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One of School Library Journal's Best Fiction Books of 2011

When Ollie's daddy, the Reverend Everlasting Love, pulls their travel trailer into Binder to lead a three-day revival, Ollie knows that this town will be like all the others they visit— it is exactly the kind of nothing Ollie has come to expect. But on their first day in town, Ollie meets Jimmy Koppel, whose mother
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Hardcover, 250 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Farrar Straus Giroux (BYR). Margaret Ferguson Books
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Patricia J. O'Brien
Nov 25, 2011 Patricia J. O'Brien rated it it was amazing
This is what might be known as a quiet book--a middle grade, historical fiction about a girl whose father is a traveling preacher. I usually read YA or adult fantasy/dystopian but, I was drawn in completely to Ollie's world and her huge heart and courage. And even though Tess Hilmo's writing is rich in detail and atmosphere, a sense of urgency and danger begins early and stays through the story.
I like that this book is never preachy, despite being about a family who travel from town to town to s
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Sheila
Feb 03, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it
A book full of so many messages for kids and adults. This book's storyline will stay with you for a long time. Ollie is a very memorable main character.
Caroline Rose
New to Binder, Arkansas, Ollie refuses to condemn a down and out family and with her preacher-father stands for truth in this atmospheric To Kill a Mockingbird for the middle-grade set.
Aeicha
Sep 23, 2013 Aeicha rated it really liked it
Tess Hilmo’s With a Name Like Love is a moving and well-written middle-grade contemporary with charming characters, a wonderfully crafted setting, and a story that is equal parts mystery, humor, and heart. In 1957, thirteen year old Ollie Love and her four sisters travel with their mother and father, Reverend Everlasting Love, across the country, preaching in small towns. A stop in Binder, Arkansas finds Ollie a friend in Jimmy Koppel. Jimmy’s momma is in jail for murdering his father, but Jimmy ...more
Amanda Snow
Sep 23, 2011 Amanda Snow rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2011
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13 year old Ollie is used to living on the road. Her daddy, Reverend Everlasting Love, is a preacher, leading tent revivals all across the country for a living. Ollie, along with her parents and sisters, live in the travel trailer they pull along from town to town, being homeschooled and teaching the country about God.

When the family arrives in Binder, Arkansas, Ollie expects the three days to be like every other revival time. Passing out flyers,
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Jackie
Dec 22, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it
I'm a little conflicted by this book. I had read a review, and promptly put it on my list of requests at the library. I particularly like to read things by local authors - and I'm glad this one made it into hardback.

And I really did like the book. Some things just didn't feel quite right to me. Even though the book was essentially a mystery, and a story about loving others and doing what is right, some of the characters were just a little too perfect for me. Susanna and the Reverend weren't quit
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Meagan
Oct 02, 2011 Meagan rated it it was amazing
This book is so atmospheric and drenched in humanity. It is a story about a travelling preacher's daughter bent on helping a boy whose mother is jailed for a murder (his father)....but it is so much more than just a murder mystery. Yes, there is an element of faith in the book because it is a preacher's family but it is not at all about that and I found those references "Ollie wondered what God might think when he looked down on the shack Jimmy Koppel called home" are more about the southern cul ...more
Emily
Dec 14, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
What I like about this book is that the characters are well developed and Tess Hilmo creates a beautiful picuture of the Arkansas landscape. I had a clear picture in my mind of Ollie, her family and the town of Binder. With a Name like Love is a nice mystery, that has enough twists and turns to keep you reading. The open ending also makes you want to know more about Ollie and her family.

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Some people are broken. Its like their hearts get going in the wrong direction earl
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Cayenne
May 12, 2013 Cayenne rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I didn't want it to end. Hoping for a sequel.

This was a well-written, beautiful story about how doing the right thing takes courage, thought, and a lot of love. The 13-year-old protagonist is endearing, intelligent, and believable. I cared about her and her family. Even though Ollie is always trying to do the right thing, she still has a jealous younger sister and her own unhappiness with her family's unsettled way of life to face. When she finally makes a friend she finds tha
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Mark
Aug 14, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
Bittersweet and dripping with nostalgia, Tess Hilmo's masterful middle-grade debut, With A Name Like Love, delivers a difficult theme (domestic violence), a rich setting (1957 Arkansas) and one tight little mystery. I was blown away by Ollie's voice and reminded of the "grotesques" of Flannery O'Connor.
Karin
Dec 17, 2011 Karin rated it really liked it
Great book written by a member of my old (Utah) book club (nice work, Tess!) Story of Ollie Love and her family who travel around the south with their preacher father. Very well written. The characters are delightful and the story ends in a very satisfying way. A couple of parts were a little unrealistic, but I was okay with that. Good for 10 and up.
Amy Carr
Dec 03, 2011 Amy Carr rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful book! It was so creative and original, the characters were deep and well-developed, the writing was extremely well-done and the moral very powerful. I love finding gems of books like this!
Just Another Book-loving Baptist Girl
Okay, so this book did have a fair amount of swearing/taking God's name in vain, and talked a tiny bit about romance (mainly "blank and blank sitting in a tree", etc.), but I LOVED the storyline!!! :) Recommended for ages 12+. ;)
Josiah
May 13, 2012 Josiah rated it it was ok
"Be careful when you listen to people called they... They often tell lies."

—Reverend Love, With a Name Like Love, P. 15

"But some people are broken. They don't know anything other than hatred... It's like their heart gets going in the wrong direction early on in life, and they can never quite manage to bring it back around to love. It's a sad thing and we should have compassion for them. Think of the joy they are missing in life."

—Reverend Love, P. 208

With a Name Like Love is truly one of the
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“When Ollie's daddy, the Reverend Everlasting Love, pulls their travel trailer into Binder to lead a three-day revival, Ollie knows that this town will be like all the others they visit— it is exactly the kind of nothing Ollie has come to expect. But on their first day in town, Ollie meets Jimmy Koppel, whose mother is in jail for murdering his father. Jimmy insists that his mother is innocent, and Ollie believes him. Still, even if Ollie convinces her daddy to stay in town, how
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Emily Shamsabadi
Oct 11, 2016 Emily Shamsabadi rated it it was amazing
Yes, I finished this book in one day.
Tess is a fabulous author. She truly brings the characters to life through their quirks and personalities.
Not to mention, the language in which she writes creates beautiful imagery.
This is a book I will read to my children.
Paige
Jul 05, 2011 Paige rated it it was amazing
When Ollie’s daddy, the Reverend Everlasting Love, pulls their travel trailer into Binder to lead a three-day revival, Ollie knows that this town will be like all the others they visit— it is exactly the kind of nothing Ollie has come to expect.

From the first page of this book, I really felt like I was in Binder, Arkansas. "Fields of soft green barley laid themselves out across the earth in perfect rows--as if God had reached down and combed them just so." Hilmo's descriptive language is beauti
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Sarah BT
Mar 14, 2011 Sarah BT rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, if you want a heartfelt mystery with characters you want to reach into the book and hug, bad guys who are so mean they make you squirm, and a family you can't help but want to be part of, With a Name Like Love is your book. I loved this book!

The Love family is a family you won't soon forget. Each of the five Love daughters is a distinct character and each girl has her own voice, which is hard to pull off in a large cast. Even though Ollie is the main character and we get the stor
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Terri
Jul 14, 2012 Terri rated it really liked it
"With a Name Like Love," Tess Hilmo's debut novel, received strong editorial reviews and appears on many "best" lists for the past year. This work of historical fiction has middle school appeal and will satisfy those looking for Christian fiction. The mystery elements will draw in another set of readers as well.

Hilmo begins by establishing time (Summer, 1957) and place (Binder, Arkansas). Interestingly enough, this is my one beef about "With a Name Like Love." While Hilmo tells us that the story
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Terri
Jan 30, 2013 Terri rated it it was amazing
It is 1957, and Reverend Everlasting Love is the last in a long line of traveling preachers. He, his wife Susannah, and their five daughters travel the country in an old Chevy pickup and a travel trailer, leading tent services in towns along the way. Since congregations and offerings tend to shrink as time goes by, the Loves move on every three days. Thirteen-year-old Olivine, Ollie to her family, is tired of their nomadic existence and longs for roots: a real house, real school, and real friend ...more
Melanie
Mar 22, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Ollie Love and her 4 younger sisters are travelling missionaries for her father Everlasting Love who is a preacher. They travel from town to town, staying for a mere 3 days in each place to preach the gospel to those who haven’t heard. Ollie has gotten used to handing out flyers, setting up chairs, and singing hymns with her sister. Binder Arkansas brings much the same for Ollie until she meets a young boy named Jimmy. Everyone is telling her to stay away from him as his father murdered his moth ...more
Julie Rand
Dec 18, 2013 Julie Rand rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-book
Geared toward middle grade kids aged 10-12, this novel tells the story of a 13 year old girl named Ollie whose friendship with an outcast boy, Jimmy Koppel, leads her to help him solve the mystery of who killed his father. Ollie’s family, the Love family, are travelling preachers in the 1950s (1957 to be exact). They extend their three day religious revival in a small town in Arkansas in order to help Jimmy prove it was not his mother who murdered his father.

The book deals with Ollie’s relations
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Alissa
Feb 17, 2017 Alissa rated it it was amazing
This is a cute story about the family of a traveling preacher. They try to solve murder mystery in a small town. Good, quick read with a great ending.
Barbara
Nov 10, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla, bullies
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Wendy
Sep 07, 2011 Wendy rated it it was ok
A reluctant two stars because really, I've read less competently-written books this year. If this book had come out of a small Christian press I would have said "hey, this book is pretty good considering it came out of a small Christian press". But it did not. Now, considering that when I was a kid I thought Love Comes Softly was a good book, and didn't realize it was a tract (and badly written to boot), there's no reason to think that plenty of kids won't like this, whether they're evangelical ...more
Wendy
Nov 03, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Tess Hilmo
Tess Hilmo’s debut novel is a story about the power of love to heal and transform. When Olivene Love arrives in rural Binder, Arkansas with her parents and sisters, she expects their stay to be a typical three-day revival event lead by her preacher father. What she doesn’t realize is that she needs to do a bit of saving herself. On a trip into town, Ollie discovers how deeply prejudiced the people of Binder are toward Jimmy Koppel and his mother. It just so happens that Virginia Koppel is sittin ...more
Tanya
Feb 13, 2013 Tanya rated it it was amazing
WRITING STYLE: 5
PLOT: 4
PROTAGONIST: 5
CAPTURED MY INTEREST: 4.75
ESCAPE FACTOR: 4.75
OVERALL: 4.7

I'm having a very hard time rating this book. It was beautiful and powerful, emotional and stunning. I described it to a friend and it came across sounding like a murder mystery but it is so much more than that. The mystery was so far in the background that it didn't cross my mind that that was what some people reading the summary might think the story was about until after finishing the book. This is a
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Barbara Langford
Nov 25, 2012 Barbara Langford rated it it was amazing
This realistic fiction tale took me back to my sunny, summer days of Southeastern Idaho. Being set in the late '50s took me back to days of my childhood where things are golden and happy in my memory. My life was permanent and unchanging back then, so to read of a family that traveled for a living made me almost jealous for some reason. It created a juxtaposition between my early childhood and Ollie's childhood. I am a bit jealous actually reading of the constant change in their life. It took me ...more
Heidi-Marie
A sweet, tender story with a bit of a mystery that was a fast read. I really liked the Love family. They may have felt like they came right out of a "Little House" episode, but I was certainly all right with that! I liked the natural friendship between Ollie and Jimmy. I was very happy that the Loves made friends with Mrs. Mahoney. I was shocked at how awful Mrs. Carter was. I liked seeing Ollie try to help Jimmy, and how her family (and eventually the town) took a stand.

The writing was nice and
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Sydney
Dec 20, 2016 Sydney rated it it was amazing
First you meet the Love family, Everlasting Love (Ollie's father) is a preacher and the family goes around preaching all over the country. The family stops at Binder, AR. Where the oldest Love Daughter meets Jimmy Koppel who's mother is in jail for confessing the murder of her husband. But Ollie, Her family, and Jimmy know that she is innocent. The Love family extened their stay to Prove a woman innocent . Even if most of the town thinks negitive of the Koppel family.

The theme of this book is n
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“But some people are broken. They don't know anything other than hatred... It's like their heart gets going in the wrong direction early on in life, and they can never quite manage to bring it back around to love. It's a sad thing and we should have compassion for them. Think of the joy they are missing in life.” 10 likes
“Sometimes we have to meet people where they are, Ollie. Honor their desires, regardless of out own.” 3 likes
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