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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Livy Two is happy that Daddy is finally out of his coma, but the befuddled man who comes home is not the daddy the Weems family once knew. He forgets their names, he wanders off—he won’t even touch his beloved banjo. Set in Appalachia in 1963, this heartwarming, and heart-wrenching, follow-up to Gentle’s Holler is narrated by the irrepressible Livy Two, and traces the ups ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by Viking Juvenile
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Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have not read the first book in the series so that might have made it a little more of a challenge to keep track of all the characters. Once I got going though I thought it was a thoroughly enjoyable story of life in Maggie Valley. Since I have a friend with a home there (and I have visited) it was fun to imagine what the area was like in 1963.
Meredith Waggoner
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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What I liked about this book: When I was younger I read “Gentle’s Holler” and fell in love with the Weems family. I literally wanted to be one of their siblings because they seemed like a blast all the time. This book allowed me to revisit this family that I loved so much. As always, Madden’s voice through Livy Two is wonderful, precious and special. I want to see this world through her eyes.

What I didn’t like: I couldn’t really tell what the point of this story was. I didn’t think that the
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I happened across this book when I was in fourth grade. I absolutely loved it, but I couldn't remember the name of it after I turned it back into the library at my elementary school. My sister recently graduated from the same elementary school and I searched the library (much to the new librarian's disapproval) after the graduation ceremony. I was elated and I just had to read it again. I was never aware that there was a book that came before this, and I had no difficulty reading Louisiana's ...more
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Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Page turner.
Oct 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
All Livy Two really wants is for life to become "normal" again. Ever since her daddy got in that car accident all those months ago her life has been topsy-turvy. Mama is having difficulty getting ends to meet. Grandma Horace is always insisting that they leave their lovely mountain holler home in the North Carolina mountains to live somewhere industrial. But now it is 1963 and daddy is coming home at last! Surely everything will go back to normal now, right? Wrong. Having suffered severe head ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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It's been a long time since Tom Weems has been to the mountain holler they call home. A lot has changed since his accident. Grandma Horace has moved up from the city, but it seems like all she does is argue with everyone. With ten kids to feed and clothe, even Grandma Horace's money doesn't stretch very far. All of the kids who can are doing their best to contribute. Emmett's off with their great uncle working at the new amusement park. He sends
Natalie Baghdadlian
This book is part of Kerry Madden's sequal. It is mainly about the coming back of Weems family's father who had been in a serious accident a few months back. The children are all excited for their father's return. But later they realize he has major memory loss, is cranky most of the time, and confused. The family is also tight on money. The book is mainly about the struggles of the family and learning to adjust to their "new" father. I liked this book because the author explained everything in ...more
Kimberly Hirsh
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I'm afraid to say much about the plot of Louisiana's Song, the second book in the trilogy, because I don't want to spoil the ending of Gentle's Holler. The two books flow very naturally together, seamlessly telling one story. At the same time, a reader could easily pick up Louisiana's Song and jump right in without any confusion; the characters develop and shine in both books, and Madden manages to explain the background of the story without making it tedious for those who read the first book.
Patrick Miller
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great sequel that led me to read the thirs installment, Jessie's Mountain. I developed an online tourism guide for this series at the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative. The guid elincludes an axcerpt from this book, photos, and tourism links to the real settings, Maggie Valley in North Carolina. Kerry was very helpful in developing the guide. Check it out here: http://southeasternliterarytourismini...
Bill Prosser
Aug 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the first in the series, Gentle's Holler, but this one makes me want to go back and catch up with the Weems family. I really liked the mountain language and the author's ability to put the reader in the Smokey Mountains of the 1960s. After visiting her website, I found that Kerry Madden has a third in the series out with the older brother Emmet as the main character.
Christina Reeder
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this second book to Gentle's Holler. It was an enjoyable read. I love seeing how this family tries to stay together even through the hard times. How they all work together and this book shows the love of a family.
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this second book in the series and I'm looking forward to the third and last book. The characters are so loveable.
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
In this sequel to Gentle's Holler, the saga of the wonderful Weem's family continues.
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Every bit as good as the first book in the trilogy.
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Kerry Madden writes under both Kerry Madden and Kerry Madden-Lunsford. She has written plays, screenplays, journalism (Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Birmingham News, Salon, Southern Women's Review, Shenandoah, Carve Magazine, and Sierra Club Magazine), and published seven books including OFFSIDES, a New York Library Pick for 1997, and now just out as an ebook with FOREVERLAND PRESS.