The Snowbird

The Snowbird Patricia Calvert
  • Title: The Snowbird
  • Author: Patricia Calvert
  • ISBN: 9780451149718
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Snowbird Patricia Calvert The Snowbird For thirteen year old Willanna Bannerman was both an end and a beginning It started with the fire that left Willie and her brother TJ orphaned and sent them on a long lonely journey with an unc
    For thirteen year old Willanna Bannerman, 1883 was both an end and a beginning It started with the fire that left Willie and her brother TJ orphaned and sent them on a long, lonely journey with an uncle and aunt they didn t know.Willie knew things would be different in her new home but she couldn t imagine everything that awaited her The first surprise was Snowbird, theFor thirteen year old Willanna Bannerman, 1883 was both an end and a beginning It started with the fire that left Willie and her brother TJ orphaned and sent them on a long, lonely journey with an uncle and aunt they didn t know.Willie knew things would be different in her new home but she couldn t imagine everything that awaited her The first surprise was Snowbird, the beautiful, almost magical, silver foal born the day Willie arrived and destined to be her own The second surprise was Aunt Belle, a woman brimming over with dreams even bigger then Willie s and with the strength to stick with them no matter what Through Belle and the Snowbird, Willie began to put the pieces of her life back together But she still had to learn about loving, caring, and living and she could only learn by letting go of what she treasured most
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    About Patricia Calvert


    1. We are all emigrants from the same country the land of childhood What I want to do is write about the journey all of us have taken or are in the process of taking from that special place Patricia Calvert celebrates her birthday on July 22nd She grew up in the mountains of Montana, in what was a magic world for any child, one in which lodgepole pines grew like arrows toward a sky that seemed always blue Even though Ms Calvert knew she wanted to be a writer when she was ten, it wasn t until her daughters were grown and had moved away from home and she and her husband moved to Minnesota that she concentrated on her writing.Among her books, The Snowbird and Yesterday s Daughter have both been named to ALA s Best Books for Young Adults list Glennis, Before and After received a Christopher Award Betrayed Atheneum appeared in 2002 and Robert E Peary To the Top of the World Benchmark in 2001 Most recently, Ms Calvert has been focusing on nonfiction writing, bringing us biographies of Zebulon Pike and Kit Carson, as well as The Ancient Celts.


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    1. All of the print books I have been reading this month feature horses I blame it on the Caballos Domecq, who were appearing in a neighboring pueblo the first weekend in July for the annual town fiesta Of course I HAD to go it is only a two hour walk away If I were to miss any such show that close to home I would not be able to call myself a true horse lover or a true endurance walker Caballos Domecq have been performing for forty years, using pure Andalusian horses as well as the Azteca horse, a [...]

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    2. I read this book in the 6th or 7th grade, and still remember it clearly 20 years later I remember sobbing A lot And I remember hating the book for making me cry so hard Perhaps I should reread it as an adult and see what I think of it.As a girl, I d have given it 1 star As an adult, I am tempted to give it five because of the deep, visceral memories it still evokes.

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    3. For the longest time, all I could remember about this book was the white horse and a silver horsehair ring No title, no author It was a huge relief to finally find a list of horse stories that let me identify it Willanna Bannerman, Willie, and her young brother TJ are sent to Dakota Territory to live with their aunt and uncle after the death of their parents in a fire of dubious origins The day they arrive at the Home Place, a beautiful white foal is born and named the Snowbird as a good omen Bu [...]

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    4. GROWING UP TO BE ACCOUNTABLE Despite its young protagonist this book is not your typical YA fare The dark, brooding plot unfolds with tragic relentlessness in the harsh setting of the Dakota Territory of the mid 1880 s Thirteen year old Willanna Bannerman Willie and her 9 year old brother, TJ, must leave their Tennessee home to travel by train to their only kin an uncle after a disastrous fire in which both their parents died Haunted by fury that her newspaper editor father was actually murdered [...]

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    5. Willie and her brother TJ are shipped off west after their parents die in a suspicious accident Moving from Tennessee to the Dakota Territory is a frightening experience for these two When they arrive at their uncle s house, they must slowly begin the business of healing Willie finds it easier to do by way of her uncle s trusted farmhand, July, and a brand new foal, Snowbird TJ clings to his fiery aunt instead The children haven t yet seen their fill of sorrow, though, and through it all they mu [...]

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    6. Unfortunately, this book is one that is hardly mentioned if ever at all The language is rich and Willana is a character with spunk, grit, and a mouth as sharp as a razor For those expecting perfect characters and an ending sealed with wrapping paper and a bow, look elsewhere This historical fiction is true to life, and the ending is sweet and bitter all at once If you can find it, I recommend the read.

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    7. I have been searching for this book for years, since I read it as a girl Couldn t remember the title, author, etc but I could remember the whole story as if I read it yesterday This brooding tale was not my typical read and this book changed forever the variety of books I would choose That I can remember it this many years later than I care to admit , not only speaks to it s unique nature, but also the authors skill.

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    8. I enjoyed it I m not much for horse books or any animal books, really , but this one didn t seem so much about the horse as about the main character trying to cope with being unusual and a bit of a paradox at the same time practical and a dreamer, living in that space between woman and child The prose is very poetic, as well, with a rhythm that just keeps you reading on, slow as it might be A good book, overall.4 5 here, 8 10 for myself

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    9. Quick This book reminded me of Seredy s The Good Master and Caddy Woodlawn with a bit of Little House on the Prairie thrown in I picked it up second hand and enjoyed it but it was a bit depressing even though it is probably realistic If you have it, read it but my advice is to not rush out and buy it.

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    10. I read this during my horse years It was different than most of the happily ever after fare that passes for YA MG fic these days It made me tear up, I do remember that It s a great story too, well researched and well written.

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    11. Read as a child, incredibly heart breaking story.

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    12. I remember reading this during my years when I read anything to do with horses I remember liking this book, but thought it was rather grim, even tragic.

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