Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge

Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge Being responsible is NOT easy Fourth grader Vilonia hasn t lost her rain coat in the three weeks she s had it and she s brushed her teeth every night and she s volunteered to be the Friday Library He

  • Title: Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge
  • Author: Kristin L. Gray
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  • Page: 182
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  • Being responsible is NOT easy Fourth grader Vilonia hasn t lost her rain coat in the three weeks she s had it, and she s brushed her teeth every night and she s volunteered to be the Friday Library Helper But all that hard work is worth it if it means she can get a dog Besides, this dog isn t just because Vilonia has wanted one for pretty much ever It s also to help MaBeing responsible is NOT easy Fourth grader Vilonia hasn t lost her rain coat in the three weeks she s had it, and she s brushed her teeth every night and she s volunteered to be the Friday Library Helper But all that hard work is worth it if it means she can get a dog Besides, this dog isn t just because Vilonia has wanted one for pretty much ever It s also to help Mama, who s been lost in one, big sadness fog for forty three days ever since Nana died But Vilonia read that pets can help with sadness Now all she has to do is keep the library goldfish alive over spring break, stop bringing stray animals home, and help Mama not get fired from her job And she s got to do all of it before the Catfish Festival Easy as pie, right

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    1. I was in love with Vilonia Beebe and her home from page one, so evocative and charming is Gray's writing. Vilonia's family is reeling since Nana's death: Mama's checked out, Daddy is struggling to keep up, older brother Leon can be so annoying. So Vilonia steps up to take care of everyone, sometimes to disastrous results. I'm not giving away many details here because this wonderful book deserves to have its petals unfold to the reader in it's charming voice. This book is a gift; it perfectly ref [...]

    2. I had the opportunity to read an early version of this, and OH MY GOODNESS. Vilonia is such a fun, adorable, spunky kid. This book is hilarious and heartwarming, and I can't wait for Vilonia Beebe to take the world by storm. :)

    3. This book is absolutely adorable! Vilonia Beebe completely stole my heart with her determination and spunk. Her voice is pitch-perfect, and all of the characters are so lovable and well-drawn. I read this in one sitting because I didn't want to put it down. An absolutely charming, heartwarming middle grade debut. Highly recommend!

    4. Wonderful book for the early middle grade crowd!Young readers will love reading about Vilonia's adventures. They'll cheer for her and want to give her a hug!

    5. I totally fell in love with Vilonia Beebe! What a charming MG story filled with runaway chickens, an adorable tiny pug dog, library fish, and a ten-year-old obituary writer. This is a sweet story filled with love and charm!

    6. Being a fourth grader is never easy, but Vilonia Beebe, the plucky, softball-loving heroine of Kristin L. Gray’s delightful middle-grade novel, VILONIA BEEBE TAKES CHARGE, has it harder than most. Her mama’s been lost in a fog of sadness ever since Nana passed away forty-three days ago, and Vilonia would do anything to see her mama smile again—including undertaking a campaign to adopt a runt-of-the-litter dog (pets, Vilonia discovered, can help people overcome sadness). What follows is Vil [...]

    7. Fourth-grader, Vilonia, Vi for short, started out in the world four times smaller than the largemouth bass hanging in her daddy’s shop. That was almost ten years ago. Now that her mother has taken ill since Nana passed away, Vilonia must forge ahead. With a reputation for taking in destitute creatures, she spots a poster that might help her mother not feel depressed anymore. "The most powerful antidepressant has 4 paws and a tail. 555-PETS." And her favorite book, Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kat [...]

    8. With this first line “[t]he day I was born I was four times smaller than thetrophy largemouth bass hanging in my daddy’s shop” Vilonia Beebe took charge of my heart and I would give it to her again. I have a soft spot for heartfelt humor and brave characters who lean into the problems of this world. Vilonia’s grandmother has recently died which sent Vilonia’s mother into a deep depression. Vilonia takes over her mother’s job, which is writing obituaries for the local paper. (I must [...]

    9. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Above the TreelineVilonia's grandmother died over a month ago, and she still misses her. Vilonia's mother is so depressed that she can barely get out of bed, and she is neglecting her job, which is to write obituaries for the local news paper. After reading that animals can help with depression, and realizing that the family chickens aren't quite as helpful as dogs, Vilonia offers to babysit her teacher's fish, and then is determined to get a puppy. There's a lot goin [...]

    10. That was just precious. So full of voice and spunk and I loved it so much. My 6yo laughed out loud, especially at any mention of chickens. Highly recommended!

    11. Just finished VILONIA BEEBE and wish I could crawl inside author Kristin Gray's head and live there! Vilonia is so real she practically jumps off the page - warm, funny, and, most of all, brave. You're going to love this one!!

    12. Vilonia's voice is perfect! She's funny, sweet and spunky. Her story is both heartbreaking and full of hope.

    13. I wish I could hang out with Vilonia Beebe in real life. She is endlessly hilarious as a narrator, and endlessly resolved as a person. Now I'm an endlessly adoring fan.

    14. Thank you to the author and the @kidlitexchange network for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own!! I can't believe that this is a debut novel!!! Gray has created such a fun loving character and paired it with a really heartwarming story. I was hooked right from the start and saddened to see the pages slowly coming to an end. I'd love to see Vilonia in more books in the future!! Vilonia Beebe is a spunky fourth grader who is out to prove that she can i [...]

    15. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this cute upper elementary read. I think it will be perfect for some kids, but it wasn't my favorite. Thx to @kidlitexchange for the copy to review. All opinions are my own._*_*_*_*_*Vilonia Beebe lives in a small town in Mississippi with her mom, dad and brother. Her mom is depressed since her own mother, Vilonia's Nana, died. Vilonia's mom won't get out of bed. Vilonia is picking up the slack, cleaning, cooking, etccluding writing her mama's obits for the local p [...]

    16. Heartwarming and feisty, Vilonia is a breath of fresh air in the middle grade genre!Thanks to the author for providing @kidlitexchange with a finished copy of this book for review purposes - all opinions are my own. You can almost hear and feel the country twang in this sweet and sassy middle grade (mid-to-late elementary) novel about baseball-loving, obituary-writing and pet-dreaming Vilonia Beebee. Her determination to help her family during her mother's depression and prove that she is respon [...]

    17. Vilonia was a star of her “under 10” softball team, an animal rescuer, a school library helper, a good friend, a sister, a daughter and a granddaughter. At least she was a granddaughter until 43 days earlier when her beloved grandma dropped dead. And since that time Vilonia’s mother has been hiding in her room with the blinds drawn and spending much of her day in her pajamas. So since that day Vilonia has added cooking, laundry and obituary writing (her mom’s job) to her list of chores. [...]

    18. Because of Winn-Dixie has a special place in my heart. Using that beloved novel as a springboard and reference point for the main character might be risky in a less skilled author’s hands, but Gray’s story hits the mark to stand alongside this classic. Like Because of Winn-Dixie and Clementine, the author’s outstanding narrative voice and endearing characters make Vilonia Beebe pure joy to read. This story is rich – the language, the plot, and priceless tidbits that flesh out the story w [...]

    19. Kristin Gray does an amazing job in this middle grade, realistic fiction. Vilonia is a nine-year-old girl who wants nothing more than to have her very own dog. She does everything she can think of to show her family she is responsible. But as her family is going through a rough patch, they don't always see her intentions or good deeds, only what slips through the cracks. Vilonia's story will resonate with many children for a variety of reasons. The most relevant quote from the book, "That's the [...]

    20. Vilonia Beebe is the kind of character that readers will fall in love with. She is full of spunk and a fighting spirit. Her main goal throughout the story is to prove she is responsible enough to get a dog. She believes a dog will help her mother heal from the Infinite Sadness she's been in since Vilonia's nana passed away. Her attempts at being responsible don't always turn out the way she planned, including an incident with some bottle rockets, but Vilonia's heart is always in the right place. [...]

    21. When her mom suffers from depression, Vilonia is determined to prove she’s responsible enough to get a dog with the hopes that a puppy will cheer her mother. Vi has a kind heart, but a knack for finding trouble, and the path to possible dog ownership is a rocky one. It includes chasing chickens, eulogizing the library’s goldfish, and secretly writing the town’s obituary column. A humorous story that’s at times poignant, Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge will have you rooting for Vi and her Grea [...]

    22. My first impression of this middle grade chapter book about a fourth grader who jumps back and forth between being a child and taking care of her mother's responsibilities was that it was too long for an elementary student to read independently. But the more I read about Vilonia's sad mother, her daddy and brother, the more I liked the heart and spirit of Vilonia and her devotion to family and best friend and neighbor's chickens. Her love of baseball and determination to keep things moving along [...]

    23. Love this spunky character, Vilonia won my heart in the first pages. Kristin Gray writes with pitch-perfect small-town middle grade voice, it just keeps you flowing through the pages. Made me feel like a visit back to my own childhood, the story has that kind of classic feel to it. The plot is sweet and realistic, about her wanting a dog, and wanting to help her struggling mother at the same time, which are both super-relatable for kid readers.

    24. I really liked this book because it is a book about a young girl who plays softball (like I used to) trying to live a normal life after her mom loses her job and is struggling. This is an inspirational book that sometimes you just have to push through the hard times. I really recommend this book to girls.

    25. Vilonia Beebe is doing her best to help her mother during her depression. If she can prove to her father that she is responsible, maybe she can adopt the perfect puppy that will pull her mother back from the darkness. But everything she tries goes wrong. Awesome book! I love the spunky characters.

    26. This is a beautiful book that tells the tale of a fourth grader doing everything she can to help her family navigate the weeks after their Nana’s passing. It will make you laugh a lot and maybe cry a little. You will definitely want to spend more time with Vi in the end.

    27. Holy chihuahuas! This was a cute book! I loved Vilonia--I just wanted to squeeze her and hug her. I read this story in about two hours, so it's perfect in length (and content) for lower middle grade readers. Poodles! This story was sweet!

    28. She’s spunky and has a way with words, but the biggest reason I love Vilonia is because of her crazy love for animals. I really think 3rd-5th grade readers will be as smitten with Vilonia as I was. Darling!

    29. E-ARC from EdelweissThis story has a southern feel like Turnage's Three Times Lucky books do for slightly older readers. I liked how Vilonia's plans hit roadblocks and yet she problem-solved and was not deterred.

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