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Thank You for All Things

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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  1,389 ratings  ·  214 reviews
At twelve, Lucy Marie McGowan already knows she'll be a psychologist when she grows up. And her quirky and conflicted family provides plenty of opportunity for her to practice her calling. Now Lucy, her "profoundly gifted" twin brother, Milo, her commitment-phobic mother, and her New Age grandmother are leaving Chicago for Timber Falls, Wisconsin, to care for her dying gra ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 603 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Large Print Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mich
i LOVE sandra kring. i LOVE this book. oh my... what a great read! i tho't her other books were good, well this one does NOT disappoint! go get it RIGHT NOW and read it! i love lucy. if nothing else it teaches you a lesson, you might want to know something in the worst way and then when you find it out.. well you just might wonder why.
oh a great read
(kindle'd- for 4.99)
Amy
I really like this author. Each of her books is told from the vantage point of a child who is real and wise and innocent and suffering because of choices those who love her have made. Lucy is the main character in this one and the thing I love about her the most is that she isn't afraid to feel deeply both the high's and low's of life.
Kathryn Magendie
Sandra Kring’s third novel, “Thank You For All Things,” holds within its pages themes and voices I love to read about: family, sacrifice, love, surprise, forgiveness, home, belonging, and relationships—particularly between mothers and daughters and fathers and daughters. Kring’s newest novel also has themes that are painful: family violence, human death and death of a dream, and betrayal. Kring doesn’t whitewash the secret dark side of family; however, she doesn’t grab readers by the throat with ...more
Janene
The only negative I can say....is that I didn't read this book sooner.

My friend brought me her copy. I took it home and it got lost in the shuffle. In fact, months later, she asked if I'd read it and I said I did't have it. lol Whilst cleaning out dust bunnies under my bed...I found it. From there, it sat on my nighstand for a few months. I just had a feeling it was going to be sappy and light.

I was wrong.

Sandra Kring is a writer! She writes in a way that captures you immediately and refuses t
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Kristi Larson
I loved this book, even though I'd read it years before. The people in the book are explored in such a way that you come to love and understand them all. I would recommend all books by this author. I've read them all!
Janel
WHEW! This book sure has a lot to say about life, death, psychology, human nature, family dynamics....all kinds of deep junk for the mind to ponder. Being told in the first person by 11 year old Lucy, gives the book an innocence and fresh perspective. The author was brilliant in how she used techniques to let us into the intimate thoughts of the adult characters through journal entries, and overheard snips of conversations. It was also a good decision by the author to make her young characters o ...more
Lady L
I found myself LOL throughout the book right down to the last few chapters and pages of the book. From the minute I began to read I was hooked trying to figure out how the title related with the story line. As the story continued and as I continued to read, I soon forgot about figuring out the title and then focused my thoughts on figuring out the ultimate quest of the main character--Lucy who strived to find the answer to the ultimate question: "Whose my father?"

As Lucy searches to find out
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Francis
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Shareen Wornson
WOW - this book is going to make you think about life and perspectives and family and history. It is going to make you believe that people will never change and then it is going to make you believe that people can change. It is going to restore your faith in true love and belonging. It is going to be completely worth your time, because Sandra Kring is an amazing author! And, young Lucy is the perfect person to carry this story to us. She is plenty book smart and also wise beyond her years and in ...more
Kris
4 STARS

"At twelve, Lucy Marie McGowan already knows she'll be a psychologist when she grows up. And her quirky and conflicted family provides plenty of opportunity for her to practice her calling. Now Lucy, her 'profoundly gifted' twin brother, Milo, her commitment-phobic mother, and her New Age grandmother are leaving Chicago for Timber Falls, Wisconsin, to care for her dying grandfather - a complex and difficult man whose failure as a husband and father still painfully echoes down through the
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Keely J. James
A revealing look at a family ties through the eyes of an inquisitive child.

A revealing look at a family ties through the eyes of an inquisitive child.

Sandra Kring takes readers on a never-a-dull moment journey into the lives of a truly unique family. A series of unfortunate events result in two children, their single mother and grandmother moving into the house where their estranged grandfather and father is dying. We get acquainted with the McGowan family through the eyes of Lucy, the precociou
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Kyra
Kind of an Oprah book - incredibly bright kids and depressed mother find love & redemption while watching over dying asshole grandpa. But the narrator was fresh & funny and I did stick with it. A bit too longwinded, and I don't think anyone names anyone Mitzi anymore - even in Wisconsin.
Lynn
Lucy and Milo, twins who have grown up without a father and without knowing their grandparents. Mom finally takes the twins back to grandparent's home when grandpa is seriously ill.

Lucy's dialogue is just delightful, and Milo, her overly bright (somewhat autistic???) brother is also cute although Lucy does most of the narrating.

The problem I had with the book is all the violence - it was too "over the top" for me. I know there is family violence and it should be discussed. But this was too much
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Gina
I thought this was a sequel to Book of Bright Ideas, but apparently I was mistaken- I kept waiting for characters to appear that never did! Good story though- loved the little girl and her desperate search to figure out the identity of her father.
jimtown
Thank You For All Things is only the second book I've read by Sandra Kring, but keep this name in mind, Kring. Sandra Kring has moved quickly to claim a place among my top favorite writers to read. She has several books out and they all sound good, I'll be looking for them.

In this story, we meet eleven year old Lucy McGowan and her twin brother Milo. They are exceptionally bright and gifted children, especially Milo, who plays only a small role in this story. Lucy plans to become a psychologist
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Wendy
I just finished this book. The author is a really good writer...it was an engrossing, quick read but I have to say I did not like the story at all. This book tells the story of a single mom, who lives with her new-agey mother and her pre-teen twins. The twins are homeschooled and sheltered from the world. They also know nothing of their birth father. When their apartment catches fire, the family travels to Wisconsin to help care for their terminally ill grandfather. There is bad blood between th ...more
Marvin
A story that seems calculated to appeal to Oprah, pretty effectively rendered. The narrator is an 11-year-old girl, Lucy, who, at the beginning of the story, lives in Chicago with her single mother, who has trouble committing to long-term relationships, and her twin brother. Like her brother, she's a genius. Her IQ is not as stratospheric as his, but she has a photographic memory and prides herself in being more "sensate," that is, better at understanding and dealing with people than her largely ...more
Diane
I fell in love with Sandra Kring's first book: The Book of Bright Ideas last month. In fact, I loved it so much, I followed it up with her second book, Carry Me Home which I also enjoyed. Her third and most recent book, Thank You For All Things was also a hit with me.

This story has an eleven year old narrator who was great; her name is Lucy McGowan. Lucy and her brother Milo are twins. They are both gifted with genius level IQs, although brother Milo has Lucy beat by 30+ points. Milo is nerdy an
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Kelly
I am so glad that Tammy introduced me to Sandra Kring with The Book of Bright Ideas. I really like Kring's writing style, and I am impressed with her characterization, especially her first person voice of young children/preteens.

This book has a mystery to it (hence the murder mystery tag although there is no murder)with 12 year old Lucy trying to discover who her father is and what other secrets her mom hides. I love Lucy (who narrates the story)and her twin Milo who is gifted and their New Age
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Lisa
This is a Wisconsin author who we were fortunate enough to have call in to our book club to discuss it with us.
Book was quirky, and good, author made the book even better. All of Kring's books have children as the main character, and they are usually wise beyond their years.
Interesting story, we tried to Skype with the author but had technical difficulties. We decided to just do speaker phone.
As we were signing off, after speaking to Sandra for about 30 minutes, one of the book club members inte
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Kathleen
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Amy
Forgot to review this one, but considering my recent choices of dark and depressing, this one was just the right amount of...not quite so dark and depressing! The characters are very likable- especially the new age grandma, & the ex madame of a house of ill repute! This was not too deep, and not too weird, but definitely emotional enough to keep my dark interests peaked.

A really deplorable childhood is re-lived when a single mother- joined by her unique twin children, and "freaky new age mo
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Theresa
Lucy McGowan is 11 years old and her mother is taking her, her “profoundly gifted” twin brother Milo and her maternal Grandmother to Timber Falls, Wisconsin to care for Lucy’s dying grandfather. A man she has never met because her mother has been estranged from him since before Lucy and her brother were born.

Her mother, Tess, doesn’t want to go. But events are working against her not going. Their Chicago apartment is about to go through a major bug fumigation so they have to vacate it for a few
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Jane
12 y/o Lucy narrates the story. Twin bro Milo: a genius. Her mom, Tess, with men issues. Grandma, Oma, new age weirdo. Make a trip from their apt in Chicago to take Oma to care for her ex-husband (Tess and her twin Clay's, dad Sam).
Their apt bldg catches fire therefore they all stay. Lucy learns the story of her father (genius, artist whacko) and her grandpa Sam: also a mean sob at home. But she learns lots more too and learns to love him. She speaks from the heart at the funeral.
Jamie
I was not overly-impressed with this book. The story is told by an eleven year old girl who has an above average IQ. Through the story she learns a lot about how to deal with disappointments as she tries to figure out the background of her broken family. There are some endearing moments, but overall the characters are not very believable. The main character learns a lot about her family through secretly reading her mom's diary entries. This feels like cheating - not only does it feel wrong for h ...more
Pammy
This is book # two for me by Sandra Kring and she delivered another 5 star hit!
Her characters are lovable or easy to despise and the plots/themes capture your attention with their immediacy. Such heavy themes as personal sacrifice, family violence & dysfunction, death, and dementia could be exhausting to the reader, but not with Kring at the helm. And, how about that,along the way she cleverly inserts a life lesson or two to be learned!
Tasha enderby
The main character of this book is a 12 year old girl Lucy but she is so much smarter then the average 12 year old. My grandmother would call her an old soul. But like all kids she just wants to know where she comes from, who her father is and why her mother behaves he way he does. I think we all want to understand our mothers butbto do that you have to understand their childhood, their life and most parents hide that from their kids. We all want better for our kids then what we had, we want the ...more
Ruth
Hmmmm. Basically this book was too melodramatic for my taste. It did keep me engrossed, but the way a soap opera would if I let myself watch one. (I've never actually gotten hooked on a soap, so that comparison is only hypothetical.) The characters are all extremely extreme: Lucy is precociously wise about emotions, Milo is a math whiz who is allowed to remain completely underdeveloped in other ways, Mom/Tess is EXTREMELY reactive & fearful, Oma is absurdly New Agey, Marie is perfectly wise, ...more
Judith Yeabsley
This had all the makings of a good book but missed the mark for me. I can't quite put my finger on it but think it's because the people seemed a bit caricaturist . It was over the top and yet quite slow. The main character 11 y.o. Lucy was the only one who seemed to be 'real' and the passages about her attachment to her mother's boyfriend, dying grandfather and quest for her father's identity saved the book.
Iowa City Public Library
Kring’s book explores life through the eyes of eleven-year-old Lucy McGowan. Lucy’s conflicted family is called to Wisconsin to care for her ailing grandfather. Lucy desperately wants to understand why her mother withdraws from love, hates her childhood home, and is fiercely protective of Lucy and her twin brother, Milo. Lucy believes that if she can learn her family’s secrets, she will figure out how to begin the emotional healing her family desperately needs. As Lucy discovers more about her m ...more
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