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Blackberries in the Dark by Mavis Jukes
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Blackberries in the Dark

by Mavis Jukes

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Summery- this book is about a boy names Austin who goes to visit his grandmother for ten days in the summer. He is upset because his grandpa has passed away and this was the summer he was going to learn how to fly fish. One day over break he was picking blackberries down by the river. His grandmother came down in all of his grandpas old fishing gear. She had all the equipment for fly fishing and convinced Austin to learn how to fly fish even thought his grandfather couldn't teach him how to. It was starting to get late and the two of them were starting to get the hang of fly fishing when suddenly they had caught their first fish. At the end of the book Austin receives to presents from his grandmother one a doll that had been in the family for years and his grandfathers fishing knife.

I would use this book in two ways one to teach students about country living, and two to teach sequence of events.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

This is a good example of realistic fiction because the events in the story could happen today. There is a place called twin rocks creek and you could visit and go fishing there. It represents a relationship between a grandmother and grandson that is very realistic for today's time. ( )
  Nicholepeterse | Apr 4, 2016 |
I really enjoyed reading this book because of the character descriptions put in place by the author and the powerful message the author conveys to readers about the importance of family and upholding tradition. This would be a perfect read for elementary students beginning the task of taking on chapter books and a text many students can relate to in terms of wanting to make someone proud. The illustrations on the cover make the readers wonder what the story will ultimately be about and results in hooking the reader both instantly and continuously throughout the book. ( )
  ajohns75 | Mar 12, 2015 |
Boring book. Let me re-iterate, very boring book.
  jonathanjohnson | Sep 15, 2010 |
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An extremely moving story told with unsentimental prose and eloquent pencil drawings.
 
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"Austin's visit to his grandmother's is the first since Grandpa died. Austin notices Grandpa's things but feels the emptiness of his absence. This spare story vividly captures the emotions of painful times and shows how they ease with sharing and remembering. Boy and grandfather were close, but boy and grandmother seem destined to be just as close, with Grandpa's memory to bind them. Poignant and perceptive, this has impressive resonance, and readers won't easily shed its warm afterglow."--(starred) Booklist.  

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Nine-year-old Austin visits his grandmother the summer after his grandfather dies and together they try to come to terms with their loss.

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