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The Silver Star


It is 1970. 'Bean' Holladay is twelve and her sister Liz fifteen when their artistic mother Charlotte, a woman who 'flees every place she's ever lived at the first sign of trouble', takes off to 'find herself'. She leaves the girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that has been in the family for generations. An impetuous optimist, Bean discovers who her father was and learns many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, so Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Madox, foreman of the mill in town, a big man who bullies workers, tenants and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister, inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, non-conformist. But when school starts in the autumn, it is Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens between Liz and Maddox... Hide synopsis

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Reviews of The Silver Star

Overall customer rating: 4.000
Cynthia B

Story lacks tension

by Cynthia B on Oct 31, 2013

Fair character development, however the book lacks tension in the plot and is predictable. Not Miss Walls previous great writing. Felt the book was written for a teen. More

Rosanne M

Another Winner

by Rosanne M on Aug 8, 2013

Jeannette Walls has become one of my favorite writers. I will read (and always enjoy) anything she has written! More


Good read

by cookiereads on Jul 18, 2013

Really enjoyed this book. Couldn't wait to get back to it! More

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