The Book of Bright Ideas

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Random House Publishing Group, 2009 - Fiction - 370 pages
Wisconsin, 1961. Evelyn “Button” Peters is nine when Winnalee Malone and her sister, Freeda, blow into 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. In this summer of dry heat and family upheaval, loyalties will be tested, unlikely alliances formed, and devastating secrets revealed. And when it’s over, no one–from Winnalee and her sister to Button and her family–will ever be the same.
 

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Some people come into your life like a thunderstorm. That is how I feel about this book. It is a thunderstorm filled with loud thunder, lots of lightening, and fierce wind. And that is how Freeda and ... Read full review

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This story told in a child's voice touched the wonder and belief in my own heart. The interaction of the well-developed characters and their impact on each other brought me right into their world. I found the book easy to read, but very thought-provoking. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
18
Section 3
31
Section 4
47
Section 5
61
Section 6
72
Section 7
89
Section 8
98
Section 16
211
Section 17
232
Section 18
247
Section 19
261
Section 20
274
Section 21
282
Section 22
288
Section 23
306

Section 9
117
Section 10
130
Section 11
145
Section 12
162
Section 13
176
Section 14
188
Section 15
198
Section 24
320
Section 25
330
Section 26
344
Section 27
352
Section 28
363
Section 29
368
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\Sandra Kring lives in Wisconsin. Her debut novel, Carry Me Home, was a BookSense Notable Pick and a 2005 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award nominee. The Book of Bright Ideas was a 2006 Target Bookmarked™ selection and was named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list in 2007.

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