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The Book of Bright Ideas

by Sandra Kring

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    How High the Moon: A Novel by Sandra Kring (2LZ)
    2LZ: This touching story of a young girl being raised by her mother's kind boyfriend is one of my favorites. Both stories center around children and unconventional families.
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After reading Finn, Middlesex, and The Tipping Point in a six month period, my book club was ready for something lighter, and this book definitely fit the people. There's a lot of humor in this book about how free-spirited Winnie and Freeda Malone change the lives of an extended family living in a small town. This book is well-written and does deal with some adult subjects, but is still a lot of fun. ( )
  JillKB | Apr 4, 2013 |
A very enjoyable novel with a heartwarming friendship in the two main characters, nine year old Button and her new best friend Winnalee. The story takes place in a small town in 1961 WI as these two little girls spend every moment of the summer together learning about each other and the adults around them. All of the characters are finely drawn and each has their own realistic concerns, dreams and past secrets to share or hide from each other. Throw in a plot twisting mystery which will effect each of the characters and the novel adds some intrigue not only for the nine year olds but sadness for the adults. It is a very good story of friendship, family and the bonds that hold all of us together at specific times in our lives. A good read. ( )
  kmmt48 | Jan 26, 2013 |
This was such a great story and a great book to read. ( )
  CandyH | Jul 7, 2011 |
The Book of Bright Ideas is an enchanting novel of childhood, wonder, and a number of family secrets. Engaging from first to last, I was delighted to meet these people--particularly Aunt Verdella, who poignantly reminded me of one of my own aunts. Furthermore, as the book came to a close, I'd become so attached to Button, Winnalee, and all, I was sorry to see them go. ( )
  eggsnhm | May 2, 2009 |
Heartwarming! It was everything I love in a book. Great characters, good mix of happy and sad, and a good if not somewhat predictable ending. Reminescent of Lorna Landvik, whom I love. I thought the story line was very believable. But the characters were fabulous! Can't say enough good things. ( )
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For all those who longed to find a best friend and found it in themselves.
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I should have known that summer of 1961 was gonna be the biggest summer of our lives.
That skinny eleven-year-old boy sitting across the table from me with the wispy dishwater-blond hair and glasses, that's my twin brother, Milo, short for Myles.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385338147, Paperback)

Wisconsin, 1961. Evelyn “Button” Peters is nine the summer Winnalee and her fiery-spirited older sister, Freeda, blow into her small town–and from the moment she sees them, Button knows this will be a summer unlike any other.

Much to her mother’s dismay, Button is fascinated by the Malone sisters, especially Winnalee, a feisty scrap of a thing who carries around a shiny silver urn containing her mother’s ashes and a tome she calls “The Book of Bright Ideas.” It is here, Winnalee tells Button, that she records everything she learns: her answers to the mysteries of life. But sometimes those mysteries conceal a truth better left buried. And when a devastating secret is suddenly revealed, dividing loyalties and uprooting lives, no one–from Winnalee and her sister to Button and her family–will ever be the same.

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"Wisconsin, 1961. Evelyn "Button" Peters is nine the summer Winnalee and her fiery-spirited older sister, Freeda, blow into her small town and from the moment she sees them, Button knows this will be a summer unlike any other. Much to her mother's dismay, Button is fascinated by the Malone sisters, especially Winnalee, a feisty scrap of a thing who carries around a shiny silver urn containing her mother's ashes and a tome she calls "The Book of Bright Ideas". It is here, Winnalee tells Button, that she records everything she learns: her answers to the mysteries of life. But sometimes those mysteries conceal a truth better left buried. And when a devastating secret is suddenly revealed, dividing loyalties and uprooting lives, no one from Winnalee and her sister to Button and her family will ever be the same."--Publisher's description.… (more)

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