The Book of Bright Ideas: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, May 30, 2006 - Fiction - 300 pages
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Sandra Kring's A Life of Bright Ideas.

Wisconsin, 1961. Evelyn “Button” Peters is nine the summer Winnalee and her fiery-spirited older sister, Freeda, blow into her small town–and from the moment she sees them, Button knows this will be a summer unlike any other.

Much to her mother’s dismay, Button is fascinated by the Malone sisters, especially Winnalee, a feisty scrap of a thing who carries around a shiny silver urn containing her mother’s ashes and a tome she calls “The Book of Bright Ideas.” It is here, Winnalee tells Button, that she records everything she learns: her answers to the mysteries of life. But sometimes those mysteries conceal a truth better left buried. And when a devastating secret is suddenly revealed, dividing loyalties and uprooting lives, no one–from Winnalee and her sister to Button and her family–will ever be the same.
  

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Cute book Somewhat, predictable ending. - Goodreads
Predictable plot turns towards the end. - Goodreads
wonderful characterization. - Goodreads
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I thought the character development was wonderful. - Goodreads
Characters drawn w insight and compassion. - Goodreads

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I'm feeling a distinct sad happiness after finishing this book. The ending was just so wonderful. This book made me long for summer! The characters will stick with me for a long while. And months, or even years later, I'll wonder how they're doing. Read full review

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User Review  - Colene - Goodreads

I so love this author's books. I love the way she gets the narratives of the charactor spot on. I so enjoyed this story through the eyes of the ten year old narrator. I plan to try to read everything Sandra Kring writes! Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
80
Section 2
107
Section 3
134
Section 4
146
Section 5
156
Section 6
165
Section 7
176
Section 8
194
Section 12
236
Section 13
241
Section 14
256
Section 15
268
Section 16
276
Section 17
288
Section 18
294
Section 19
303

Section 9
207
Section 10
219
Section 11
230
Section 20
308
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About the author (2006)

SANDRA KRING lives in the north woods of Wisconsin. She runs support groups and workshops for adult survivors of trauma. Her debut novel, Carry Me Home, was a Book Sense Notable pick and a 2005 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award nominee.


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