Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush
Why had he come to her, with his dark secrets from a long-ago past? What was the purpose of their strange, haunting journeys back into her own childhood? Was it to help Dab, her retarded older brother, wracked with mysterious pain who sometimes took more care and love than Tree had to give? Was it for her mother, Vy, who loved them the best she knew how, but wasn't home en...more
It took me a long time to get into this book as the language and dialect took a lot of getting used to as there was a lot of slang and street lingo that was used, which for me is what made it hard to get read. It’s one thing to speak the words, but a whole other thing when you are reading it.
Tree, an adolescent girl is the first one to notice Brother Rush. Although she has been described as intelligent in her own right ...more
The characters were well drawn, once I got into it. I was really intrigued by the glimpses of the past, disturbed and conflicted (just like Tree) about M'vy and the way she treated Dab (now and in the past), and I also really liked the Sylvester character.
The ghost aspect was handled with a light hand - very gentle and non spooky or scary.
The dialect was a tiny issue for me. Although I understan ...more
AND it turns out that the mother had 4 brothers who all died and a life and a father of the kids who left her and ...more
This is one of those books that I really really wanted to like, but I just couldn't. I couldn't get past one of the major plot points...spoilers so skip to the next paragraph if you don't want to know...While I appreciated the dialect and the writing as ...more
I turned the last page, expecting more and yet finding only the short bio on Virginia Hamilton. I felt like nothing had really been resolved. Hamilton's adolescent novel, Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush, left me very disappointed by the ending. However, in looking back I realize now how powerful and effective a writer Hamilton is, and that I was wrong in initially accusing her of the deus ex machina. A lot of my initial disappointment came from my lack of insight ...more
Tree lives in an apartment with her brother Dab, who has exceptional needs. Their mother, Vy, works away from home and comes when she can to bring money and food to her children. There is another central chara ...more
This is one of the most difficult reviews I've attempted to write, in part because I just couldn't get into the story at all in the beginning. I tried on three different occasions to read this story before finally finishing it on the third go round. And I feel like I need to read it one more time to fully understand what it was that I read.
I think part of the problem I had with getting into the story is that the dialect is just something that I’m so unused to ...more
This book would be a very hard sell, I think, thoug ...more
Hamilton's writing is wonderfully lucid and descriptive, showing Tree's thoughts in a langu ...more
I hadn't thought about this book in years and years and years. I just happened to see it again right now. I was looking at the page for Dinky Hckper Shoots Smack, and this book was listed on the side. As soon as I saw the title, I remembered it as a book I read repeatedly in middle school, maybe into high school. But I can't really remember the plot of it, even after reading the summary and some other reviews.
The weird thing is that as soon as I read the title, I s ...more
“Fear crawled up her legs. Cold flopped in her stomach like a dying fish. The fish froze solid, flaking scales of ice slivers that made her shiver violently. She was shaking so hard she thought the teeth would shake out of her mouth.”
“…she had carved out a narrow life for the two of them…She, taking care of Dab and doing homework. Going to ...more
When I first started this book, I wasn't sure what to make of it. But as the plot moved along, I found myself being drawn into the book and by the end liking it a bit more. The dialect of this book is very hard to read sometimes. I was glad to see from other reviews that I am not the only person who feels this way.
Tree (Theresa) begins to see Brother Rush after school and then realizes that he's a ghost. She is a bit preoccupied taking care of her older brother, Dab becau ...more
“The stone finest dude Tree had ever seen in her short life of going on 15 years.”
Later on she came to realize Brother Rush was a ghost.
All of her young fifteen year old life, Teresa had been taking care of her older retarded brother Dab, while their mother M’Vy spend weeks away from home to earn a living. Why has Teresa been chosen to see the ‘mystery? What secrets has Brother Rush come to reveal? Why did he pick this time in her life ...more
Probably rating ...more
The imperfection of the characters it was makes them endearing, they are all heavily flawed but human and compassionate.
I'm pretty sure I wouldn't use this in a classroom lesson, but might reccommend it to individual students as independent reading.