Buttermilk Hill

 
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Buttermilk Hill
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Release Date
September 08, 2004
ISBN
0374351120
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Finding a way to cope through poetry

The days seem carefree for Piper Berry in her hometown of Buttermilk Hill, North Carolina -- days filled with fishing with her daddy and ten-year-old aunt/best friend Lindy and listening to her grandmother's stories. But then Mama, Tiny Lambert (whom readers may remember from Weeping Willow), announces she wants more out of life than being a housewife, and Daddy thinks this is unreasonable. He moves out and that ugly word d-i-v-o-r-c-e becomes a reality. Soon Mama's time becomes consumed with waiting tables and taking college classes. Daddy remarries, adopts two sons, and has a new baby daughter. Piper can't help but feel as if she doesn't belong anywhere anymore, and her only comfort is found in spending time with Lindy and their friend Bucky, whose life is full of his own share of family trouble. Piper's growing interest in and talent for poetry help her find a voice to say the things that are hardest and make an important decision about following her own dreams.

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Buttermilk Hill - BEST BOOK EVER!!!
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Reader reviewed by Lisa

   Buttermilk Hill, by Ruth White is an amazing book full of love, friendship, and family. The book is about a girl named Piper whose parents are getting divorced. Piper faces many challenges with both of her parents that she doesn't know what to do. Luckily, she has her best friend Lindy, and new friend who she met in a graveyard to come to her aid. 
Piper goes on an amazing adventure trying to get her parents to get back togather again. Will Piper's plan work? Find out when you read Buttermilk Hill.
   I would rate this book 4 out of 5 because of bad word choice. The author could have used much more figuartive language such as a different word for said. I can't say how many times the author used said in the story. She could have used exclaimed or questioned instead. However, the author did a great job of describing Piper's feelings. You could always connect to Piper because her feelings were so realistic. I would reccommend this book to girls ages 10-13. I think this because Piper has problems that a girl 10-13 might face. I also think this because it is a more challenging book. I don't know if children under 10 would understand it. 
     In conclusion, Buttermilk Hill was an outstanding book with both emotional parts, and parts that made you want to get out of your seat and start dancing because you are so happy.
   

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Perceptions of divorce
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Piper is surrounded by her family in Buttermilk Hillwhich got its name from the flowers that cover the hillsideand enjoys having
everyone close. But trouble comes to a head when her father decides he cant take her mothers dreaming anymore, and walks out. Suddenly
Pipers world changes, and she isnt sure how to deal with her parents acting like children. Fortunately, her aunt, who is the same age she is, sticks with her and encourages her to explore her poetry moreeven to try doing a reading at the public library. Piper also makes a new friendBucky, and her mother gets her a dog.

This is a rather heartwarming tale, despite the heavy subject of divorce. Piper is a strong girl throughout the book, and though her struggles are real, she manages to maintain a positive attitude, which is refreshing. Pipers poetry is sprinkled throughout the book, giving readers an inside to her true emotions. Piper is the most developed character, but we learn a lot about Bucky and his mysterious past as well. The changes Piper goes through seem quick, but an appropriate amount of time does pass, and everything mostly works out at the end, which is also refreshing. A good coming of age story without too much angst.
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