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Where the Lilies Bloom An award winning novel about the resilience of the human spirit, the power of duty, the fragile relationship between humans and nature, and the sacrifices we make for familyMary Call has promised her dying father to keep her brother and sisters together forever in their home in the Great Smoky Mountains, and to never to take any help from strangers She is determined to keep her word and her pride No matter whatAt first she is sure she can manage Romey, Ima Dean, and Devola help gather herbs to sell in town the riches of the mountains will surely keep the family clothed and fed But when winter comes, fast and furious, Mary Call learns that the land where the lilies bloom can be a cruel and unforgiving place, and it will take than a promise to keep her family togetherThis classic coming of age story explores issues of poverty, character, and perseverance A strong option for classroom, homeschool, or independent reading

About the Author: Vera Cleaver

After her first book, The Nurse s Dilemma 1966 , most of her magazine articles and 16 novels for children were written with her husband, Bill.Together, they producedthan a dozen novels for young adults Their subject matter reveals a particular interest in mountain children who have both physical and mental problems The Cleavers were three times nominated for the National Book Award, and their novels made multiple appearances on the American Library Associations list of Notable Books Settings often mirror the Cleavers place of residence.After Bill s death, Vera Cleaver wrote Sugar Blues 1984 and Sweetly Sings the Donkey 1985.

10 thoughts on “Where the Lilies Bloom

  1. HeavyReader HeavyReader says:

    I can t believe I have been on GoodReads for over a year and just remembered this book I read it so many times when I was in middle school it was one of my favorites I loved books like this one that were about kids who had to make it in the world alone because their parents are absent for some reason In this book, the parents wer

  2. Linda Lipko Linda Lipko says:

    Written in 1969, this incredible YA book received numerous awards including a National Book Award finalist, New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year, School Library Journal Best Book, Boston Globe Horn Book Award, and the ALA Notable Children s Book.This is a touching, moving, realistic portrayal of poverty in the Trail Valley of the A

  3. Bren Bren says:

    Friends were another thing Miss Breathitt believed in and thought wonderful Friends, she said, improved talents and happiness and all of us should take care to make some Vera Cleaver, Where the Lilies BloomThis is a book about Mary Call, a strong minded young woman trying to keep her family together after the loss of her parents She feeds and clot

  4. Suzanne Moore Suzanne Moore says:

    I saw this movie years ago 1970s and never realized it was based on a book until I taught middle school and found the book Of course I had to read it with students, since I loved the movie so much I think part of the attraction was the setting, the Appalachian Mountains, but in the movie I fell in love with Mary Call Mary Call is a 14 yr old girl who is le

  5. Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance says:

    What a story Mary Call is thrust into the position of provider for the three siblings after her father sickens and dies She and her brother covertly bury him on their property, and they must keep up the pretense that he is still in the sickroom with outsiders Mary Call is a strong fourteen year old, and she courageously schemes and plots to secure the land and home

  6. Beth Beth says:

    I love Appalachian fiction, and this book ranks among one of my new favorites The authors do an excellent job of depicting the proud, stubborn, and loyal people of the region through the main character Mary Call Even though it s hard, she does what is required for the survival of her family, and she keeps her promises to her father at all costs Her pride is almost her downf

  7. Tahleen Tahleen says:

    I read this for a book report assignment over the summer before sixth grade I liked the setting for the book, very rustic plus, I love mountains and all that And looking back on it I really like how strong a character Mary Call is She does whatever is necessary to keep her family together and healthy Another book I might have to revisit one day.

  8. Lisa Sim Lisa Sim says:

    I read this book several times over as a child Definitely a childhood favorite of mine I am so glad that goodreads lists this book, as it is from the 1970s I hope it is still a classic for young adults pre teen set I would like to reccommend it to my daughter when she is older.

  9. Clarissa G. 5 Clarissa G. 5 says:

    Where the Lilies bloom by Vera Cleaver is about the Luther family struggling to survive without their recently deceased father His daughter Mary Call Luther promises to look after her family, and has to go through many obstacles to achieve her goal.Mary Call Luther has to be by far one of the best heroines I have read about so far She brushes off insults coolly, and has her family at heart, going so

  10. Rhapsody Rhapsody says:

    I read this when I was a kid Probably I loved it so much because it had such a strong female protagonist I honestly can t remember the details of when and where, but you have a group of siblings who for whatever reason have no parents but are still living in their small house in an isolated area The land lord wants to marry the oldest daughter, who s beautiful but a bit simple The second oldest girl is the on

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