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Billy Goat Hill

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
1958. Eisenhower is in the White House, Elvis is in the army, and eight-year-old Wade Parker is thrilled that Duke Snider and the Dodgers have moved west from Brooklyn. Yet all is not well in the Parker household. On the darkest day of his young life, Wade plunges into the midst of an unimaginable crisis. Worse yet, his younger brother witnessed what happened, and he can’t ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 11th 2005 by Multnomah Books
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Lori Rudd
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I couldn't finish it.
Joseph Young
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have a little bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. At times I was enthralled by the story of these two brothers, their adventures, their relationship, their fears and their triumphs. I thought the writing was excellent...well most of it anyway.

I'm not sure if this counts as a spoiler or not, but at the end of the book (after the conclusion of the story) the author affirms what I had already guessed, which was that much of the story and events described in the book were reminiscent
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Ann
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn’t finish this book.
Chrissy
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Almost halfway through now and really enjoying it. I am really loving Cavendish!! It is such great characterization and the relationship between the boys is very realistic.

Finished the book and must say it was a good one with memorable characters. I was however disappointed in the ending. Felt anti-climatic:(

Two young brothers, Wade and Luke Parker, are being raised by their mother who works all the time and spends very little time with her boys. They are full of curiosity and love adventures,
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Bob Walenski
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story reminded me a bit of "Stand By Me", the Steven King story made into a classic film.
Wade and his Brother Luke are 8 and 6 at the start, but the novel encompasses several decades of their lives. there always seems to be something beneath the surface, partially hidden in the story, kind of like the way kids understand things. Everything is wonderfully divulged in the ending, and all of the mystery and doubt and fear is washed away.
The book is really a testament to forgiveness and faith.
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Heather
May 04, 2011 rated it liked it
1958. Eisenhower is in the White House, Elvis is in the army, and eight-year-old Wade Parker is thrilled that Duke Snider and the Dodgers have moved west from Brooklyn. Yet all is not well in the Parker household. On the darkest day of his young life, Wade plunges into the midst of an unimaginable crisis. Worse yet, his younger brother witnessed what happened, and he can’t keep a secret for a truckload of Abba-Zabbas. With an abundance of brotherly love and the unseen grace of God, the brothers ...more
Cody Swinford
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Got this book out of our church library. Up until midway through the book it was like pulling teeth to get through it then he started growing up and it picked up the pace almost too much. In the end, it was a great book all about forgiveness. I personally could relate to the boy's childhood life. It did have some surprises at the very end. I believe the author may have been a little too detailed at the start of the book which is what made it seem like forever to get through. Overall, the message ...more
Michelle
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This wasn't the book I expected, yet it held my interest through the last page. I thought this would be and easy read of gentle fiction about the boyhood memories of brothers. Boy, was I mistaken! I soon found myself embroiled in a murder mystery with central characters who are schoolboys. The most interesting elements of this story are reminiscent of the best of Stephen King - Stand By Me, or The Green Mile, for instance. The murder mystery was too transparent for my taste, but the emotional in ...more
Amy
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
I really, really wanted to like this book. I really did. But I didn't.
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