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My Louisiana Sky

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,366 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Tiger Ann Parker is smart in school and good at baseball, but she's forever teased about her family by the girls in class. Tiger Ann knows her folks are different from others in their small town of Saitter, Louisiana. They are mentally slow, and Tiger Ann keeps her pain and embarrassment hidden as long as her strong and smart Granny runs the household. Then Granny dies sud...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 11th 2000 by Yearling (first published May 15th 1998)
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Annie
This is one of the stories that you walk away from as a better person. In fact, this is one of those stories you can't really walk away from.
It's the story of a girl on the threshold of womanhood in Louisiana in the fifties. She lives with her grandmother, a strong, intelligent woman who lives in poverty but does it with grace and intelligence, and her mother and father, both of whom suffer from mental disabilities. The story follows Tiger-anne's journey through coming to an understanding of he...more
Dianna
Twelve year old Tiger Ann Parker is from a poor family. Tiger and her parents live with her maternal grandmother in Saitter, Louisiana.

Tiger's parents are both considered to be mentally challenged. They are considered "different" by the town. It isn't until after the unexpected death of her grandmother that Tiger learns the reason her mother is different.

Tiger wants to be friends at school with Abby Lynn and her friends, but because she is poor and her mother is "slow" she is shunned and made...more
Jennifer Conner
We've all encountered a time in our lives where we wished we lived a completely different lifestyle. Those of us who grew up in the city, often wished for a quiet calm farm life. Reversely, those of us who grew up in the country often wished for the hustle and bustle of never-sleeping city life. "My Louisiana Sky" is a novel about the latter.

"Some people in Siatter say Momma and Daddy should never been allowed to get married because their different. Folks around here c all it retarded, but I li...more
529_Gary
Holt gives the reader a perfect example of what it was like to grow up in a small southern town. Tiger is a young girl who finds comfort in her granny. Tiger's parents are called "slow". They are both developmentally challenged. When granny dies, Tiger is faced with the choice of moving in with her aunt or staying with her parents. Her aunt lives in Baton Rouge. They live in a small town called Saitter. Tiger decides that she will stay with her parents. Even though Tiger would love to live in a...more
rivka
Somewhere between YA and kids (target audience: 10-13).

A wonderful book about love, family, and what it means to be different.
Ashlea
I really enjoyed this book and the story that it was portraying. As a college student who is specializing in Special Education and has been around family who have "special" needs this book hits close to home for me. Although the main character in this book is a female I do believe that she is relatable to both male and female readers especially if they know someone with a disability or have a parent that has a disability.

Tiger is a brave young lady who goes through the struggles of fitting in w...more
Mariah
Thirteen-year-old Tiger Ann Parker is the child of two mentally disabled parents, although she herself is in every aspect "normal." When her tough, beloved grandmother dies Tiger must face the choice between living with her fast-paced, incredibly modern aunt in Baton Rouge or stay in her cow-poke hometown Saitter to take care of her "slow" parents. If that weren't bad enough Tiger is coming to grips with her lack of looks and the romantic advances of her long time best friend. At the end of the...more
Kaka222
My Louisiana Sky was written by Kimberly Willis Holt. This book is about courage. Tiger, the main character shows immense courage in everything she does. Without her courage she could not face the everyday difficulties of her life. The book is set in Saitter, Louisiana, just outside Baton Rouge, in 1957.
Tiger Ann Parker is a bold young girl, twelve years old. She was born to parents who had disabilities. Both of Tiger's parents are retarded. Tiger and her mother and father live with her grandm...more
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Debbie Schlinger

When I first started reading "My Louisiana Sky" I felt it was a bit simple, but not many chapters into it you get to know the characters and their lives, as simple as they are, and you care deeply about who they are.
The story takes place in a simple southern town called Sutter Creek where folks hang clothes out on the line, swim in the ponds, and everyone meets at church on Sunday. The people are down home southern folk with names like Dorie Kay, Jessie Wade, Abbey Lynn, Wi...more
Lindsey Schwanke
Tiger Ann Parker lives in a small town named Saitter, Louisiana with her disabled mother, slow father and her grandmother. During the summer before Tiger enters the seventh grade she begins to become more embarrassed about her mother who has the mind of a six year old because she fell off a latter when she was younger and hit her head. Tiger so desperatly wishes her mother could be more like her aunt Dorie Kay, who lives in Baton Rouge who she finds to be smart and sophisticated. Tiger has a bes...more
SilverRaindrops
"My Louisiana Sky" tells the story 13 year old Tiger Ann Parker, growing up in a small town in rural Louisiana with "slow" parents.

The struggle Tiger Ann has to cope with the people in town and especially her classmates teasing her about her parents is the central point of this book.
The only people she really looks to for help are her Grandmother, who keeps the household going, and her aunt that sometimes visits but then goes back to her life in a big city.
Tiger Ann's feelings toward her pare...more
Krista Stevens
Light. Tiger Ann's parents are what we might call mentally challenged, but she is smart as a whip. When her grandmother dies suddenly and their entire life/family structure shatters, Tiger has to make some hard choices. Great coming of age story.

Tiger is great as are her parents, grandmother and aunt. The portrayal of the parents is lyrical, sensitive and spot on. The grandmother is great. Reminded me of my grandmother - no nonsense, no complaining, no laziness.

Set in the South in the 1930s. Th...more
Laura
You win some, you lose some. And this book was not a winner for me. I listened to it on audio book and could not get over the narrator's accent. The main character, Tiger, is from Louisiana, but really? An entire audio book read in with a rapid fire southern accent?

Tiger's parents are mentally impaired (I think that's how the book describes them). The author also mentions "colored people" a few times. I guess the novel is about tolerance? There was just too much going on with the main character...more
Art
I enjoyed Ms. Holt's writing style and thought of Janice Holt Giles here in Kentucky.
I also thought of the America Girls series and the Dear America series.
I also thought of Lois Lowry's Anastasia.
What a challenge for Tiger Ann to try and fit in with the girls in her class and to have to look after her mother was considered to be simple.
Life in Louisiana before Civil Rights and everyone had indoor plumbing and electricity.
Supposed big moment was when they got a TV. I was surprised the neighbors...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Terrific to have a setting, characters, and theme different than anything I've read before. The storyline wasn't all that different, though, which was good, because otherwise the book would have wound up being too challenging. Instead, it's just a concisely told coming-of-age novel for MG readers who like to think about life and love.
Nancee
I don't normally like YA fiction, but I've been reading a lot of heavy biographies lately and was glad to have a fun, quick read. I really liked the author's writing and it was a cute story. I always like stories set in the South for some reason. It only took a couple of hours to get through and it was an enjoyable read.
Tiffani Erickson
This is one of my favourite books. I had to read it when I was younger and feel in love with it and did a project over it. This book has a wonderful story to it and makes you more aware of yourself and those around you. It's grant to appreciate those around you and the situations you are put in.
Melanie
Tiger Ann Parker knows that her parents are differnt. She knows that is why other kids make fun of her. But it sure doesn't make it any easier. Tiger's saving grace is her grandmother. Granny can make just about anything better. Plus, there's Jesse Wade. Jesse Wade is Tiger's best friend. They play baseball together and he doesn't give a hoot about Tiger's parents.

But then Granny dies. Now what will the family do? Tiger's parents don't do so well on their own. Without Granny there to help there...more
Marna
Found myself thinking, 'This seems really familiar' about half way through and then realized I had seen the movie version some number of years ago. Must have been a pretty faithful adaptation because reading it, I felt like the movie was adequate enough.
Brynn Quarterman
I love this book! It has a unique plot and very realistic characters. I recently saw the film adaptation, that didn't compare to the book. While reading I got very attached to the main character, Tiger. I'd recommend this book, it's a wonderful story.
Carol Baldwin
In rural Louisiana in the 1950's, Tiger Ann is the smart daughter of two mentally challenged parents. Although she is embarrassed by her parents, she manages to live comfortably in the safety and protection of her strong maternal grandmother, Granny. When Granny dies, Tiger Ann's Aunt Doreen swoops in and takes her back to Baton Rouge; insisting that Tiger Ann would have more opportunities with her. Tiger Ann is torn. She loves the modern city, the clothes, and fun life her aunt promises, but wh...more
Marly Natherson
The first time I read this, I have to admit, I was pretty bored. I liked Tiger Ann's character, but for whatever reason I didn't feel a huge connection to the story.

The second time I read this, I read it to my fourth graders. I connected with Tiger Ann and Momma through their eyes, which was sweet. I felt emotion when Tiger was embarrassed at the book mobile and when her aunt acted aloof towards Granny, and I felt uninterested in the time that Tiger was in Baton Rouge because the characters I m...more
Cordelia Dinsmore
I wasn't sure I would like this when I began reading it. I don't usually read the cover blurbs, so I had no idea how the story would develop. But I enjoyed it quite a bit. At first I couldn't understand how she could have special needs parents and be so mentally capable, but, of course, the author explained it in due time.

A very touching story about a young girl struggling to find her inner strength. I fell in love with Tiger and found her to be an admirable, realistic character. As the parent o...more
Carlyn
I have the absolute worst memory. I read hundreds of books each year and could probably only recall a handful. This is a book that has stuck with me ever since I read it as a young teenager. The author was in my Aunt's Sunday school class and she sent me an autographed copy. I read and re-read this book, and loaned it out to people. I just loved it. The story is so good, and the imagery is perfect.I live in louisiana , and I can envision how things were back in the fifties in this area. I really...more
Hilary
When Tiger Ann's grandmother dies she must decide weather she is going to go live with her Aunt Dorrie Kay in the city or continue to live with her mentally-challenged parents. Holt's first offering is a bit uneven in composition, but has proved it's staying power over the years nonetheless. More powerful books with similar subjects have come out in recent years- So B. It by Sarah Weeks and My Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin. A good suggestion for kids who have liked those two books but...more
Christina
My Louisiana Sky has an excellent voice and great clarity in the storyline, perfect for my seven-year-old self. The characters are very believable, so much that I can recall wanting to be Tiger Ann. A compassionate story about people who are different, and intolerance, about having real values and not letting your head be turned by the ‘popular’ thing, and about being true to yourself and your roots.

The back cover says for children ten and up but, obviously, I think any child could read this boo...more
Shelly
Nov 16, 2008 Shelly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shelly by: HMC
Sweet story told in simple language. I think the author captured the essence of a 12 year old girl pretty well. We all want to fit in and at some point in life find ourselves on the outside. I appreciate how much the author caught the feelings of wanting someone to like you and be your friend and when they don't not really understanding why it's so important to you that they do. I loved how Tiger Ann worked through her hurt feelings and eventually triumphed. This aspect of the story impacted me...more
Melyndie
Great read for Junior High students of most reading levels, and even interesting for adults.
Ryan
A good coming-of-age story, though predictable in it's ending. Small-town life (who ever heard of Sader, LA?) in the 1950s, so you know I liked it. I enjoyed watching Tiger Ann come to grips with her mentally retarded parents and all the complications & confusion that inevitably would come to a child in such a family.

Also, I recommend the audio book version, b/c he reader has a great repertoire of Louisiana accents.

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And though I was glad to see Tiger choose her par...more
Kassie
This book is about a girl named Tiger. Tiger lives with her mom, dad, and grandmother. Tiger has parents that are "different." Her mom and dad are "slow." Beacuse Tiger's parents are "different" she gets made fun of by some girls in her neighborhood. Later on in the book Tiger has a important decision to make. Should Tiger live with her Aunt, or should Tiger stay with her parents?
I thought this was a great book. I learned about how important acceptance is, and how people cope with "different" p...more
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Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series, including Piper Reed, Navy Brat, Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen, and Piper Reed, Rodeo Star. She has written many award-winning novels, including The Water Seeker and My Louisiana Sky, as well as the picture books Waiting for Gregory and Skinny Brown Dog. A former Navy brat herself, Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over th...more
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