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Thank You for All Things

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The author of the critically acclaimed Carry Me Home and The Book of Bright Ideas pens a bittersweet first-person narrative that illustrates when it comes to matters of family and love, often it is the innocent who force others to confront their darkest secrets.
Paperback, Large Print, 603 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Large Print Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Kathryn Magendie
Sandra Kring’s third novel, “Thank You For All Things,” holds within its pages themes and voices I love to read about: family, sacrifice, love, surprise, forgiveness, home, belonging, and relationships—particularly between mothers and daughters and fathers and daughters. Kring’s newest novel also has themes that are painful: family violence, human death and death of a dream, and betrayal. Kring doesn’t whitewash the secret dark side of family; however, she doesn’t grab readers by the throat with ...more
Amy
Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this author. Each of her books is told from the vantage point of a child who is real and wise and innocent and suffering because of choices those who love her have made. Lucy is the main character in this one and the thing I love about her the most is that she isn't afraid to feel deeply both the high's and low's of life.
Mich
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i LOVE sandra kring. i LOVE this book. oh my... what a great read! i tho't her other books were good, well this one does NOT disappoint! go get it RIGHT NOW and read it! i love lucy. if nothing else it teaches you a lesson, you might want to know something in the worst way and then when you find it out.. well you just might wonder why.
oh a great read
(kindle'd- for 4.99)
Janene
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Janene by: Kelly Keefe
The only negative I can say....is that I didn't read this book sooner.

My friend brought me her copy. I took it home and it got lost in the shuffle. In fact, months later, she asked if I'd read it and I said I did't have it. lol Whilst cleaning out dust bunnies under my bed...I found it. From there, it sat on my nighstand for a few months. I just had a feeling it was going to be sappy and light.

I was wrong.

Sandra Kring is a writer! She writes in a way that captures you immediately and refuses t
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Kristi Larson
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, even though I'd read it years before. The people in the book are explored in such a way that you come to love and understand them all. I would recommend all books by this author. I've read them all!
Mary
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A fun and heartwarming novel. Precocious 11-year-old Lucy wants to know the truth about her father and her mother's fears and anger. Lucy gets a chance to learn what's behind her mother's secrets when her family leaves Chicago for rural Wisconsin because her mother is called to help care for the grandfather Lucy never met. Family secrets are uncovered and Lucy learns some hard truths. Love, empathy, forgiveness are all themes in this very entertaining novel.
Sharon Huether
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, family
Family dynamics are the main theme of this book. A young mother with twins and no husband. Her father dying i another town. Her mother helping care for the husband.
The children had so many questions about their missing father. Lucy is the most inquisitive, asking the towns folks what they knew . She finally got her answers, not happy ones. Lucy was able to get to know her grandfather in the short time they had together. She also relaid his messages to the whole family
Francis
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Janel
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WHEW! This book sure has a lot to say about life, death, psychology, human nature, family dynamics....all kinds of deep junk for the mind to ponder. Being told in the first person by 11 year old Lucy, gives the book an innocence and fresh perspective. The author was brilliant in how she used techniques to let us into the intimate thoughts of the adult characters through journal entries, and overheard snips of conversations. It was also a good decision by the author to make her young characters o ...more
Lady L
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself LOL throughout the book right down to the last few chapters and pages of the book. From the minute I began to read I was hooked trying to figure out how the title related with the story line. As the story continued and as I continued to read, I soon forgot about figuring out the title and then focused my thoughts on figuring out the ultimate quest of the main character--Lucy who strived to find the answer to the ultimate question: "Whose my father?"

As Lucy searches to find out
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Shareen Wornson
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW - this book is going to make you think about life and perspectives and family and history. It is going to make you believe that people will never change and then it is going to make you believe that people can change. It is going to restore your faith in true love and belonging. It is going to be completely worth your time, because Sandra Kring is an amazing author! And, young Lucy is the perfect person to carry this story to us. She is plenty book smart and also wise beyond her years and in ...more
Holli
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just can't get into it. I sorta kinds maybe like it...the characters seem interesting..but the dialogue is way too unreal for me and I can't get over it. I just keep reading these long paragraphs when they talk to each other and thinking "no one talks like that...too wordy...too descriptive...no one talks like they are a novel." Its just weird.

BUT, I may come back to this one again. it could be my mood. Any thoughts? Is it worth re-visiting?
Gina
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a sequel to Book of Bright Ideas, but apparently I was mistaken- I kept waiting for characters to appear that never did! Good story though- loved the little girl and her desperate search to figure out the identity of her father.
Kyra
Dec 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of an Oprah book - incredibly bright kids and depressed mother find love & redemption while watching over dying asshole grandpa. But the narrator was fresh & funny and I did stick with it. A bit too longwinded, and I don't think anyone names anyone Mitzi anymore - even in Wisconsin.
Lisa
May 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: duds
Never actually finished the book. I found it confusing first of all, but I didn't enjoy the characters. I found them to be annoying.
Gato
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third Sandra Kring book (I have also read the Book of Bright Ideas and Carry Me Home, both of which were spectacular) and although she is a wonderful writer, this one fell a bit short for me (I think I just had such high expectations based on her other works). The grandfather character is excellently written and developed and the Lucy character is as well, but the others seem kind of contrived - the hippy dippy grandmother with her burning sage, whole grain cereal and essential oils; ...more
Susan
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this for book club and really liked it. This is one messed up family! It kept me guessing until the end. I enjoyed the fact that it was told by an eleven year old girl, who happens to be the voice of reason in this family. I thought the book was well written and it kept me interested enough that I read it in three days.
Lois Reed
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal
It has been so long since I found a book written with depth and eloquence. My brain feels as if every emotion has been massaged back to life

Thank you Sandra Kring!
Judith Skehan
Too slow moving for me!
jimtown
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wisconsin, favorites
Thank You For All Things is only the second book I've read by Sandra Kring, but keep this name in mind, Kring. Sandra Kring has moved quickly to claim a place among my top favorite writers to read. She has several books out and they all sound good, I'll be looking for them.

In this story, we meet eleven year old Lucy McGowan and her twin brother Milo. They are exceptionally bright and gifted children, especially Milo, who plays only a small role in this story. Lucy plans to become a psychologist
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Diane
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Sandra Kring's first book: The Book of Bright Ideas last month. In fact, I loved it so much, I followed it up with her second book, Carry Me Home which I also enjoyed. Her third and most recent book, Thank You For All Things was also a hit with me.

This story has an eleven year old narrator who was great; her name is Lucy McGowan. Lucy and her brother Milo are twins. They are both gifted with genius level IQs, although brother Milo has Lucy beat by 30+ points. Milo is nerdy an
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Keely J. James
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A revealing look at a family ties through the eyes of an inquisitive child.

A revealing look at a family ties through the eyes of an inquisitive child.

Sandra Kring takes readers on a never-a-dull moment journey into the lives of a truly unique family. A series of unfortunate events result in two children, their single mother and grandmother moving into the house where their estranged grandfather and father is dying. We get acquainted with the McGowan family through the eyes of Lucy, the precociou
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Karen
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sandra Kring is gifted with an ability to create characters that remain in your psyche long after the story is read. Through them you are able to grasp concepts and understand behaviors of those damaged by a harmful past. Lucy, Milo and Tess are no exception to these rules.

Tess, mother of the genius children, Lucy and Milo, was deeply damaged by a father who refused to show affection, concern or consideration of his intelligent, independent daughter. Thus, Tess, discontinues contact with him unt
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Kelly
I am so glad that Tammy introduced me to Sandra Kring with The Book of Bright Ideas. I really like Kring's writing style, and I am impressed with her characterization, especially her first person voice of young children/preteens.

This book has a mystery to it (hence the murder mystery tag although there is no murder)with 12 year old Lucy trying to discover who her father is and what other secrets her mom hides. I love Lucy (who narrates the story)and her twin Milo who is gifted and their New Age
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Theresa
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy McGowan is 11 years old and her mother is taking her, her “profoundly gifted” twin brother Milo and her maternal Grandmother to Timber Falls, Wisconsin to care for Lucy’s dying grandfather. A man she has never met because her mother has been estranged from him since before Lucy and her brother were born.

Her mother, Tess, doesn’t want to go. But events are working against her not going. Their Chicago apartment is about to go through a major bug fumigation so they have to vacate it for a few
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Jasmine Benson
Book Title: Thank You For All Things
Author: Sandra Kring

I. Main Characters-short description

Lucy McGowan- Very intelligent, clever
Milo McGowan- Quite, intelligent
Lillian- Spiritual, smart

II. Setting and Time Period

Modern time
Timber Falls, Wisconsin

III. The Plot: A Timeline

Lucy's apartment catches on fire and so they end up going to her grandfather's home with her grandma. She learns a lot about her family and how her father is. Her mother gets mad at her for snooping but she doesn't stop.
she le
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Marvin
Aug 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: midwest, religion
A story that seems calculated to appeal to Oprah, pretty effectively rendered. The narrator is an 11-year-old girl, Lucy, who, at the beginning of the story, lives in Chicago with her single mother, who has trouble committing to long-term relationships, and her twin brother. Like her brother, she's a genius. Her IQ is not as stratospheric as his, but she has a photographic memory and prides herself in being more "sensate," that is, better at understanding and dealing with people than her largely ...more
Kathleen
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Lisa
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Wisconsin author who we were fortunate enough to have call in to our book club to discuss it with us.
Book was quirky, and good, author made the book even better. All of Kring's books have children as the main character, and they are usually wise beyond their years.
Interesting story, we tried to Skype with the author but had technical difficulties. We decided to just do speaker phone.
As we were signing off, after speaking to Sandra for about 30 minutes, one of the book club members inte
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Wendy
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this book. The author is a really good writer...it was an engrossing, quick read but I have to say I did not like the story at all. This book tells the story of a single mom, who lives with her new-agey mother and her pre-teen twins. The twins are homeschooled and sheltered from the world. They also know nothing of their birth father. When their apartment catches fire, the family travels to Wisconsin to help care for their terminally ill grandfather. There is bad blood between th ...more
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