Cissy Funk

Cissy Funk On the Depression era Colorado plains there s nothing but dust and empty farms It s an unforgiving background to the violence in Cissy Funk s life She s alone on a scrap of a farm with her mother and

  • Title: Cissy Funk
  • Author: Kim Taylor-Blakemore
  • ISBN: 9780060290429
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On the Depression era Colorado plains, there s nothing but dust and empty farms It s an unforgiving background to the violence in Cissy Funk s life She s alone on a scrap of a farm with her mother and brother, and her mother hasn t recovered from the death of Cissy s baby sister She s turned cold, and mean, and she s turned against Cissy, singling her out, leaving bruisOn the Depression era Colorado plains, there s nothing but dust and empty farms It s an unforgiving background to the violence in Cissy Funk s life She s alone on a scrap of a farm with her mother and brother, and her mother hasn t recovered from the death of Cissy s baby sister She s turned cold, and mean, and she s turned against Cissy, singling her out, leaving bruises and a breaking heart When Cissy s Aunt Vera turns up, with her warm hugs and pretty clothes, it looks like there just might be hope on the horizon after all Vera is determined to make sure Cissy is safe and loved, despite her sister in law, despite the hard times, despite her own fears But these hard times are than failed crops and no work There s a trouble in Cissy s family that no one is willing to tell her about, and it s threatening to bring her fragile happiness crashing down When there s nothing but dirt, dust, and the faintest glimpse of delight, Cissy has to find the strength to grab onto what she can Her family might not be what she thought it was, but maybe it can be exactly what she needs.

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    1. -An absolutely perfect novel that details life in depression era USA very well. Cissy, the main character is abused by her emotionally disturbed mother and is rescued by her Aunt Vera. They flee to Denver and meet up with Cissy’s father (who is not much better than the mother) and Vera’s dearest friend, Maxine. All is not what it seems but in the end love triumphs.

    2. I’m trying to remember why I originally shelved this—was I going through a ‘books about wide-open spaces’ phase? I really don’t know. In any case, it’s the 1930s, and for Cissy, life is grim: she lives on a struggling, dust-whipped farm with her brother and her mother, the latter of whom cannot move beyond grief.When Cissy’s aunt comes to take her away—to the big city, where Cissy’s father lives—things get easier, briefly, and then much harder. She’s a child, still, and the [...]

    3. I wanted to love this book. I adored Cissy; she was a strong resourceful young teen. But I felt like the relationships she had with the adults in the book was forced so that the author could reach the conclusion. (view spoiler)[Cissy's mother is abusive, which unfortunately is a situation that too many children have to face. In the book, Cissy's aunt has her run away from the situation which I think gives a poor message to children. Then, when the situation with her aunt is not working, due to m [...]

    4. Cissy Funk book has all the hallmarks of a classic, and it will change the lives and offer hope to the young adults who read it. That’s probably why it was a Willa Literary Award winner, the prestigious accolade named after Pulitzer Prize winner, Willa Cather. For the regular readers though, Cissy Funk is possibly one of the most endearing historical novels I’ve read in a long time! Although it seems to be positioned for young adults, I must say that as a person who has been on the planet ov [...]

    5. I was so excited to read this book. Historical fiction is my favorite; adult, YA, or junior fiction, it doesn't matter. Depression era? Even better. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry has been my favorite book for about 20 years now. I also love Out of the Dust. When I received the book, I began reading immediately. And fell in love with the story- dust storms, struggles, heart break. And then the story went off on a tangent- a move to Denver, a different kind of struggle, and several 'secrets' that I [...]

    6. A very enjoyable read. I wouldn't hesitate to read more books by this author. I won this book as part of a giveaway and probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise, but I'm glad that I did. It was easy to read because you wanted to keep reading to see how things would unfold. Great little read!

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