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A Month of Sundays

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  53 reviews
When Garnet's mother decides it's time for a change, she drops off her daughter at her aunt June's house in Black Rock, Virginia, while she goes to Florida to find a job. Garnet has never met her Aunt June, so she feels angry and abandoned. But Aunt June thinks Garnet is there for a reason. Each week, Garnet and June visit a different religious service as Aunt June, who ha ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure if the dramatic ending was necessarily needed. There was already a lot of heart and content without "that." I won't spoil the ending for anyone.
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-school
What a lovely surprise this book is! Ruth White captures the essence of first love, family, loss, religion, and the possibilities of hope in this short but engaging story set in 1950's Virginia
Georgia Protan
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
April Garnet Rose is a 14 year old girl who is sent to live with her Aunt June, Uncle Otis and cousins Avery and Emory, in Virginia (set in the 1950's) while her mother looks for a job in Florida. They are actually relatives of her father's, who left her mother while she was still pregnant with Garnet. Never having met them before and feeling abandoned, Garnet is very upset at the situation. Eventually, however, Garnet learns about the value of family while living with them. She also makes frien ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Short and sweet.

The best way to sum up this book would be with: "I don't think we get any easy answers in this life. All we get is questions" (pg.167).

April (or Garnet) was a well written character, with thoughts that are understandable (logical) and relatable, and with a personality that I favor. This was a sweet story, a quick read, and one that teaches you a bit about life's many mysteries.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Garnet gets dropped off with relatives when her mom goes off to Florida with a friend to look for work. Garnet, who isn't all that happy about the situation, learns about the importance of family and makes new friends.

I did enjoy this quick read, although the ending was a bit of a letdown for me.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Questions. As I see it, that is what this book is really all about. It's not about the author having the answers that we seek to life, able to treat the story's every situation with an uncanny insight that reveals to us parts of ourselves we had never fully recognized. No, Ruth White is just as much a questioner as you or I, and the intent of this book is not to provide concrete answers. Just as the characters are prompted to do by the circumstances of their own lives, the story pushes us to ke ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a cute story and interesting for middle schoolers.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awesome, but sad at some parts.
April Garnet Rose is angry at her mother for packing her off to her Aunt June's home in Virginia while her mother finds work in Florida. She finds, though, that life with Aunt June (her estranged father's sister), Uncle Otis, and cousins Avery and Emory isn't bad at all, especially when she meets Silver Shepherd, a local preacher's son.

I really liked most of this book--it's a simple story set in about 1956. The author could have included more historical elements to make the time period clearer f
Becky Propp
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a quick and enjoyable book. It tells the story of a teenage girl, April Garnet Rose, who spends a month with some relatives that she has never met while her mom looks for a job in Florida. The aunt that she is staying with, Aunt June, has been visiting a new church every Sunday in an attempt to find God. April Garnet goes with her every Sunday to the different churches. During this time, April Garnet also meets a boy, Silver, who she begins to date. April Garnet finds out that Aunt June ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
April Garnet Rose is fourteen, lives with her mother and doesn't know her father. Suddenly her mother wants to move to Florida, but tells her that she will have to stay with her aunt June, who is Garnet's (her mom insists she is called that instead of April) father's sister until her mother has the money to send for her.

Garnet isn't happy about this, having to stay with people she doesn't know. But it seems she has no choice. And at first she is really mad, until she gets to know her aunt, uncle
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I loved Belle Prater's Boy and keep reading books by White hoping that magic happens again. Perhaps unfair pressure for the author, but there it is.

This was a sweet story, but not particularly - well, it wasn't bad or unreadable. It just missed so many opportunities to be amazing. April Garnet - called Garnet at the insistence of her mother - is dropped off at her heretofore unknown aunt June's house so her mother can find work in Florida. June is her father August's sister, and he abandoned Ga
Linda Lipko
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Delightful and insightful. When April Garnet is dumped at the home of her aunt -- a person she never met, she is down right angry at her mother. Feeling abandoned, she refused to take calls or respond to letters written to her by her mother.

As her mother searches for work in Florida, April Garnet lives in Black River, Virginia. Soon, April learns to find security in the warm family atmosphere and for the first time in her life she feels as though she belongs.

Attending various church services wit
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
In my mental exhaustion, I've been reading some of Leah's's another one that I liked. It's the late 50s and April Garnet Rose is left with her father's family, whom she does not know, in Appalachia while her mother looks for work in Florida. Her aunt is looking for God and takes April to a different church each Sunday (think revival tents and snake handlers). I liked the characters of April and her new family--I wished I was there with them, watching game shows on TV and eating Hers ...more
Penny Peck
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-ya
Set in the mid-1950's, a young teen girl goes to live with relatives she has never met while her mother resettles in Florida and looks for work. The relatively brief novel doesn't have a lot of popular culture references to the '50's but it is clear this is of another time - there is a nice innocence to the story. Garnet is embraced by her new family - especially her Aunt (sister to Garnet's father), and although older readers will predict that Garnet's father will show up, the story is not pred ...more
Garnet has never known any family but her mother. But now her mother has left Kentucky with a friend to find work in Daytona, and she has left Garnet with her father’s sister and family in Virginia. Garnet’s anger at being abandoned with strangers disappears and is replaced by the first sense of comfort and real family only to have that peace threatened by a family illness and the letter from her mother saying she would be sending the money to join her in Florida. Everything she has known her wh ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
The year is 1957. The place is Black River, VA. Her mother leaves fourteen year old April Garnet Rose with her father's relatives while she goes to Florida to find work. Garnet joins her aunt June Bill on her search for God. They attend a different church every Sunday and experience many unusual things. On her Aunt June's search for God, Garnet begins to discover herself. An unforgettable summer turns into a life changing experience.

What I thought: I really liked this book. The regional flavor i
Carro Herdegen
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language - G, Sexual Content - G; Violence - G
Garnet is moving to Florida. Well, technically, she's staying with family members she's never met while her mom goes to find a house and job in Florida before sending for Garnet. So while Garnet's mom is gone, Garnet has the time of her life with new family and friends. Now Garnet has a big problem: she doesn't want to leave.
While a short book, White was able to squeeze a lot of great stuff into this book. There are conflicts and triumphs and discove
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet read-aloud, though I have to admit to not reading the last four or five pages out loud. It wasn't because they weren't appropriate (not very many books aimed at youngsters can be inappropriate for a seven-month old!) It was because I got caught up in the emotion of the end of the story. By the time I noticed I'd stopped reading out loud, I only had a paragraph to go. Very bitter-sweet book, consistently told the entire way through. Definitely recommended, but beware of reading t ...more
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
OK Ruth White is one of my favorite children's authors. I think she does a grand job of writing tender and moving stories with unforgettable characters. This book was no exception. She hooked me right away with April Garnet's story and I devoured this book in hours. Unfortunately, the ending left me feeling dissatisfied and wanting more. I wish she would have fleshed out the plot a bit more at the end. I won't spoil the ending for you but it is a real shocker. Totally unexpected end to the story ...more
Kat Goldin
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is sad and religious. It is not a preachy book or a mournful book. This fiction story details life as it would be in a country setting for a teen girl, Garnet who is abandoned by her mother in the back woods of Virginia. This is a book that supports family, relationships and self-discovery. There is deep meaning in this thematic book and many educational literacy elements like tone, voice and characterization can be taught with in this novel. I did enjoy the lightheartedness of Aunt Ju ...more
Mary Sanchez
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
April Garnet, named for a month like her absentee father, August, is left with her father's sister whom Garnet has never met. This is a new life in 1956 for Garnet with a telephone, television, and a nice home to live. Aunt June welcomes Garnet to the family but Aunt June has terminal cancer and takes Garnet with her to a new church each Sunday searching for a cure. At one of the churches, Garnet meets a minister's son, Silver, who becomes Garnet's first boyfriend. In a short month, Garnet learn ...more
Brandy Painter
May 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
I like Ruth White's writing style, but this book was way over the top: child abandoned by dad before birth, left by mom with relatives she's never met, aunt has cancer, religious exploration, dad returns to reveal he never knew he had a daughter, mother returns for awkward reunion with dad and daughter, first love has to move unexpectedly, then (view spoiler) I KID YOU NOT. Really the rest of it could have been forgiven if not for that last one. All i ...more
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was really excited for this book, because I thought it was going to be an interesting look at religion. While I still think it had its merits, there were definitely aspects that took away from the book for me. I found the time difficult to place, because the book discusses people celebrating the country's centennial while also talking about TVs. I think perhaps they meant bicentenial? I'm not sure. I also thought the ending was just...bad.
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is actually a four star book--great characters, and it certainly held my interest (which is saying something for a youth book). It lost a star due to something that took place near the end of the story. What can I say? It's high expectations, but I like happy endings. The very realistic "something" that happened dulled a bit of the happily ever after for me. Still, it's a great little book.
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Liking Ruth White's previous Little Audrey I wanted to check this one out. I found so much to like in this book. The ending was a surprise, but I after that shock I found myself liking its abruptness. I could dwell on Aunt June's religious healing or Garnet not knowing more about her parents, but that takes away from the overall experience of the story: a short, sweet visit to mid-20th century Appalachia with a charming 14 year old girl narrator.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love in Appalachia

This story sweep me up and took me on a journey that I was not expecting. This is a beautiful coming of age story that touches on life, family, faith and what is really the most important moments in life. I highly recommend you read this book. Also the fact that it is set in the Appalachian region and I knew many of the place that were discussed in the book.
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
A family story set in the 1950's in Virginia. April Garnet Rose is left by her mother with Aunt June and her family, while she goes to Florida to look for work. April has never known her father, August Rose, who Aunt June calls the Happy Wanderer. April meets Silver Shepherd during one of her weekly visits to local churches with Aunt June and falls in love. I'll recommend this one to 5th grade girls and up, who are looking for a sweet young romance.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
I stayed up late, sacrificing my then precious little sleep to finish this book. In the end, I ended up throwing the book to the ground in disgust the moment the person died. Later I checked to make sure he hadn't survived, and when I found he hadn't, I vowed to hate the book and the stupid ending with the character learning the unrealistic lesson.
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This is a beautiful coming of age story that touches on life, family, faith and what is really the most important moments in life.
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