Making a Beeline Home
Making a Beeline Home describes a year in the lives of the two main characters, Bobbie and Allie, ten year-olds who live in a rural community in Arkansas in 1941. While this book is fictional, it is based on the lives of many real people, real places, and many actual events. The chapters alternate with one chapter focusing on Bobbie and the next on Allie, but the lives of these two characters intertwine since they both attend the same two-room school together and live in the same small community. Readers of this book will be moved to tears by the sorrows and hard times experienced by the characters and their family members and rejoice at the closeness of family and community. Actual photographs accompany the text creating a closeness of the reader to the characters. The author interviewed actual characters from the book and included some of these primary source quotes at the beginning of each chapter.
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Allie and Winna Allie looked Allie loved Allie’s Audie Aunt Ollie baby began Betty birthday biscuits Bobbie asked Bobbie knew Bobbie smiled Bobbie’s boys buckets chicken Christmas climbed Cody Daddy’s desk didn’t know door dress eyes face felt Ferris wheel fire front girls gotten grandma and grandpa hadn’t hair hand hard he’d head hole Huett inside Jack kids kitchen laughed Let’s Mama and Daddy Mama’s Mammoth Springs Momma morning mouth necklace never night Okay Oletta Patsy picked pocket porch possum pretty pulled remember reunion ride sawmill Schauffler Sears and Roebuck seemed she’d Shoemate shoes side sister sitting smiled Stephens stick stood stove sure they’d things thought Thurman Tommy Walkers took tree truck Uncle Horace walked wanted wasn’t watched Willie Winna and Allie wonderful