Hi folks, I’m back again with some more thoughts on The Little Giant of Aberdeen County that Toni from A Circle of Books and I are are chatting about this week. Wow, this book doesn’t disappoint. It is truly one of those novels that is hard to put down. You just have this urge to get right back to it when you do. Do you feel the same Toni?
Truly has certainly found a place in my heart. I think it would be impossible not to love her yet there seems to be a lot of folks in Aberdeen County who manage it. Her new teacher, Miss Sparrow, for one. On Truly’s first day of school this woman pulls her and her sister aside and tells Truly she needs to see the doctor because there must be something wrong with her-a girl just can’t be normal looking like she does. The woman is awful.
There is still Mrs. Pickerton who amazes me with her meaness. When the girl’s father passes she is more than happy to take Serena Jane but tells Truly that there is no room for someone the likes of her at their house. Even better, this is the Reverend’s wife. Truly ends up on the farm with the Dyersons and I don’t think that’s such a bad idea after all.
What really grips my heart the most is how Truly feels about herself. She describes herself as ‘goggle-eyed, pucker-lipped, chin upon chin upon chin’; so unlike her extraordinarily beautiful sister Serena Jane. Yet Truly seems comfortable in her own skin. Most times she feels Serena Jane will break she is so perfect. I think Truly from a child is a strong girl, maybe because she’s never had any other choice.
I’m excited to move on in the novel which is what I will do as soon as I send this post. I’m at the point now where Truly is being forced to go back to school by the evil Miss Sparrow and even her sister is ignoring her. How must a child feel that her sister was taken in by a good family and given everything she wants and she is left to a poor one? And why are people so mean? It surprises me that Truly is not angry and yet she doesn’t seem to be, at least not yet.
Make sure to pop over to Toni’s post today and see what her thoughts are. If you missed our chat from yesterday you can see mine here and Toni’s here. Please make sure to pop in tomorrow as we continue on in this journey of Truly’s.
Yes Dar I feel the same “the book does not disappoint.” I loved your detailed comments today…
I can’t figure out things about the Doctor yet… hummmmm…..
Matter of fact.. I am off the computer and snuggling up with a Giant tonight. Catch you tomorrow evening.
I really like it when you do these chats. 🙂
I will have to check this book out.
Toni, I probably run off at the lips way too much in these chats but I just can’t help myself. lol.
Jill, these chats are fun. I said to J.Kaye before that they seem like a mini book club meeting to me.
Serena, it’s a good one-from Hachette. There will be a giveaway coming up soon.
Oh and the part with the mirror?? I could have kicked Miss Sparrow! 😛 I really admire Truly for how she handles all of the criticism and snubs–I think she is a lot stronger than even she thinks she is.
Trish, Miss Sparrow was so mean. She had no business being a teacher at all. Truly amazed me with how she handled everything. She almost seemed to think it was just what happened when you looked like she did. She’s such a likeable character.