The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane
Maybelle Lane is looking for her father, but on the road to Nashville she finds so much more: courage, brains, heart--and true friends. Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane collects sounds. She records the Louisiana crickets chirping, Momma strumming her guitar, their broken trailer door squeaking. But the crown jewel of her collection is a sound she didn't collect herself: an old recording of her daddy's warm-sunshine laugh, saved on an old phone's voicemail. It's the only thing she has of his, and the only thing she knows about him.Until the day she hears that laugh--his laugh--pouring out of the car radio. Going against Momma's wishes, Maybelle starts listening to her radio DJ daddy's new show, drinking in every word like a plant leaning toward the sun. When he announces he'll be the judge of a singing contest in Nashville, she signs up. What better way to meet than to stand before him and sing with all her heart?But the road to Nashville is bumpy. Her starch-stiff neighbor Mrs. Boggs offers to drive her in her RV. And a bully of a boy from the trailer park hitches a ride too. These are not the people May would have chosen to help her, but it turns out they're searching for things too. And the journey will bond them into the best kind of family--the kind you choose for yourself.

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane Details

TitleThe Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherKnopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781984893833
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Music

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, did not expect to sob at my desk today but HERE WE ARE
  • Kristin Lambert
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautifully written book, both heartwarming and heartbreaking. All the characters are so whole and real, and I wish I could just hug them all! This book made me cry more than once, sometimes just from sheer pride in these courageous young characters. I highly recommend this book for humans of any age, but especially young readers who struggle with anxiety and/or overcoming fears, like Maybelle does.
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  • Lane
    January 1, 1970
    I have had a lot of trouble with middle grade lately. I was starting to wonder that maybe I was just getting too old, and the books really weren't for me anymore (which is totally fine because they SHOULDN'T be for me!) But then I read this book and I thought FINALLY. The LONELY HEART OF MAYBELLE LANE is so emotionally intelligent. Maybelle is 12 if I remember correctly, but this book doesn't take her age for granted and really seems to respect the deeply emotional and mature issues that young I have had a lot of trouble with middle grade lately. I was starting to wonder that maybe I was just getting too old, and the books really weren't for me anymore (which is totally fine because they SHOULDN'T be for me!) But then I read this book and I thought FINALLY. The LONELY HEART OF MAYBELLE LANE is so emotionally intelligent. Maybelle is 12 if I remember correctly, but this book doesn't take her age for granted and really seems to respect the deeply emotional and mature issues that young children can go through. Maybelle is desperate to know her father and this book makes that feeling real without infantalizing Maybelle's journey. As it takes place in rural Louisiana up through Nashville, it introduces realistic and mature themes in a way that doesn't feel forced but flags them as issues that middle-grade aged children can start to see, like poverty and racism and domestic violence. This book is utterly brave in how it attacks these situations. It doesn't tie up the ending in a neat bow, and to many the end may not be satisfying, but I think that's why it's so beautifully poignant. Not everything ends the way you hope, but that doesn't make it hopeless, and I think this book portrays that story so incredibly well. And of course, you can't help but love every single character. Maybelle is sweet and relatable. Mrs. Boggs is a Queen and I had no choice but to stan her. Tommy, Mama, the blonde who worked at the singing competition, just everyone. (well mostly everyone...the bad ones know who they are!). The only time I felt it went a little flat and seemed to shy away from an issue was Maybelle and her mom's relationship with blues music. They kept saying that they don't sing the blues, but merely listen to and love it, because it "doesn't belong to them." It's clear to me, as a Black adult, that they mean that the experiences of the Black artists who sing blues music don't belong to them, but I think the characters kind of tip-toe around this, when it seemed to face other racial issues (like Mrs. Boggs with the rude hotel guest) more head-on. I also thought the epilogue was a little unnecessary. The last substantive chapter has such a strong end and then the epilogue seems to drag out that WOW feeling. But since it's middle grade, I can understand wanting a definitively happy ending. But overall, I absolutely adore this book and it might just be my favorite MG contemporary that I've read. It's a book that I wish I had when I was 12 facing some of these issues but not having many books that respected the emotional intelligence of children well enough to tackle these issues. Love LOVE LOVE!!
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  • Shaye Miller
    January 1, 1970
    This was an audiobook "read" this week that was a last-minute impulse-grab. It was beautifully narrated by Catherine Taber and, at only 6 1/2 hours, it's a very quick listen. Maybelle was raised as an only child in a single-parent home. She's fascinated with recording special sounds and she collects/records them on special occasions, sorta like keeping a diary. Her mom is a singer-songwriter and has always been a bit secretive about Maybelle's father. Maybelle never met him, but she knows his This was an audiobook "read" this week that was a last-minute impulse-grab. It was beautifully narrated by Catherine Taber and, at only 6 1/2 hours, it's a very quick listen. Maybelle was raised as an only child in a single-parent home. She's fascinated with recording special sounds and she collects/records them on special occasions, sorta like keeping a diary. Her mom is a singer-songwriter and has always been a bit secretive about Maybelle's father. Maybelle never met him, but she knows his voice so well because she heard it on a voice mail recording (and listened to it over and over and over). So imagine her shock when she hears that same voice on the radio one day. She continues to listen to her dad's radio program and discovers her dad's radio station is doing a music/singing competition in Nashville. Could she actually meet her real father without her mom knowing? And next thing we know, she's loaded up and on her way to Nashville with her commanding next-door neighbor and an annoying boy from school tagging along. This road trip was my favorite part of the story because she gets to know her two travel mates in a way that never would have happened by just living next door to them. Over time, they learn more about the past. And they collectively pave a better road for each of their futures. It's written with sooo much heart -- highly recommend for middle grade readers!For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!!
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  • Brian Weisfeld
    January 1, 1970
    I loved reading this book. The literal and figurative journey of Maybelle had me hooked from the start. Maybelle overcomes a tremendous amount in her life to face her fears and open her heart. Highly recommend this one and can't wait for more books from Kate.
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  • Chris Hall
    January 1, 1970
    This book has one of the most basic stories of all time (kid who's never met a parent goes in search of them) but it just goes to show it's the specificity of character and detail that really matter. Kate O'Shaughnessy never lets you doubt even for a moment that she doesn't know this world, and the people who live in it, inside and out. The story and content are completely appropriate for children but the quality of writing makes it worth reading for any age group.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    This is a cute middle grade story about a little girl trying to meet her father. The writing reminded me of the The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. In that story a young girl can feel emotions while eating food, in this story Maybelle has a similar connection to sounds. There is no magical element but the communication of the emotions and connections Maybelle feels are so much deeper than those around her.The story follows her journey to find her father with a ragtag bunch of acquaintances This is a cute middle grade story about a little girl trying to meet her father. The writing reminded me of the The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. In that story a young girl can feel emotions while eating food, in this story Maybelle has a similar connection to sounds. There is no magical element but the communication of the emotions and connections Maybelle feels are so much deeper than those around her.The story follows her journey to find her father with a ragtag bunch of acquaintances while her mom is away working on a cruise ship. The journey finds them discovering themselves along the way. There are some heavy issues dealt with along the way but they are explored with tact and are age appropriate for middle grade. The story did not underestimate the ability for a middle grader to understand complex emotions or enjoy beautiful writing.I received an ARC of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane because the main character-Maybelle-had a fun side of her life, but she also has a sad and emotional side to her life. I found it weirdly similar to Clean Getaway by Nic Stone.
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusMaybelle and her mother struggle a little to make ends meet but are generally happy. All Maybelle has of her father is the memory of a voice mail on an old phone, but his laughter has stuck with her. When her mother gets a job on a cruise ship for a month making a great salary, the two know she needs to go, but this means that a neighbor at the trailer park (and teacher at Maybelle's school), Ms. Boggs, has to watch her. Ms. Boggs is very drab and set in her ways; E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusMaybelle and her mother struggle a little to make ends meet but are generally happy. All Maybelle has of her father is the memory of a voice mail on an old phone, but his laughter has stuck with her. When her mother gets a job on a cruise ship for a month making a great salary, the two know she needs to go, but this means that a neighbor at the trailer park (and teacher at Maybelle's school), Ms. Boggs, has to watch her. Ms. Boggs is very drab and set in her ways; she doesn't get up until 9:00, she has to have her afternoon nap, and she frequently spend time alone in a nearby cemetery and is not to be bothered. When Maybelle hears her father's voice on the radio, hosting a program, she is enthralled, and when she finds out that the radio station for which he works is putting on a singing contest, she knows she has to find some way to get to Nashville. She tries to buy a bus ticket, but ends up losing the emergency money her mother gave her. Surprisingly, when she tells Ms. Boggs about it, the teacher agrees to drive her to Nashville. It's a twelve hour trip, but they will only drive 3 hours a day. Tommy, who has bullied Maybelle in the past, has stowed away in the RV, and his parents agree he can continue the trip. The group has several adventures, including rescuing a dog from a mean owner and winning $1,000 in a scratch off lottery. Maybelle hasn't practiced any singing, picked out a song, or found an outfit for performing, so that is all worked on. Even though she almost chickens out and there are problems along the way, Maybelle eventually makes it to the contest. Will she be able to talk to her father and make him a part of her life? Strengths: Road trip books seem to be having a resurgence, and this ticks all the boxes for a good one. Disparate traveling companions, a relatable mission, amusing adventures, and a well plotted story with appealing characters. I also appreciated that the father's reaction was realistic, and that the characters weren't soggily sad.Weaknesses: It was hard to believe that Maybelle would recognize her father's voice, and this had a bit of a quirky, Southern vibe. Ms. Boggs' trajectory was also hard to believe.What I really think: I have Acampora's How to Avoid Distinction, Bauer's One for the Road, Cooney's Hit the Road, DuPrau's Car Trouble, Gemeinhart's Coyote Sunrise, Pla's The Someday Birds, Stone's Clean Getaway , McVoy's Drive Me Crazy, and Paulsen's Road Trip, and that's just a few of the road trip books I have. While I love them, my students are lukewarm about them, so I may have to pass on this title.
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  • Megan Schmelzer
    January 1, 1970
    Perfection!The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane was just perfection. From the moment I picked up this novel, I was entranced. It was heartfelt, it was meaningful, and the characters were ones that you root for.The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane is told from the perspective of eleven-year-old Maybelle. Maybelle and her mother are living in a run-down trailer. Life has had its challenges for them lately. Maybelle's mother is working two jobs and doing everything she can to keep them afloat, and Perfection!The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane was just perfection. From the moment I picked up this novel, I was entranced. It was heartfelt, it was meaningful, and the characters were ones that you root for.The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane is told from the perspective of eleven-year-old Maybelle. Maybelle and her mother are living in a run-down trailer. Life has had its challenges for them lately. Maybelle's mother is working two jobs and doing everything she can to keep them afloat, and Maybelle is spending her summers alone.Things are looking up for the mother-daughter duo when Maybelle's mother is offered an entertainer job on a cruise ship. It is for 30 days, and it will pay more than Maybelle's mom can make in months. She has to take the job. But, that means she has to leave Maybelle behind with her neighbor, Mrs. Boggs.It is during a deep discussion in the car when things start to change for Maybelle. Randomly, her mother decides to turn on the radio, and Maybelle immediately recognizes the voice she hers. She knows that voice belongs to the father she has never met. His voice is imprinted on her heart after finding a lost voicemail on her mother's phone. Maybelle's mother confirms the voice is her dad but warns Maybelle that their lives are forever better off without him in it. Maybelle cannot get that voice out of her head. She has to hear it again. Maybelle ends up pulling her little savings together to buy an old radio. She sneaks time listening to the radio whenever she is alone. Her connection to the man behind the voice consumes her, and Maybelle decides she must meet her father. She must know the real man behind the voice. Maybelle knows her chance when she hears it. Her father is going to be a judge in a singing competition in Nashville. If Maybelle can get there to sing, she knows her father will know who she is and want to be part of her plan. Her only chance to go is when her mom goes away for her job on her cruise ship. Mrs. Boggs agrees to take her to Nashville. The two head off on their cross country drive to Nashville. It doesn't take long for them to discover that the trip the two of them were taking was a trip for three. Tommy, Maybelle’s bully, has snuck along for the trip. Maybelle is devastated to see him with them. But none-the-less, the three continue on their drive to Nashville and into an adventure like none of them could ever expect.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the author for a free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.First of all, lets talk about the cover. Isnt it gorgeous?! It offers a small peek into Maybelles story and gently calls to you to step into her life. When you do, youll find your heart breaking a bit time and time again, but youll also find yourself cheering for every character as each one searches for the courage to face their fears and follow their dreams. Next, lets talk about the characters. I loved every Thank you to the author for a free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.First of all, let’s talk about the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous?! It offers a small peek into Maybelle’s story and gently calls to you to step into her life. When you do, you’ll find your heart breaking a bit time and time again, but you’ll also find yourself cheering for every character as each one searches for the courage to face their fears and follow their dreams. Next, let’s talk about the characters. I loved every one! Gemma, Maybelle’s mom who works two jobs to keep a rickety roof over their head, and loves Maybelle with all her heart, while all along dreaming of a singing career.Maybelle, who has an amazing voice of her own, spends her lonely hours recording the everyday sounds we shouldn’t ever forget and dreaming of meeting the daddy she’s never laid eyes on. She’s a girl who shares her mama’s kindness, patience and understanding of others.Mrs. Boggs, Maybelle’s neighbor who lives in a Winnebago. She’s a teacher who beneath a strict and gray exterior, has a heart of gold. She desperately misses her young husband, who died recently, and thoughtfully steps up to help when she is needed by her young neighbors.Tommy, Maybelle’s neighbor and classmate, hangs out with the mean kids and tries to hide the bruises that mysteriously appear whenever his dad is out of town and he stays with his stepmom. But he’s also the boy who can secretly fix anything, reads engineering textbooks for fun and is kind to Maybelle when she really needs a friend. When Maybelle, Mrs. Boggs and Tommy take off in her Winnebago on a road trip to Nashville to find Maybelle’s dad, the fun really begins. Not only was it an adventure for two kids who had never left their state, but it gave them all an opportunity to thoughtfully help one another gather their courage to face their obstacles and dream their dreams. They all learned some important lessons during their long trip, but none more important than the understanding that taking care of someone else not only helps the recipient, but also yourself. This is a book you’ll both race through to see what happens next, but also read slowly knowing it’s going to end before you’re ready to say goodbye. It’s a book you’ll remember for a long time. This book, out 3.3.20, is a must buy for every elementary and middle school library. Please pre-order it now! You’ll be so happy you did!
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  • Kathie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the author and publisher for sending an ARC to #bookportage for review.I was immediately drawn in to THE LONELY HEART OF MAYBELLE LANE by the first few sentences: "Most people don't think fate has a sound. But it does. Everything has a sound if you listen carefully enough." Maybelle collects sounds, and keeps recordings of the everyday ones that often go unnoticed by other people. She's never met her father, but she knows his voice from an old voicemail that her mom had on her Thank you to the author and publisher for sending an ARC to #bookportage for review.I was immediately drawn in to THE LONELY HEART OF MAYBELLE LANE by the first few sentences: "Most people don't think fate has a sound. But it does. Everything has a sound if you listen carefully enough." Maybelle collects sounds, and keeps recordings of the everyday ones that often go unnoticed by other people. She's never met her father, but she knows his voice from an old voicemail that her mom had on her phone. When she hears him on the radio one day, and discovers he's going to be judging a singing contest, she's decides to enter the contest and go to Nashville so she can meet him. Maybelle's journey to Nashville is my favorite part of the story. The relationships that develop are heartwarming, and without giving away too many spoilers, the trip reminds me of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart. Many of the characters in the story are hurting (though the story doesn't feel heavy), and become a support network for each other to face their problems. It's easy to feel connected to the characters, and I wished I could be on their trip with them.This MG debut comes out on March 3, 2020, and it feels like a great book to get into the hands of students for summer reading.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This is a journey book, and I normally hate journey books. Except in this case, the journey made sense, and wasn't the whole purpose. It was a journey of the spirit as well as a physical journey.Which makes it all sound maudlin, and it isn't, not in the least.Maybelle has heard her father's voice on the radio, a father she didn't know, and she wonders what he would think if they ever met. So she enters a singing contest in a state two states away.There is of course, one small problem. How the This is a journey book, and I normally hate journey books. Except in this case, the journey made sense, and wasn't the whole purpose. It was a journey of the spirit as well as a physical journey.Which makes it all sound maudlin, and it isn't, not in the least.Maybelle has heard her father's voice on the radio, a father she didn't know, and she wonders what he would think if they ever met. So she enters a singing contest in a state two states away.There is of course, one small problem. How the heck would she get there?There are wonderful characters in here, other than Maybelle. There is the school teacher, who lives in the mobile home park. There is Tommy, who is, not a bully, but hangs out with bullies. And of course there is Maybelle, who misses her old home, and misses having enough, and not having her mother work double shifts.Maybelle's voice is very genuine, and Tommy, the not so bad boy, is a great character, who we see grow from what she thinks he is, to what he really is.Lovely book, even if it is a journey book. Great fun. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this sweet middle grade about a young lady who goes on a journey to finds her heart and ends up doing it in the most unexpected ways.Plus, theres a dog and bi rep. Yes indeed. Really enjoyed this sweet middle grade about a young lady who goes on a journey to finds her heart and ends up doing it in the most unexpected ways.Plus, there’s a dog and bi rep. Yes indeed.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I read an ARC--what a beautiful middle grade book with a tenacious, lovable protagonist. I loved seeing May's journey, both literal and figurative. Secondary characters like Tommy and Mrs. Boggs were vivid and lovable as well.THE LONELY HEART OF MAYBELLE LANE has a lot of great descriptions of music, road trips, and the experience of anxiety disorder. There's even a cute dog! But ultimately it's a wonderful tale about discovering yourself. The book manages to be profound while never talking down I read an ARC--what a beautiful middle grade book with a tenacious, lovable protagonist. I loved seeing May's journey, both literal and figurative. Secondary characters like Tommy and Mrs. Boggs were vivid and lovable as well.THE LONELY HEART OF MAYBELLE LANE has a lot of great descriptions of music, road trips, and the experience of anxiety disorder. There's even a cute dog! But ultimately it's a wonderful tale about discovering yourself. The book manages to be profound while never talking down to kids. This is a wonderful addition to the MG canon.
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  • Jen Petro-Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Just lovely.
  • Cassie Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    A story built on finding the courage to sing even when it causes you to panic; to speak even when it makes you nervous; to forgive, even if it was the most hurt youve ever felt. A story built on finding the courage to sing even when it causes you to panic; to speak even when it makes you nervous; to forgive, even if it was the most hurt you’ve ever felt.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    A girl seeking her father, a grieving teacher, neighborhood bully with his own secret, and a farting dog take a trip to a singing contest in Memphis that changes all of their lives. Sweet and funny with terrific characters that rise above the cliches to make this a throughly charming debut. O'Shaughnessy handles voice, character and setting with a veteran's aplomb and I completely enjoyed the journey. There is so much here that young readers will relate to and appreciate and I was rooting for A girl seeking her father, a grieving teacher, neighborhood bully with his own secret, and a farting dog take a trip to a singing contest in Memphis that changes all of their lives. Sweet and funny with terrific characters that rise above the cliches to make this a throughly charming debut. O'Shaughnessy handles voice, character and setting with a veteran's aplomb and I completely enjoyed the journey. There is so much here that young readers will relate to and appreciate and I was rooting for all the characters.My only criticism lies with the epilogue which takes the entire following year and summarizes it in a few pages - more like a report. The wonderful voice loses its flow here and takes on a rather rushed and slightly wooden feel to it. The events chronicled are lovely and happy for all but the writing faltered . Better, I think to have simply stopped after Chapter 29 and let readers project the warm future for themselves. Overall, Kate O'Shaughnessy did an outstanding job with her debut book and I will eagerly seek out what she writes next.
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  • Kristi Wright
    January 1, 1970
    Full of heart, brimming with lovable characters, beautiful writing... This book spoke to my soul. I fell in love with the main character, Maybelle Lane, who collects sounds, has a beautiful singing voice she's afraid to use, and will do anything to finally meet the father she's never known. The secondary characters were just as lovable, especially Mrs. Boggs, a teacher who takes Maybelle under her wing and helps her pursue her dream. And of course, adorable Pickle, the raggedy, scared, stinky Full of heart, brimming with lovable characters, beautiful writing... This book spoke to my soul. I fell in love with the main character, Maybelle Lane, who collects sounds, has a beautiful singing voice she's afraid to use, and will do anything to finally meet the father she's never known. The secondary characters were just as lovable, especially Mrs. Boggs, a teacher who takes Maybelle under her wing and helps her pursue her dream. And of course, adorable Pickle, the raggedy, scared, stinky little dog who knows just how to burrow into everyone's heart. I laughed, I cried. Loved this book and can't wait to read more from this author!
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  • Amanda Novak
    January 1, 1970
    In this debut novel by Kate O'Shaughnessy, Maybelle Lane has never known her father. Raised by a single mother, all that she has of him is a tape from the answering machine. After hearing his laugh on a radio in Nashville; Maybelle joins with her middle school English teacher, a boy from the trailer park and a handicapped dog to enter a singing contest and travel to meet him. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to overcome their fears or anxieties and learn how to stand up for themselves In this debut novel by Kate O'Shaughnessy, Maybelle Lane has never known her father. Raised by a single mother, all that she has of him is a tape from the answering machine. After hearing his laugh on a radio in Nashville; Maybelle joins with her middle school English teacher, a boy from the trailer park and a handicapped dog to enter a singing contest and travel to meet him. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to overcome their fears or anxieties and learn how to stand up for themselves to really shine.
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  • Katherine Rothschild
    January 1, 1970
    (Review by Kara, ten years old)I read the book "The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane" by Kate O'Shaughnessy. It's about how Maybelle and Tommy and Ms. Boggs go on a road trip to Nashville for a singing contest. Two things I liked as a reader was how at first Maybelle didn't know anything about Tommy or Ms.Boggs, but then she does. And, how at first Tommy was a stowaway sleeping in the bathroom. This book will appeal to those who like adventures and fun places. This book will also appeal to fans of (Review by Kara, ten years old)I read the book "The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane" by Kate O'Shaughnessy. It's about how Maybelle and Tommy and Ms. Boggs go on a road trip to Nashville for a singing contest. Two things I liked as a reader was how at first Maybelle didn't know anything about Tommy or Ms.Boggs, but then she does. And, how at first Tommy was a stowaway sleeping in the bathroom. This book will appeal to those who like adventures and fun places. This book will also appeal to fans of "Inside out and back again". I highly recommend this book for 4th and 5th graders!
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    "Most people don't think fate has a sound. But it does. Everything has a sound if you listen carefully enough."That's 11 year-old Maybelle Lane, the wonderfully endearing main character of this beautifully lyrical story about a young girl desparate to meet the father she's never known when she hears his voice on the radio. This book is a gorgeous exploration of strength, understanding, patience, forgiveness, and healing. Highly recommend for both children and adults.
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  • Taylor Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was such a sweet book. At first I was a little worried because it follows the same storyline that I've read a lot recently (young girl who just HAS to accomplish some task in a far away place without their parent(s) knowing) but this one was very well done with a loveable cast of characters.
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  • Lizzy
    January 1, 1970
    I love this! A heartwarming road trip story about 12 year old Maybelle who enters a singing contest in Nashville to meet her dad (a radio DJ judging the contest) for the first time. Talks about panic attacks, grief, abuse, race (all done in a really respectful manner and written for kids). Maybelle needs to learn the courage in her heart and that even when you feel lonely, you are never truly alone.
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  • Anne Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Cute and interesting story involving a young girl...It had an interesting plot and the characters were likable.It was sad at one point but, the story redeemed itself at the end.Thank you Good Reads First Reads for an advanced copy of this book.
  • Auburn Library
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really sweet book. I enjoyed getting to know Maybelle and Ms. Boggs. Its a nice edition to that genre of realistic middle grade fiction where everyone learns something and grows in the end.-Renee
  • Wendy Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet, sweet book. Lovable and well-developed characters, engaging story and excellent writing.
  • Cynthia Dana
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet coming of age story about a girl searching for her dad. While that meeting doesn't work out the way she envisioned it, she has great adventures and makes new friends along the way
  • Corissa
    January 1, 1970
    It felt like a bit of a slow start but was overall a moving story.
  • Celeste
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun middle reader with end seating characters. Believable-not so much but I didnt care because I loved the characters and their stories. This is a fun middle reader with end seating characters. Believable-not so much but I didn’t care because I loved the characters and their stories.
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