone trying to pay the bills. After three months no one has come to stay and she has to place a for sale ad in the newspaper. Then Kirby and his mom come because their car broke down. Loretta and her parents come on a trip to honor Loretta's birth mother. Willow and her dad (who are buying the motel) come in a hurry and Aggie feels really rushed by Clyde to complete the sale for
Eva Mitnick
Sometimes a book comes along that hits you in just the right way. It doesn’t klonk you over the head with its fabulousness, but rather it quietly sinks into your mind and heart as you read it, creating a mood that lingers.

Greeting from Nowhere by Barbara O’Connor (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008) is such a book. O’Connor’s previous book Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia was a highly pleasant read, but I must confess that I didn’t finish How to Steal a Dog – the conjunction of my mood and the
Greetings from Nowhere is about four main characters, five if you count the motel, which I would. Every character has his or her own story, and, of course, the stories will overlap during the course of the book.

There is something so very sweet about Barbara O'Connor's characters. On the surface, they seem simple, lacking complexity and perhaps even facile, but that is only because she does not write down every word of their stories. She leaves it to the readers to fill in the framework of the ch
Greek Soldier
Greetings from Nowhere, is a realistic fiction about an old lady(Aggie) who owns a motel by the Smokey Mountains. Over the years it has become harder and harder for her to keep the motel looking good. It especially became hard when her husband died a while back. So she puts advertisements in the paper about her motel being for sale. Little does she know that help is on the way for the once beautiful motel. Kirby and his mom are on their way to a military school in the Smokey Mountains. Loretta a ...more
Five characters in search of... something. Friends? Love? Both? Anyway, The Sleepy Time Motel, owned by Aggie, is the setting for the coming together and "healing" of Aggie, Willow, Loretta, Kirby and Clyde.

The main plot device seemed to move too quickly: could one really buy a motel in a matter of days? With all that seemed wrong with it, I just doubt that could happen. However, I didn't doubt Aggie's loneliness, or her attachment to Ugly and Howard, or her newfound attachments with Willow, Lo
This is my kind of book. No sex, swearing, or violence. Greetings is a gentle story that follows four characters who come together at a run-down motel aptly named Sleepytime. Aggie, the aging motel owner, is bereft after the death of her spouse and has no friends save for a cat named Ugly. With no customers for three months, Aggie can no longer pay bills or make repairs and reluctantly places the motel for sale.

Enter Willow Dover and her father, Clyde. The broken family of two buy the motel with
Sandra Strange
If you need to read a book that gives you a warm, hopeful feeling, this novel will do well. It's hard to classify, because though it's sold as a YA novel and contains several youngsters, most of the novel is from the point of view of a sweet widow who's trying to survive without her beloved husband and decides to sell the motel they ran together. And that's the kernel of the story: what happens when a couple with a youngster move to buy and rehabilitate the now shabby but beloved motel.
Amanda Northrup
A sweet gentle story about 4 people (2 girls, 1 boy, and an older woman) who find themselves together at a motel in Western North Carolina. Each person is struggling with something: Aggie doesn't want to sell the motel, Willow's mother has left her father, Kirby's family is sending him to a school for bad boys, and Loretta's biological mother has died before they could meet.

Told in short chapters that alternate among the 4 perspectives, Greetings From Nowhere is a story that really sneaks up on
I didn't enjoy the writing style of this book, but I enjoyed the characters and have found it's really easy to recommend to a large group of elementary students (boys and girls, 3rd to 6th grade). It is an easy read for students and a good balance of 'innocent' but still interesting. Each chapter is told by a different character. My personal annoyance was that each character had the same writing style. As in, unfinished, very short sentences. That weren't sentences. Clearly a style choice. That ...more
May 27, 2008 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 3rd-5th graders
Shelves: children-s
Four people's lives come together in a broken down motel in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. Told in chapters depicting one of the four major character's point of view, "Greetings" tells the stories of Aggie, a woman whose husband has died and who must sell the motel they've owned together since they were first married after World War II; Willow, whose father is buying the motel to begin a new life after Willow's mother abandoned them; Loretta, who is touring the Smokey Mountains with her ...more
Mary Lee
This is my favorite 2008 so far! In my *other* book log, the one with pages and a cover decorated with Laurel Burch's art, I am collecting the first lines of every book I read this year. Greetings From Nowhere also has the best first line of the year!

I love that this book made me think of other favorites. A death in the tomato patch occurs in Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles. Both books let me live in the south without the humidity. The miniature horses and the pesky boy walked strai
Feb 16, 2011 Andy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2-star
Aggie, the elderly owner of The Sleepy Time Motel in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains has recently lost her husband Harold. She finds it difficult to continue operations without Harold’s help and reluctantly decides to sell their beloved home. Newly single Clyde Dover decides to answer Aggies for sale ad. He purchases the deteriorating motel, and uproots his daughter Willow without much discussion. Willow is struggling to cope with her mother’s recent abandonment. Surprisingly she finds some und ...more
This book is good vegetable soup. I love good vegetable soup, and at the same time I can’t escape the fact that the soup is good for me too. In the best vegetable soup, the veggies are obvious – not yet overcooked into mush. With books, it’s easy to overcook the obvious “good for me” parts, and that happens a bit here.

There are too many repeated phrases. Too many three and four line poetic prose phrases. Too many literary reminders of the wholesome seriousness of all the good thoughts and good
Greetings From Nowhere is a sweet story told from multiple points of view. Since her husband Harold passed away, Aggie lives in the Sleepytime Motel with only her cat Ugly for company. The motel is nestled in the foot hills of the Smoky Mountains and has fallen into a state of disrepair since the highway was installed and people keep driving towards the fancier hotels in surrounding areas. Aggie decides to sell the hotel and suddenly she has several guests who have all arrived under different ci ...more
Shelley Daugherty
Caudill Award Nominee.

This story takes place at a roadside hotel which is being sold by an older woman, Aggie, who just lost her husband. When she puts the place up for sale, many new people suddenly come and stay at the hotel which hasn't seen a visitor in months. Included are three pre-teen children who have little to nothing in common. At least that's the way it appears in the beginning. But once their paths are crossed, they soon become entwined together in something that just might be the
This book started tugging at my heart and it never let go! The kind old motel owner has lost her husband and she is about to lose her motel too. The young girl who will be moving into the hotel with her father lost her mother, but in a different way. An adopted girl found terrific parents, but just learned that the mother that gave her up is now gone, and a troubled boy left his neighbor, the only person to ever see the good in him. I do not do well with books about losing a spouse and the poor, ...more
Greetings from Nowhere is the story of Aggie Duncan who owns a hotel in North Carolina. The highway no longer runs right by the hotel, so Aggie has seen the number of guest falling. Having decided that she can no longer take care of the hotel, she sells it to a Clyde Dover (who has a young daughter, Willow) who is looking to start over after his wife has left him. Meanwhile, 2 other families arrive to stay at the hotel. Loretta and her parents, on a scavenger hunt to find landmarks from the trea ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jill by: Caudill 2012 list
Like I said in my status update, this was a sad little book.

This is the story of a run-down motel about to get sold and the people who coincidentally all stay there at the same time even though no one has visited in four months.

The characters were nice, the writing was good, and I could definitely see the plot playing out in my mind. I guess what I didn't like is that it was a melancholy story. There were moments of cuteness, but overall it was just pretty depressing. I found that to be a strang
Sep 07, 2011 Kerry rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kerry by: 4th-6th graders
While I enjoyed the story, I felt the author had to really contrive some of the storylines so these characters could converge on one, isolated, location. I really questioned Willow's dad and his very sudden, rash decision to buy a motel without (to the reader's knowledge) any experience in business - not to mention having the money (no bank loan) to sink into a motel so off the beaten track.

I also questioned if starting the novel with the old widow would really pull in the casual reader. Kirby
Jun 08, 2008 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: juv
Isn't that cover art fab? This was a simple, straightforward story about a great cast of characters meeting at an old, run-down motel. It could have been sappy - but it wasn't. There was enough of an edge to it, and some sadness, but also characters who were happy despite the tough things in life, and people who were happy with the little things. A good choice for maybe an older elementary school reader who likes plenty of points of view and a bunch of interesting characters, but doesn't need an ...more
This was recommended as a read-aloud when I was teaching 3rd grade. I liked it, but I think it might have been over their heads (some of them, anyway!) a bit.
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Barbara O'Connor's awards include the Parents Choice Gold and Silver Award, American Library Association Notable Books, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, School Library Journal Best Books, and Kirkus Best Books. Her books have been nominated for children's choice awards in 38 states and voted as a state favorite by children in South Carolina, Indiana, Kansas, and South Dakota.

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