The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Part coming of age story part mystery The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming debut about a community in need of absolution and two girls learning what it means to belong E

  • Title: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
  • Author: JoannaCannon
  • ISBN: 9781501121890
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Part coming of age story, part mystery, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming debut about a community in need of absolution and two girls learning what it means to belong.England, 1976 Mrs Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten year olds Grace and Tilly arPart coming of age story, part mystery, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming debut about a community in need of absolution and two girls learning what it means to belong.England, 1976 Mrs Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten year olds Grace and Tilly aren t convinced As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God they believe that if they find Him they might also find Mrs Creasy and bring her home.Spunky, spirited Grace and quiet, thoughtful Tilly go door to door in search of clues The cul de sac starts to give up its secrets, and the amateur detectives uncover much than ever imagined As they try to make sense of what they ve seen and heard, a complicated history of deception begins to emerge Everyone on the Avenue has something to hide, a reason for not fitting in.In the suffocating heat of the summer, the ability to guard these differences becomes impossible Along with the parched lawns and the melting pavement, the lives of all the neighbors begin to unravel What the girls don t realize is that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs Creasy was beginning to peel back just before she disappeared.

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    1. I felt very British in the reading of this book.Yes, I am an idiot. If it has taken this long to figure that out you might can sit next to me.Anyways it's England in 1976. It's hot. Very hot. Did me telling you that a couple of times get on your nerves? Suck it up buttercup because this book tells you that fact a whole lotta times.I threw in another one just to get you good and broke in! *cackles*The story takes place on the Avenue where all the neighbors know everyone's business. But then Mrs. [...]

    2. A quirky, moving and beautifully written tale of life in 1970s Britain a delight from start to finish (Review Paula Hawkins)Wonderful, magical story, exceptional read! The story centers around a street in an unnamed town or village in England somewhere. Grace and Tilly, two cute 10-year olds, play major parts in the story. It is the summer of 1976, a scorching hot summer and Mrs. Creasy has gone missing in the street. She disappeared. All neighbours are in turmoil and the avenue is alive with wh [...]

    3. There's something that appeals to me in a story told from a child's perspective. Maybe it's the innocent perceptions that are full of wisdom that the adults around them just don't always have or maybe it's their honesty and self awareness.Mrs . Creasy has disappeared and ten year old Grace and her nearly ten year old delicate friend Tilly , decide they will find out what happened to her . They can do that and keep everyone in the neighborhood safe they believe , if they can find God. Instead the [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this book! So many laughs!This was a coming of age story along with a whodunit story line. This story takes us behind closed doors into the various homes and lives of the residents on one block in a town in England during a heatwave in the summer of 1976.I think all will enjoy this one!

    5. 4+ When Mrs. Creasey disappears, 10 year old Grace and her slightly younger friend Tilly decide to investigate. After learning from the vicar that God is everywhere they decide that while they are looking that they will also look for God.A heat wave, a cul-de-sac, a man who doesn't fit in, God in a drainpipe and secrets many, many secrets and two very entertaining young protagonists. The girls find out many things, not necessarily things that will solve the case, because in truth they do not hav [...]

    6. Mrs Creasy disappeared on a Monday. I know it was a Monday, because it was the day the dustbin men came, and the avenue was filled with a smell of scraped plates."Why do people disappear?"The pastor looked over his shoulder The voice came from the graveyard.His expressionOh neverminnnnndddddddd, it was only Grace sitting behind a gravestone talking to him. He just did not see her!Her parents said she was awkward, but she disagreed. She was more likely awkward to them. Yes, that's what it was.The [...]

    7. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear this had such promise and for such a long stretch I truly thought I'd found one of those lovely little gems that perfectly blends the coming of age of a couple of plucky English Scout Finch's with a traditional Agatha Christie romp through the evil hiding in a lovely English country village. Alas, what starts off as a promising story about a missing woman who may have known a few too many secrets about her fellow villagers suddenly and very randomly descends into total [...]

    8. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep was lots of fun -- a good light read with some tangible emotions thrown in. It is really the story of a stretch of road in a town in England -- a few neighbours and their secrets. Set in 1976, the story is told primarily from the point of view of 10 year old Grace, who with her friend Tilly sets out to find God and why one of the neighbours has disappeared. From time to time, the story shifts points of view and we see things from the perspective of the various ad [...]

    9. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep★★★★ 4 charming stars!"A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer"Author Unknown***********************************************Grace and Tilly, the astute and inquisitive 10 year-old protagonists of The Trouble With Goats And Sheep, charmed me from the very beginning of this quirky story. While I grew up thousands of miles away from England, the novel's nostalgic take of the 1970's was a big part of the allure for me as its narrative took me b [...]

    10. Beautifully written, with real humour, and exquisite characterisation.This book is hugely enjoyable and genuinely different from most whodunnits. The very English period details and aphorisms were so familiar, with some real gems:They assumed I didn't understand the conversation, and it was much easier to let them think that. My mother said I was at an awkward age. I didn't feel especially awkward, so I presumed she meant it was awkward for them.'So much of the dialogue and narrative could have [...]

    11. I was charmed from the start with the main character, Grace Bennett, an inquisitive ten-year old girl with an active imagination, and her friend, Tilly. It is beautifully written, with humour and with tenderness. The cast of characters, including Grace and Tilly live in a housing development in England. It is a persistently hot summer, 1976. With the days of vacation ahead, Grace, and by association, must find an adventure to cure the boredom with endless days with nothing to do. One of their ne [...]

    12. The Curious Incident of the Wife in the Nighttime + Boo Radley + lashings of Angel Delight = The Trouble With Goats and Sheep. It's narrated by a little girl who sounds more like Alan Bennett than a little girl. Grace manages to simultaneously be clever enough to make constant wry observations, and stupid enough to think that you can find God as if it's a game of hide and seek.Grace's narration is interupted by chapters in which we visit various, largely indistinguishable neighbours, who provide [...]

    13. 4★A wonderful debut novel.Inventive descriptions abound in this apparently simple story of a lady who goes missing in a small English village neighbourhood. Unfortunately, the publisher has requested no quotations from a review copy, so I’ve got holes in my tongue from biting it!This is told partly by 10-year old Gracie, in the present, and partly by the neighbours in the present and in flashbacks. I like Gracie’s parts the best. It does jump back and forth between times and points of view [...]

    14. It's summer of 1976, very hot, unremittingly hot, and Mrs. Creasy is missing from her home on "the Avenue", as the residents call it. Where she has gone and why no one seems to know, but two local girls, Grace and Tilly, aged 10, decide to make it their summer mission to investigate. Their goal: to find God in the Avenue! And how to do this? By learning more about the people they have lived with all of their livestually talking with them in ways that only 10 year olds would or could. And thus we [...]

    15. This book was an absolute joy to read. An event, an adventure, as Grace and Tilly search for God in their neighborhood, as the vicar has said that "God is everywhere." They hope that if they find God, they will also find Mrs. Creasey, who has gone missing. The vicar also said, "God will protect us", and since the 10 year old girls take everything literally, they want to make sure he's going to take care of the people in their neighborhood. Their search for God leads them to some surprising knowl [...]

    16. Set during the heatwave of 1976 in the east of England, ten year old pals Grace and Tilly decide to look for Mrs Creasy, a neighbour, who has gone missing. However, Mrs Creasy is not the only person that Grace and Tilly include in their search. As if Mrs Creasy’s disappearance isn’t enough of an adventure for the girls, Grace and Tilly also decide to search for God!I want to give this book a big ten stars all wrapped up with big hugs and deliver them with so much love! To say I adored this b [...]

    17. This book is ideal for those who have enjoyed Fredrik Backman's books, such as A Man Called Ove, and Rachel Joyce's books, such as The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. It has a similar flavor with its warm-hearted blend of humor, some painful truths and a dash of mystery mixed in. Margaret Creasy disappears from her neighborhood on a hot June Saturday in 1976 and ten-year-old Grace Bennett may have been the last to have seen her when the woman asked to use the Bennett's phone to call a taxi. G [...]

    18. Some readeers found this story about two girls ages 9 & 12 (BTW age matters, so do tea towels), who prowl about an estate in the East Midlands asking questions in an effort to find out what became of a neighbour woman who'd apparently disappeared, charming & delightful. I found them maddingly overcute & the book tedious & boring. It is artistically well done - sort of like a Harold Pinter play but one that lasts about twelve hours - where inarticulate but talkative characters exp [...]

    19. 4+ stars - delightful!Mrs. Margaret Creasy disappears in early July 1976 during an extraordinary heat wave. It upsets life on The Avenue, where most of the action takes place in The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. After hearing the vicar say that God is everywhere and he will take care of his flock, 10-year-old Grace decides that if she and her best friend Tilly can find God, Mrs. C will return and all will be returned to normalcy on The Avenue. This book takes place in the present over July and A [...]

    20. Four-and-a-half stars.This is a charming book, full of wit and wisdom.Having said that, I didn't find it an easy read. It jumps from first-person POV to varied third person, and it can be confusing and grating to be in so many heads. The story also flits between two timelines, requiring even more mental gymnastics. It's also a very local and parochial novel, set in a street in a town in the East Midlands of England in 1976/1967. I think I have that covered. Although I'm Australian, I'm of Englis [...]

    21. An excellent debut novel by author Joanna Cannon that is written like a seasoned writer.A beautifully written book that amuses the reader as well a supplying an unusual whodunnit.A charming light read that readers will find amusing and thoroughly entertaining.I would like to thank Shribner and Net Galley for supplying me with a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

    22. I really enjoyed the start. The two girls were great fun and brilliant characters, although as one reviewer mentioned, Grace's voice was reminiscent of Alan Bennett's which coincidentally she shares a surname with. I loved the 70's references, the ponchos, whimsies, Kay's catalogues, garibaldis, artic rolls, although I agree, Angel Delight was mentioned too many times. Although I was only 3 yrs old I do remember the summer of 1976 as we had just moved house, and the heat was memorable. Someone h [...]

    23. Thank you to Netgalley, Edelweiss and the author for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I made it around 25% through the novel before giving up. There are way too many characters with very little introduction to help keep track. Every paragraph seemingly ends with 'I hope they never know my secret' breaking that rule of show, don't tell. Not my cup of tea but as there are many other good reviews, I wouldn't skip this one just because of me :)

    24. “He doesn’t look like a murderer,” said Tilly. “What does a murderer look like?” “They usually have mustaches,” she said, “and are much fatter.”Mrs. Creasy has disappeared and Grace and Tilly take it upon themselves to find her.Written in a very engaging way, Cannon's debut is a charming and enjoyable read. I immediately took a liking to Grace and opened up my heart to Tilly. They are two very curious and bright girls who assume that in finding God Mrs. Creasy will be found and [...]

    25. Mrs. Creasy has gone missing. Grace, who is ten years old, is worried. After a church service when the local vicar promises that God is everywhere and will keep them all safe, Grace decides that she must find Him in her neighbourhood. Her best friend Tilly seems to suffer from some illness which put her in the hospital, Mrs. Creasy is gone, her parents are unsettled, Mr. Creasy is a suspect, Whiskers the cat disappeared years ago and for some reason the man in #11 is considered to be a pariah.Th [...]

    26. 4.5 starsUtterly charming, surprisingly meaningful.Set in 1970's English midlands, in a time where neighbours actually knew about each other (too much perhaps?), during an oppressive heat wave, Mrs. Creasy goes missing. Precocious 10 year old Grace and her delicate friend Tilly decide to play sleuth around the neighbourhood, to find Mrs. Creasy, but also to find God. I just loved the chapters from Grace's point of view. So innocent, so literal, so damn funny I laughed out loud several times. I l [...]

    27. Hard work because none of the characters engaged my attention. I found it a boring read. The writing felt self conscious and over-done though every now and then there was a nice turn of phrase but the rest was often incomprehensible. The story. I don't know, two girls go in and out of people's houses looking for God (so utterly not interested in whether they found him) and Mrs Creasey (likewise). This is like reading a children's book that isn't very good. There is no mystery as such, no tension [...]

    28. 4.5Not quite thrilled with the ending. Needed about ten more pages. Felt a bit rushed. The rest of the book was a joy.

    29. I was so engrossed in this - really managed to superimpose the neighbourhod I grew up in onto the story and I loved the way the secrets slowly revealed themselves but the ending just seemed to happen too fast for me. I wanted just that little bit more, a few more pages just to tie it all up and a few more things explained. Would have been a 5 star read if it weren't for the slight sense of anti-climax that I felt when I turned the page and realised there was no more.

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