The Silver Star

The Silver Star

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Abandoned by their artist mother at the age of 12, Bean and her older sister, Liz, are sent to live in the decaying antebellum mansion of their widowed uncle, where they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before an increasingly withdrawn Liz has a life-shattering experience. Simultaneous.

Baker
& Taylor

Abandoned by their mother, Bean and her sister, Liz, are sent to live in the decaying mansion of their uncle, where they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before Liz has a life-shattering experience.

Simon and Schuster
The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling.

It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who “found something wrong with every place she ever lived,” takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Because money is tight, Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town—a big man who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister—inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz.

Jeannette Walls, supremely alert to abuse of adult power, has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2013
ISBN: 9781442362857
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC WAL
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (ca. 8 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.

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firefly5
Jan 15, 2017

Very disappointed with this book. I loved her The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses, but this book has no substance. None of the characters are believable. I cannot recommend this book.

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UAkat
Oct 25, 2016

While her first autobiographical novel was her finest writing to date, I enjoyed Silver Star. A good book for teens and young adults. So many kids today are homeless, in foster care, or have dysfunctional parents; I think many can relate to this story and find they are kindred spirits with the two half-sisters. Bean & Liz show courage and ingenuity in dealing with their problems. Without fathers or a mentally healthy mother, these two girls connect with other family members and successfully create a home and life for themselves. I also liked all of the other quirky and even dangerous characters in the book. An easy and fun read with life lessons for all.

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wandalynn
Jun 25, 2016

Trite, predictable and blessedly short.

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wordsmith888
Jun 06, 2016

I felt that the plot was engaging and the character development of Liz & Bean was excellent. Parts of the story were not quite as engaging as her previous books, however, it still kept my interest and I enjoyed how it ended. Jeannette is an excellent writer who really knows how to use dialogue well to keep the story interesting and moving along.

JCLJoyceM Mar 23, 2016

I loved this book and want to read more by Walls! It would make a great movie. Some of the most believable characters I have met recently. Tension builds as you meet Maddox and wonder what he is up to and how it will affect these girls.

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tavkaa
Dec 13, 2015

A real true to life story of the "regular folk" even though some may look at the parenting skills of the parents in this book as dysfunctional at best. The story teller was innocent, yet aware and carries the reader along with her observations and innocence. The dysfunctional family was funny, and relative-- showing how one incident can be viewed from different perspectives and mean so much to a child by the way it is told to them. I liked the way the protagonist was introduced and portrayed, because from the very beginning of his introduction you knew he was up to no good and so you read his scenes with a side-eye view. I didn't like however how it ended because it was just like the writer just got tired.

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22022jane
Nov 11, 2015

I had high expectations for this book based on my enjoyment of the author's previous extraordinary books The Glass Castle and Half-Broke Horses. This book was extremely disappointing to me; many times I was tempted to give up but kept plugging away thinking that it would inevitably get better - it had to! Alas, it did not. I cannot recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed this author's previous works.

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vv8
Jun 01, 2015

The Silver Star echoed many themes found in Walls' previous works; however, this one did not quite carry as much emotional weight and felt cliche at times.

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slarsen
Mar 09, 2015

I am so disappointed in this book. Walls is an excellent author - what happened.

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FVReader
Feb 01, 2015

I really enjoyed Bean. She's a bit like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.
The other characters weren't as developed as Bean. Perhaps this is Bean's story but it seemed wider than that and the others were worth exploring deeper than they were.
Jeannette Walls reads this story well.
The story of Liz & Bean's lives with their unstable mother is touching and told with understanding and love. The mother is never turned into a bad or unwanted mother. She's loved by her daughters, despite her problems; they respect her for who she is and what she brings to their family when she's able.
This was an interesting story and I loved the addition of the emus.

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