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Attending worship services with the Parkers, Delia gains a new understanding of church and prayer, finally responding to the community's support by asking for help. Down-to-earth life struggles combine with inspiring generosity of spirit in this uplifting debut. Gr Tucker's Ferry, WV, circa the mid- to lateth century, has the expected cast of characters: Old Red, the curmudgeonly old man who sicces his dog on anyone who tries to enter his beautifully landscaped yard; Miss Martha, the best fried chicken maker in town and all-round do-gooder,; Tommy Parker, the boy next door who is a pest but turns out to be a pretty nice guy; and Delia, the only child of a single mother who works as a waitress and barely manages to eke out a living.

Delia has her share of problems.

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Not only has a state inspector informed her mother that their house will soon be condemned, and she may have to be put in foster care, but then during a thunderstorm, the house is struck by lightning, the roof is ruined, and her mother ends up in a coma. Delia has to move in with the Parkers, the parents of Tommy, her nemesis. She takes it upon herself to fix the house, but the problems are bigger than she can handle.

While the town pulling together to help her and her mother is an expected, and perhaps somewhat cliche ending, Delia trying to deal with problems that are bigger than any child should have to face is well done. Thank you for using the catalog. To make matters even worse, with no other family to speak of, Delia is forced to move in with her nemesis, Tommy 'as-dense-as-a-stump' Parker.

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The Summer of Hammers and Angels is the story of an amazing summer in a girl's life, a summer of surprises and challenges, of shocks and recovery, of discoveries and friendship, and of loneliness and community"--P. Teenage girls -- Juvenile fiction. Friendship -- Juvenile fiction. Summer -- Juvenile fiction. Dwellings -- Maintenance and repair -- Juvenile fiction. Summary Most folks have never seen an angel. Publisher's Weekly Review Wiersbitzky explores themes of family, home, and what it means to be good neighbors in small-town Tucker's Ferry, W.

Make this your default list. Some of my favourite stories are the ones that make me cry over something heartwarming. Wiersbitzky has written a very touching novel revolving around the idea that it takes a village to raise a child. Delia and her mother have enjoyed a good mother-daughter relationship, but when Cassie Burns is struck unconscious by lightning, it is up to Delia to hold down the fort.

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Empowered by her b Some of my favourite stories are the ones that make me cry over something heartwarming. Along the way, she discovers a new set of family members just waiting to welcome her. I dare you make it through pages with a dry eye. Her writing is free of errors, and her prose is simple but effective. Jan 31, Watermelon Daisy rated it really liked it. I find it kind of weird how this short, speedy read is better than half the "full-length" novels I've come across.

The one thing which prevents me from giving it a full five-stars is how there were many times where Delia didn't sound her age -instead, she sounded younger. I realise the author wanted Delia to be a young, naive sort of girl, but it resulted in Delia just appearing plain-babyish. I think it's mainly because she still refers to her mother as "mama," which all my friends had stop doi I find it kind of weird how this short, speedy read is better than half the "full-length" novels I've come across.

I think it's mainly because she still refers to her mother as "mama," which all my friends had stop doing by the time they reached eight-years-old. We all think ourselves too "cool" for long names; we just use "Mum. It was a predictable read, mind you, but surprisingly enjoyable. This is one of those books that, if it didn't follow the predictable path, it wouldn't be half as good.

The title's pretty straightforward: The particular copy I received was from NetGalley and lacked any significant quotation marks, so it was extremely difficult for me to distinguish dialogue when it was in the story. So I'm secretly hoping the actual copy of this book wouldn't end up like the version I had for reviewing. Because believe me, it was painful to read.

Overall, this is a sweet story with a predictable but awesome plotline.

The author does a wonderful job of making sure the sweetness isn't over-the-top, which is saying a lot, because fiction seems to be filled with melodramatic moments in the twenty-first century. Nov 04, Jackie Miller rated it it was amazing. It sounds kind of cheesy to say this is a 'heart-warming story', but truthfully. I realize that this book isn't geared towards my age group pushing 30, if you must know , but I would recommend it to a person of any age. The sweet girl in the story is Delia. She lives with her mother and they are struck literally with some bad luck which lands her mom in the hospital.

As she recounts the ins and outs of their lives together, you start to get the feel that she crav It sounds kind of cheesy to say this is a 'heart-warming story', but truthfully. As she recounts the ins and outs of their lives together, you start to get the feel that she craves love and most of all attention. Her mom is normally so caught up in her own problems that she forgets the most important thing in her life. I wanted to adopt this fictional girl and take her to eat donuts with me. This book is great for Middle Grade which is the target audience , but even for adults I think it is a compelling read.

It serves as a reminder to adults that kids need our attention and how much they love the small moments. I will even divulge that there was a part at the end of the book that had me teary-eyed in a good way. Also, I don't want to forget to mention that the writing is so wonderful! Shannon Wiersbitzky has a true talent for putting into words the very spirit of a young girl. I could go on and on about how much I loved it, but I think you get the point: Jan 24, Jessi rated it really liked it.

This story is the touching tale of a girl who doesn't crumble under adversity but instead learns to believe in miracles and work for what she wants and needs. When Delia's mother goes into a coma, leaving their soon-to-be condemned house in a precarious position, Delia takes matters into her own hands, working at it as best she can.

When even her own efforts aren't enough, she turns to a higher power. This book has that light-hearted feel and hope-filled message that will draw in readers of any a This story is the touching tale of a girl who doesn't crumble under adversity but instead learns to believe in miracles and work for what she wants and needs.

This book has that light-hearted feel and hope-filled message that will draw in readers of any age. It's perfect for middle grade readers, but it really is a tale for any one who believes in miracles. I love that it touches on faith and religion in a way that is natural and organic aka - non-preachy. Reading this book was like a breath of fresh air! Oct 20, Michelle Fayard rated it really liked it. A county inspector has given the family of two only a month to repair their home or it will be condemned.

And Delia must stay in the home of her neighbor and nemesis, Tommy. When Delia and her best friend, Mae, try to fix the house on their own, they are surprised when Tommy offers to assist. This book is a comfortable, feel-good read. Jul 21, Lorriezm rated it really liked it Shelves: What a wonderful story of the days when neighbors were family. Delia's mother lay in a hospital bed in a coma.

The building inspector has condemned her home because of the lightening strike mainly, but has added many other repairs to the to-be-fixed list. The only thing Delia can think of to help her mother is to get their home back in shape so she'll have a place to come home to when she gets better. But how's a young girl like Delia going to fix a hole in the roof? This is a great summer read. It's hot and you can feel the sweat drip down your back. There are picnics and lemonade, and friends and flower boxes and, oh yes, the pond.

You'll feel good when you are done reading! Aug 13, Suzanne rated it really liked it Shelves: The cover of this book did not entice me to read it. I read it because it was on a list of reccemended titles for a selection committee I am on. I was pleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed the sad story of Delia whose mother is hit by a lightning strike and then Delia is hit by a notice to condem their home if changes are not made. While Delia's mother lies comatose in the hospital, she and her friends conspire to fix the house.

When Tommy gets hurt and it looks like the house will not be finish The cover of this book did not entice me to read it. When Tommy gets hurt and it looks like the house will not be finished, Delia appeals to the church congregation who are determined to help her. This is a feel-good book even if the ending is a little predictable.

Sep 11, Denver Foster rated it it was amazing. This is one of those books that once you start to read it, not only do you not want to put it down, but you want to tell everyone you know to buy a copy. The writter has found a way to make the reader not only involved in the lives of her character's but to be rooting for them as well. I rate this the best book that I have read in a long time. I feel that reader's from 8 to will enjoy this and I think everyone will be waiting for another book from the author.

A wonderful book with a special This is one of those books that once you start to read it, not only do you not want to put it down, but you want to tell everyone you know to buy a copy.


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A wonderful book with a special message. Aug 19, Helen rated it really liked it Shelves: This WAW nominee was a good story. Delia is very likeable as the daughter of a single mom who doesn't know how to repair their house and lets it go until it is about to be condemned.

Then her mom gets struck by lightning and is in a coma so Delia tries to fix everything on the inspector's list but finds it's just too hard for her so she asks for help at church. I'm not sure why there is emphasis on angels at first since Delia never sees one, but I guess the church comes to her aid like an a This WAW nominee was a good story.

I'm not sure why there is emphasis on angels at first since Delia never sees one, but I guess the church comes to her aid like an angel so it must be symbolic, but I don't think the kids will get it. Oct 15, Bonny rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review is based on an egalley from NetGalley. Delia's summer does not turn out as a normal summer for a normal girl.

Thanks to a lightning storm Delia finds her life flipped around and experiences a summer she will never forget. And this was a book I will never forget! I requested this one because the title intrigued me and a summary can really only tell you so much about a book without giving the important stuff away. This was beautifully written coming of age story! I hope to recommend This review is based on an egalley from NetGalley. I hope to recommend it to my library patrons! Jan 23, April rated it liked it Shelves: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review.

All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own. Really interesting tale that had my attention the whole time. The pace was wonderful and the characters engaging. Beautiful storytelling that entertained the whole time! It had really great flow and did the job of making me think at times. I love a book that taps into my emotions.

I would love to see more from this author! Definitely one to watch in the future. Dec 26, Julie Mitchell rated it really liked it. I read this because one of the students at my school loved it. She told me that she liked it even though it made her cry.

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Well, it didn't make me cry, but I loved the way the author illustrated that even in small towns, people can feel isolated. All of the characters, major and minor were well thought out and felt real. All in all this is real "feel good" book and I am looking forward to reading the companion novel.

Feb 27, Nicole rated it really liked it. If the cover and title doesn't draw you in the actual content of the book will. The story line is really good and will hold many readers attention. It has genuine believable characters that bring life to a very heartwarming novel. Well worth the read. Feb 27, Jane Healy added it Shelves: The best part of this book is the voice of young Delia Burns ringing loud, clear, and true to the fictional town of Tucker's Ferry, WV, which is not dissimilar to Jan Karon's Mitford.

Delia and her mother need help to fix up their house and property or they'll be evicted. Unfortunately, Delia's mother is struck by an accident, which leaves Delia alone to deal with the problem--until she prays aloud in church and with the help of human angels, things start to turn around. Nov 11, Kim rated it it was amazing. I absolutely loved this feel good novel. It is the sweet story of Delia, her mother and a community that comes together. It has all of the things that make you feel good: I can't wait to share this book with my daughters.

Sep 15, Suzanne Eastman rated it really liked it Shelves: Nice feel good story about a girl who begins to feel as if she is unlucky since her mother was struck by lightning, the house may get taken away and one of the people who started helping her suffers a broken leg in a fall. Children will relate to it! May 11, Brenda rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am giving this book 5 stars because it is the first book I have read based on a recommendation from my nephew Coen. It is special for that reason and because it is a sweet and touching story about hard times and good hearts.

Jun 16, Margo rated it really liked it. It truly shows how a community can help its neighbors! The main character is quite a gal! She just never gives up. A truly heartwarming story of friendships and the wonderful generosity of people helping one another. Oct 12, Andrea rated it liked it Shelves: The is a sweet early reader book.

Great for year olds. A a southern take on "Pollyanna" by Eleanor Porter, with wonderfully written characters. Feb 24, Barb Keltner rated it really liked it Shelves: Nice read for the road this weekend! May 05, Lee Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 26, Sharon Lawler rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a book about a community that comes to the aid of one of their more vulnerable residents.

It will motivate you, and will restore your belief in humanity. Oct 16, Amyjo rated it it was amazing. What a refreshing book about a community that pulls to help a young girl and her mother who is in a comma. Just a feel good kind a book! May 16, Britney rated it really liked it. What a great novella about love, friendship and small towns. Jan 19, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 19, Jan Rog rated it really liked it. A lively coming-of-age story with a heroine -- teenaged Delia -- who is flawed, courageous, humble, and kind, this book is delightful to read.

It doesn't take long to read, so I enjoyed slowing down to savor some of the passages, reading them over and again and developing a fuller character in my mind's eye each time. Because I work with many young adults, I imagined many of them facing similar challenges. With this in mind, I cheered Delia on even more as she met each hurdle with grit and creat A lively coming-of-age story with a heroine -- teenaged Delia -- who is flawed, courageous, humble, and kind, this book is delightful to read.

With this in mind, I cheered Delia on even more as she met each hurdle with grit and creativity. For me, this is a lesson about character, moral courage, and compassion. Jan 22, Carmen rated it really liked it Shelves: Per Samantha "not the best we've ever read, but pretty close.