Gentle's Holler
Gentle's Holler (Maggie Valley Novels)
Gentle's Holler
Kerry Madden
The sixties may have come to other parts of North Carolina, but with Mama pregnant again, Daddy struggling to find work, and nine siblings underfoot, nobody in the holler has much time for modern-day notions. Especially not twelve-year-old Livy Two, aspiring songwriter and self-appointed guardian of little sister Gentle, whose eyes “don't work so good yet.” Even after a doctor confirms her fears, Livy Two is determined to make the best of Gentle's situation and sets out to transform the family's scrappy dachshund into a genuine Seeing Eye dog. But when tragedy strikes, can Livy Two continue to stay strong for her family?

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Livy Two Weems (named after her older sister Livy One who died at birth) lives with her family of ten in their holler in Maggie Valley. Eleven if you count Grandma Horace's surprise visit. Livy Two has to deal with lots, including all her siblings, her Daddy's guitar songs that aren't selling, and her sister Gentle's bad eyes. When money starts getting real bad, her Dad signs her up for a musical competition in town. Livy Two has a good voice and is very good on the guitar, but she doesn't know if she can sing in front of all those people. Strangers.

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