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Letters to Missy Violet

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  22 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A heartwarming coming-of-age story set in the rural South. With her friend Missy Violet away in Florida, Viney has big shoes to fill. While there are ailing neighbors to comfort, Viney’s favorite teacher has left school—and Viney’s irrepressible cousin Charles continues his mischief-making. Through short, powerful vignettes and letters between Missy Violet, Viney, and othe ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Yoo Kyung Sung
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
African-American cultures and their historical reflection are well illustrated through different voices in correspondences around Missy Violet who is far away in Florida for taking care of his sick brother. The protagonist Viney's letters to Missy Violet and other letters between Missy Violet and Viney's community people show different layers of African-American cultures in history and many of them shares strong universality to contemporary life. For instance how Christianity influence their dis ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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From January 2012 SLJ:
Gr 4-6In this continuation of Missy Violet & Me (Houghton Harcourt, 2004), Hathaway again brings the African-American Windbush family and the rural South of 1929 to life through episodic chapters. Missy Violet, the midwife who enlisted 11-year-old Viney Windbush as her assistant in the healing arts, has been called to Florida to care for her sick brother. In her absence, Viney navigates the tricky waters of adolescence on her own, but finds it helpful along the way to
In a series of letters to her mentor, Missy Violet, who has taught her about being a midwife and how to use herbs to heal, eleven-year-old Viney stay in touch with the older woman while she's taking care of her brother in Florida. She relates the comings and goings in the rural community where she lives and describes the drama that swirls around her sister's first love and the unexpected love that comes late in life for one lonely neighbor. There are many amusing passages concerning the course o ...more
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Letters of Missy Violet is the sequel to Missy Violet and Me. The book follows the day to day life of Viney an African American girl living in the rural south. Viney spent her summer working with Missy Violet who "catches babies"and makes herbal medicines for the members of the community. Missy Violet is away and Viney keeps in touch with letters about her life from the things that happen at school to a meeting with the KKK while walking home.

This is a nice children's book that puts the reader i
Sunnyvale Librarian
Eleven-year-old Viney is learning about midwifery, or "baby catching" from Missy Violet. While Missy Violet is away taking care of her sick brother, Viney and one or two others write to her about school, church and town news: Viney and her cousin Charles have a run-in with the Ku Klux Klan; she checks in on some of Missy Violet's patients; there's a surprise wedding; someone tampers with a dead body before a funeral; Viney's papa and others in the community talk about going "up North" to look fo ...more
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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This was an impressive piece of j lit, written in an interesting style. Most of the story is relayed in short letters from young Viney, to her older friend Missy Violet who is away in Florida tending to her ailing brother. I was really surprised by how much of life could be viewed just in the short letters between these two (and others), and was really intrigued by the style the story was written in. A short one-hour read, but I'm still glad I checked it out.
Alma  Ramos-McDermott
Eleven-year-old Viney misses her friend Missy Violet. Missy Violet is the midwife in her small Southern town, and has gone to Florida to care for her brother. While she’s gone, Viney entertains her with letters telling of the happenings in her life during the summer and winter of 1929.

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Missy Violet leaves town to take care of her ailing sister, so Viney uses all of the knowledge she has learned from the medicine woman to help those around her. This novel provides an insight into rural southern living, complete with annoying younger siblings, impossible teachers and parents, and unlikely friendships.
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Really nice follow up to Missy Violet and Me. 157 pages. Quick, easy read.
Missy Violet has to leave town to take care of her brother. In her absence Viney and Missy Violet correspond through letters about daily life, helping others and using Viney's new talents at midwife-ing.
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book! It was realistic, to the point, didn't waste time repeating things! That's what I like :)
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