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Every Day After

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It's been two months since Lizzie's daddy disappeared due to the awful Depression. Lizzie's praying he'll return to Bittersweet, Alabama, for her birthday. It won't feel special without him, what with Lizzie's Mama being so sad she won't even talk and the bank nipping at their heels for a mortgage payment.

Daddy expected her to be the best at any cost. But Lizzie claims "th
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Published June 11th 2013 by Delacorte Press
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Well, I think I just read my favorite contender for the 2014 Newbery so far! Lizzie is a girl who has been fighting all her life to be a winner. Her father has pushed her in school because she has brains, and she has been used to beating everyone. Ben, her best friend, has been by her side for as long as she remembers, but lately, he seems to be pulling away. Recently, her father has disappeared - it's the Depression, and he has set off to find work. When will he come back? Lizzie believes with ...more
Kit Grindstaff
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Trouble has rained down on Lizzie Hawkins. Her daddy has deserted the family, her mama is silent with sadness, and the bank is after their house…”

(From the Goodreads blurb).

From the blurb’s first sentence, I was hooked. I don’t know whether the author wrote it herself, but I suspect so, since the voice inside the pages—written in first person from Lizzie’s point of view—is just as strong, if not stronger. It was in my head from page one, and never let go throughout this Depression-era story set
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I loved, loved, loved Every Day After by Laura Golden. I love it not because the characters are oh-so-perfect. I love it because the characters are oh-so-human. Our heroine, Lizzie Hawkins, is flawed but lovable. Every Day After is her coming-of-age story, and it's a great one.

Every Day After is set in the early 1930s. Lizzie's father recently abandoned his family because he knew that they were about to lose their house. In addition, her mother has not been the same since he left. She has checke
I made strong connections to this story of a young girl trying her best to solve big problems during the tough times of the Great Depression. Laura Golden tells the poignant story of eleven year old Lizzie Hawkins whose father has deserted the family after being laid off at a local mill and whose mother has gone silent from that terrible loss. I know that many of us are fortunate enough that we might never endure the poverty that so many faced at that time, although some in the US, and all over ...more
Clara P
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Cheri Puetz
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this depression era story! For a debut novel, the author hit a home run in my opinion! The characterization was phenomenal! You truly cannot read this book without hating the antagonist, yet wanting desperately to find something redeeming in them to like. You will certainly find yourself feeling the desperation of Lizzie, the main character, as she struggles and fights for herself and her family. I loved that the author made me root for Lizzie so strongly - despite her own cha ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because the fighting between Lizzie and Erin really wore on me, especially when they did it right in front of adults. I know the author wanted to paint Erin in a bad light, but I can't believe she didn't have one ounce of good in her. Just seemed a bit much as times. But, otherwise great book!
Started off slow but I'm so glad I stuck with it. I loved that the end didn't tie up all loose ends but left the readers feeling satisfied. I could see this one being a surprise Newbery winner. Golden's writing puts me in mind of Jenni Holm.
Deb Stern
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Sweet book. Reminds me of Little House on the Prairie books crossed with To Kill a Mockingbird.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ever since the Great Depression hit Bittersweet, Alabama hard, Lizzie Hawkins has seen nothing but rain. All 1931 and into 1932 there's nothing but rain in her life. First, Daddy left and then Mama stopped talking. Then there's a mean girl, Erin, in school trying to take Lizzie down and the bank wants their mortgage payment. Her best friend Ben is slipping away and turning towards Erin. How much rain can a girl take? Every day after Daddy leaves Lizzie tries to remain proud and strong just as he ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Since the beginning of 1931, all it’d done was pour rain in my life.”

Lizzie's best friend's dad dies, her own dad loses his job and then takes off and her mother goes into a depression. To top it off, the new girl in school, Erin, has focused her anger on Lizzie and her relentless quest to have the top grades in the school. Lizzie can't understand how Ben (her best friend) can be nice to Erin or even tolerate her antics. “It was times like these I’d have traded Ben for a girl in a blink. Girls
Becky Keir Grace
Lizzie is a fighter, and she has to be growing up during the depression without her father around and taking care of her heartbroken mother. Her father always expected Lizzie to be the best, which led her to working hard for her grades, putting her at the top of her class. Her best friend, Ben is always by her side until new girl Erin starts to break everything apart.

Erin moves to town and is determined to take everything away from Lizzie. Lizzie, being a headstrong and determined young lady, pu
Kathleen Pacious
Every Day After tells the impressive story of 12-year-old Lizzie Hawkins growing up in Depression-era Alabama. Her father left in search of work, and her mother is practically catatonic with grief, spending each day in her rocking chair without saying a word. Lizzie doesn’t know how she’ll stay in first place at school, get all the chores done, and care for Mama. Things get even more complicated when her school rival, Erin Sawyers, threatens to tell the town doctor about Lizzie’s mama, which wil ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Lizzie's father has left the family because it is the height of the Great Depression, and he doesn't feel that anything he does helps. This is apparently not the case, since in the wake of his departure, Lizzie's mother has become completely catatonic. It is up to Lizzie to scrape together meals, keep the house clean, and not let anyone know how bad her mother is lest she be taken to the orphanage. Other people have it bad as well-- her friend Ben's father has died, and he has dropped out of sch ...more
Life is challenging for, soon-to-be-twelve, Lizzie and her mother. With her father having left and her mother in a several state of depression, Lizzie is left to keep things together. But trying to find money to pay the mortgage as well as doing the cooking and laundry plus trying to find time for schoolwork and her friend, Ben, is stressing Lizzie out. And a girl at school is determined to prevent Lizzie from not only taking top honors at school, but from finding a way to keep her home life tog ...more
Lisa Nocita
During the height of the depression, 12 year old Lizzie's world is quickly unraveling. Her father, out of a job, takes off, her mom spirals into a deep, unshakeable depression, her best friend Ben is drifting away and takes an unexpected interest in her arch nemesis, her arch nemesis is ramping up her campaign to completely run Lizzie out of town, and the bills and chores are piling up. Sure that her father will return any day, Lizzie does her best to follow his tenets to make him proud of her f ...more
Carol Royce Owen
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's a fact of life, that many kids in schools now are from a broken family. It's also a fact, that many of them hope their missing parent would return and life would return to normal. In this book, the missing parent is a father, and Lizzie doesn't know if he's ever planning to return. All she can do is hope and continue staying at the top of the class in school and at home so he is never displeased with her. When he left, though, Lizzie's mom was normal. But since his departure she has shrivel ...more
Every Day After was such a great read! Laura Golden is so talented and I can't wait for more of her books! This book is set during the Great Depression. I love historical fiction, so I really enjoyed the history behind the novel. Lizzie Hawkins and her mother are abandoned by Lizzie's father after he loses his job. Lizzie and her mom are basically left with hardly any income coming into the household. Her mother disconnects and it seems like Lizzie is left to pick up the pieces and save the fami ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lizzie Hawkins' life is going way downhill. Her daddy left her, her mama won't do anything other than sit and stare, the bank is nagging for the mortgage on the house, and the pressure of having the best grades in school is killing her. Then, a spoiled brat named Erin comes in and tries her very hardest to make Lizzie go to the orphanage and her mother to a mental asylum. On top of that, Erin tries to snag Lizzie's best friend Ben. How is Lizzie supposed to handle all this stress?
I liked this b
Michele Knott
Great historical fiction novel about the Depression-era.
Lizzie is trying so hard to hold everything together. Her father has left her mother and her and she doesn't know if he'll return. Her mama has retreated into herself in a state of depression. It's up to Lizzie to take care of her mom, make enough money to keep their home and and do the housework and cooking and continue to make good grades at school. Trying to do all that would be enough problems for a book. However, add more to that. Her
Mary Louise Sanchez
Twelve-year-old Lizzy Hawkins must come to grips with the Great Depression when it affects her personally. Her proud father has left the family and now Lizzy's mother is affected by a deep personal depression so much that Lizzy is now taking care of her mother and the household duties not to mention trying not to let the new girl, Erin, best her in academics. Lizzy's life is a day-to-day struggle especially when the bank threatens to foreclose on their house and Lizzy must keep the local doctor ...more
By the end of this book, I loved it! Lizzie has so much going against her, and by the end of the book she has figured things out and is in a good place, not a "everything is perfect" place, but a good one. This is a story that exemplifies the meaning of "resilience."

That having been said, it took me almost half the book to like Lizzie. At the beginning she is whiny, depressing, and sometimes even mean. Her circumstances lead her to this behavior, so it is understandable, but often annoying to re
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The debut novel from Laura Golden introduces us to Lizzie, a twelve year old in the Great Depression. She is tough and determined, two traits that will serve her well as she struggles to keep her world afloat with an absent father, a severely depressed mother, and a meddling school bully out to bring her down. Golden has created an enduring character that you will be rooting for from the beginning. I especially enjoyed the author's development of Lizzie's prideful struggles to do it all by herse ...more
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Lizzie Hawkins has learned from her father to be tough. But when he loses his job and leaves the family, Lizzie is left alone to deal with a mother who is too depressed to function and a best friend who seems to be pulling away from her when she needs him most. In order to survive, Lizzie has to learn a lot about herself and what kind of person she really wants to be. This book is set in Bittersweet, Alabama during the Depression, but readers will be able to identify with all of Lizzie's inner s ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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I had a hard time truly getting into this story until the very end. I wish I would have read the author's note first in order to really be able to immerse myself in Lizzie's story of trying to survive the Great Depression with physically and mentally absent parents. I kept questioning how Lizzie's nemesis Erin could be so hurtful and mean until her background was included in the story. I wish there would have been more closure on that aspect. This has potential to start some interesting discussi ...more
Sandy Brehl
This is certainly a 4-star for any reader. As a fan of historical fiction and with a mom who grew up in the south during the Depression, the fifth star was a must for me.
This story offers intense explorations of friendship, loss, fear, bullying, poverty, and self-discovery. That may sound like a hodgepodge, but each aspect is essential and organic to the characters and the story. Redefining what makes us who we are, what makes us truly strong, is a process that transcends any setting of time, pl
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Jun 20, 2013 added it
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When her father abandons his family after losing his job during the Great Depresson, 11-year-old Lizzie Hawkins struggles to tend to her now-catatonic mother and keep the bank from taking her home. Lizzie works hard to keep her problems from her meddling neighbors for fear her mother will be sent to a mental hospital and she to an orphanage. With the help of her best friend Ben and her own hope and determination, Lizzie finds a way to hold on to what is dear to her while finding out just how str ...more
Janet Frost
This book was one of the last 2014 Newbery contenders I needed to read. It was a story of a young girl coping with the harsh reality of the Depression in a small struggling town in Alabama. The story was pretty predictable with likeable enough characters. Probaby the most original part was that the main character's father has abandoned them as the going gets really tough. She must grow past believing her father is a hero and accept the weak man that he proved himself to be. In a really competiti ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's 1932 - the height of the Depression - in Alabama. Lizzie's dad has disappeared and Lizzie's mom is in a severe depression. Lizzie is 12 and she's trying to keep everyone from finding about her mom because she's afraid her mom will be sent to a mental institution and Lizzie will be sent to foster care. So she's doing all the chores, doing her mom's sewing jobs but her schoolwork is being neglected. Lizzie's always been told to never ask for help... but is she over her head?
Miss Amanda
gr 5-7 209pgs

1932, Alabama. 11 year old Lizzie is worried. Since her father left, her mother have become severely depressed. She's afraid that if anyone finds out, they'll send her mother to "the nut house" and her to an orphanage and Lizzie isn't going to let that happen. Her best friend Ben is the only one who knows her secret. But now Ben has a new friend Erin and Erin hates Lizzie. Is Lizzie's secret still safe?

Great story, I especially liked the ending.
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Laura Golden was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She never dreamed she'd one day become an author, but there is no doubt that she has always been a reader. According to her mother, she taught herself to read at an early age by poring over the words on cereal boxes at breakfast.

Her fondest memories of childhood reading include listening to Disney Read-Along cassette tapes for hours at a time and disc
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