Rabble Starkey
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Rabble Starkey

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Many things change for twelve-year-old Rabble Starkey, her mother, and her best friend, Veronica Bigelow, when Veronica's mother becomes mentally incapacitated and the Starkeys move in with the Bigelows.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 27th 1987 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1987)
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I did not like this book as much because I didn't really understand the dialect they spoke in. Rabble had a really strong southern accent and poor grammar. She talked in a 'hillbilly' voice. The setting of the book was in West Virginia, so I'm guessing maybe that’s why the tone of the story was written this way. I tried researching about the author, Lois Lowry, but nothing ever mentioned her living in rural places talking like Rabble. But in the book, Rabble and her mom, Sweet- Ho had a good rel...more
Why has this title fallen into obscurity? The writing quality is superb — easily on par with Lowry's better-known books like Number the Stars. I stumbled upon this because it was a free borrow under the Kindle Unlimited program. The story appears to take place in the 1980s, but other than a brief reference to a VCR, it hasn't aged a bit. The characters are strong and their growth satisfying and believable. This thing deserves a reprint.
Lois Lowry is absolutely the most talented middle grade/YA author alive. This sweet, ultimately uplifting book is evidence of her gift for honest, engaging stories and likeable but flawed characters -- and its smalltown West Virginia setting was a nice change of pace. I appreciated the lesson that moving on can be painful, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be grateful for what we have.
Cheryl in CC NV
Reads more like a problem novel by the Vera and Bill Cleaver. I kept waiting for things to work out they way I wanted to, but they didn't - it's more 'real' than I wanted.
Unfortunately, rather forgettable.
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always...more
More about Lois Lowry...
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