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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 But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.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.

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The Silver Star
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3.9 / 5
Great read
July 5th, 2015
Story of 2 young girls, with a dysfunctional mother. Together they overcome several hardships and difficult situations.
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Silver Star
June 29th, 2015
I have read all of the author's books and I love how she writes about ordinary, simple people trying to get by in life. This book is about two girls, their mother and extended family. They have hardships but continue to see happiness in a simple way.
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silver star
March 16th, 2015
I love everything I've read written by Jeannette Walls! I can't put her books down. She gives everyone inspiration to write their own story, as everyone has their own story... Life is not fair sometimes.
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The Silver Star
January 4th, 2015
If you are 60+ and lived the hippy years, if you always regretted not being old enough to go to Woodstock, then you will love this book!
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Very good!
January 2nd, 2015
I liked Jeannette Walls other 2 books and this one was a great read too. Would recommend this book to friends.
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1 person found this helpful
Good, but not as good as The Glass Castle
November 1st, 2014
Twelve-year-old Bean and her fifteen-year-old sister, Liz, are deserted by their mom who claims she needs to find herself. When the police start looking into the situation, the sisters decide to go and live with their uncle—unbeknownst to him—in a dilapidated mansion in Virginia. Bean embraces the adventure and starts to learn more about her father, while Liz begins to withdraw. Here’s a story about the bonds of family, and the pain of desertion and adolescence. Although I liked the novel, the situation and the mom reminded me too much of Walls’ The Glass Castle.
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1 person found this helpful
Great Read
July 19th, 2014
Loved it! I could barely put it down. If you liked The Glass House, you will love this book.
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Great read
July 14th, 2014
Loved the characters! Disappointed that it ended.
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Great read
July 14th, 2014
Loved the characters! Disappointed that it ended.
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The Silver Star
March 12th, 2014
Charming story,lotts of feelings called forward,a real good family tale.
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The Silver Star
March 2nd, 2014
Very easy read. Those two girls were unlucky on many fronts but so lucky to have each other. Loved it!
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January 24th, 2014
A great, easy read. Ms. Walls books always bring a feeling of nostalgia along with them. They tend to take me back in a good way. I only wish she had more novels written. I can't wait for her next one already!
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A good story...
January 1st, 2014
A pretty good and very easy read, however it doesn't come close to Walls' other books. My favourite by far would be The Glass Castle, followed by Half Broke Horses. This one I found a bit hokey for my liking...
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A wonderful story
December 24th, 2013
This is a tug at your heart strings kinda story, but not in an overly mushy way. The main character is a girl you can't help but really like. You are rooting for her through the whole book. A fun and sometimes heartbreaking story. Made me realize I should think twice about the challenges people may be facing in life.
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THE SILVER STAR
October 26th, 2013
Love this book, have read her other two novels and love them too. You cannot put them down, you always want to know what happens next. Jeanette has a way with story telling, can't wait for the next one. Enjoy this read.
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Great story. Writing pulls you along
October 21st, 2013
Loved her first two books and this is a pleasant and inspiring follow up. Another great continuation of the themes of her non-fiction books. No matter what you've come from - it's within you to do your best and make great things happen in your life. Loved it.
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1 person found this helpful
Two sisters against the odds
October 18th, 2013
Amazing what these two girls go through and the people - who they discover - who love and support them. And their mom! She's a mess! A quick read with short chapters that you'll find yourself saying, "ok, I'll read just one more chapter." Then 10 chapters later you can't put it down. Very heartwarming.
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October 4th, 2013
It is really good it is emotional close to the end.
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September 15th, 2013
Amazing. Could not stop reading until I was finished. A must read for any book club.
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The Silver Star
August 14th, 2013
Enjoyed this one more than I thought I would, shades of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
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