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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,210 ratings  ·  250 reviews
A poignant middle grade debut about the friendship between a white girl and an elderly black woman in the 1960s South

Alice is angry at having to move to Rainbow, Georgia—a too small, too hot, dried-up place she’s sure will never feel like home. Then she gets put in charge of walking her elderly neighbor’s dog. But Clarence won’t budge without Miss Millie, so Alice and Mis
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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"Walking with Miss Millie" by Tamara Bundy is a sweet and moving middle grade novel. Even though I'm in my mid-30's, I enjoy reading this genre because the writing, plot, and characters are always tender, honest, and, heartfelt.

This novel takes place in the late 1960's in Rainbow, Georgia. A ten year-old girl, Alice moves to Rainbow with her mother and little brother (who is deaf). Alice's grandma is showing early signs of Alzheimer's Disease. Alice loves her grandma, b
Scott Fillner
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"We might all come from different directions, but hopefully we all end up at the same place on day." Just one of the many lines in this beautiful middle grade story which offers opportunity to pause reflect, connect, and discuss.

The story of a young girl named Alice who is forced to move to a place she doesn't want to be, finds that through hardship, loss and disappointment can come beauty, comfort, and hope.

She meets and befriends a woman named Millie, who teaches Alice lessons of life, and hel
Jan 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh, if only every young white girl could have a dying old black lady to teach her about racism!
Fans of Because if Winn Dixie will enjoy this sweet story.
Amanda Schreiber
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful historical fiction for middle grade readers! Such a great read! Kids will be transported back to 1968 & learn a little about history and a lot about life. Hopefully, some Miss Millie's wisdom will stay in their hearts; "But maybe the most important thing is for people to just be kind." Kids will definitely connect with Alice as she tries to navigate family & friendship woes after her move to Rainbow, Georgia.

Reminded me a lot of some of my favorite Kate DiCamillo stories. A little bit
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Received this arc from the publisher. Knew nothing about the book. Sometimes those are the best surprises. So enjoyed this story. Beautiful writing with a beautiful story line. Alice and Miss Millie's friendship will go down as one if the best I've ever read about! ...more
Cassie Thomas
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story of a young girl named Alice being forced to move to her Mama's hometown to take care of her Grandma. Alice, reluctant to leave Ohio, convinced herself she didn't need to make any friends, yet somewhere along the way she not only made friends, but family. This is a great story of finding yourself, finding friendship, and the importance of family. ...more
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Walking With Miss Millie is a Middle School novel about Alice, a ten-year-old girl who finds herself in a new town with her mom and brother as they uproot their lives and move south to help Alice's ailing grandmother in 1968 small town Georgia. Alice is angry and didn't want to make the move. She misses her absentee father and eagerly awaits the day that he'll finally show up and take them home. Alice finds herself initially forced to take daily walks with her elderly neighbour (and her curmudge ...more
Martha Hubbard
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alice's life is in a state of upheaval. She is uprooted from her home in Columbus, Ohio in order to move with her mother and brother to Rainbow, Georgia. Alice's father left the family six months prior to the move and Alice's grandmother in Rainbow is in need of caretaking. Hoping that this move is only temporary, ten-year-old Alice firmly refuses to let herself make friends or settle into her new life. That is until she met Miss Millie, her grandmother's elderly neighbor, and Miss Millie's dog, ...more
Audrey Laurey
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Ugh, though I think this book had good intentions their are too many issues (discrimination, racism, abandonment, disability, abuse, death, bullying, illness) and the descriptions of black culture and Miss Millie is stereotypical and offensive.

With every walk between the two being the catalyst to a painful memory, the multitude of issues being explored, and a lack of depth to the characters, the narrative comes off as didactic and forced. Additionally, the novel would benefit from the author fam
Christina Hanson
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I knew that in spite of the unkind things that happened to Miss Millie on the path of life she was walking, she somehow stayed as kind as can be." This was a wonderful historical fiction novel about unlikely friendships, the power of listening, and the effect of loss. I'm glad I added it to my Mock Newbery for the fall. Check it out when it's released tomorrow! ...more
Lynn Plourde
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. I want Alice and Miss Millie and Clarence for neighbors so I can go for walks with them. The characters are real, the voice is strong, the lessons are gentle. It's a quiet story and I mean that in the best way--one that sneaks into your heart and soul and makes you smile. ...more
Pam  Page
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Transported to Rainbow, Georgia with this story, I felt as if I lived there for the three days I read this book. Miss Millie shares her wisdom of many years with Alice (Alice-girl as she calls her), giving Alice the comfort and security she needs with her family's situation. There were laugh out loud moments, times I hurt for Alice, and tears of sadness that also brings hope. I loved Miss Millie with her patience, life experiences, and advice for Alice. I also loved Alice's mother who tried hard ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. More to come!
Clare Lund
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a joy to read… no other way to describe it. Sometimes friendships come from the most unexpected places, and life lessons are learned from those who seem to have nothing in common with us on the surface. HIGHLY recommend for ages 9 and up.
sophie b
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Totally wasn’t expecting it to be good, but ended up not being able to put it down!
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Such a lovely book of friendship between a young, white girl and an old, black lady. Miss Millie shares wise words to live by and think about.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
If like me, you immediately thought of Driving Mrs. Daisy upon seeing the title, you would not be too far off. Except in this case the story is about a white girl taking walks with her elderly African-American neighbor.
During the summer of 1968 ten-year-old Alice Ann moves with her mother and younger brother to Rainbow, Georgia to live with her grandmother who is beginning to show signs of dementia. Roped into taking nearly daily constitutionals with ninety-two-year-old Miss Millie (and dog, Cl
Tamara York
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely all the way through and I boo-hooed at the end. Set in 1968 Georgia, this is the story of a friendship between a 92 year old woman and the 10 year old protagonist. Racism and Jim Crow is touched on. The real heart of the story is friendship and navigating the tough stuff through the eyes of a little girl. Beautifully done. I would say that it’s best for ages 10 and up due to the Where the Red Fern Grows-level of emotional ending.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
A poignant middle grade debut about the friendship between a white girl and an elderly black woman in the 1960s South.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Alice-girl... The whole world is fulla mean people. But it's also fulla nice people, too. That's the important thing."

In this debut novel by Ohio author Tamara Bundy, eleven-year-old Alice goes to Georgia with her mom and younger brother Eddie to visit her Grandma. Her Grandma's house was located in the small town of Rainbow. For Alice, however, there was nothing colorful about the town. She missed her beloved city of Columbus and hoped that her Daddy would come soon to get them. Along the way,
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
this book was really fantastic. i devoured so much of it. it took me just a few hours to complete it. that's how good it was! ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
Writing a book that lets middle grade readers see what the South was like in the 1960s is always a tricky balance. How much do you include? What do you need to explain and what can just be shown through the story itself? Tamara Bundy strikes that balance in her story of Alice and Miss Millie. When Alice eavesdrops on a conversation of her grandmother's neighbor, her mom makes her go apologize and offer to do something to make up for the rudeness. That is the start of walking with Miss Millie as ...more
Jenny Leitsch
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved Alice's coming-of-age story and found many scenes compelling, but I couldn't help but feel that the racial elements of the story were underdeveloped and a bit cliche. In fact, I wondered multiple times if the racial discrimination elements of the plot were even necessary. There was a lot going on in this story: Alice's move and parents' broken relationship; Alice walking with Miss Millie; Alice's brother's deafness; Alice dealing with town bullies and making new friends; Alice collecting ...more
Kim McGee
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alice is angry. She doesn't want to move back to her mom's home in Georgia and she really doesn't want to be there without her dad. When her mom suggests that she help the elderly black lady next door she really has had it. Soon Alice begins to enjoy her walks with Miss Millie and even her cranky old dog Clarence. It doesn't help that Clarence won't walk without Miss Millie and that makes their walks take some time. Miss Millie is a voice of calm and reason in the world of turmoil that Alice fin ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc copy of Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy. I enjoyed this lovely story about a young girl, Alice struggling with the changes happening in her family. An unexpected friendship with her grandmother's neighbor teaches her life lessons. I had a neighbor growing up that I called my adopted grandmother. I cherish the wonderful memories of times shared with her and her family. As I was reading Tamara's book I remembered all the special times I spent with my neighbor. Walking wi ...more
Aliza Werner
Just a walk and talk with a neighbor can show us more about what's important between us, how we are more similar than different. Beautiful historical fiction very reminiscent of Because of Winn-Dixie, but its own story. ...more
Niki (Daydream Reader)
I loved this story of friendship! A new favorite book!
Millie Dearden
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book!!! You have got to read it!!!
Alexis Jackson
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is full of substance. A definite worthwhile read.
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