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An adventurous story about love, friendship, survival


A review by Stacy Roy

Whistling Past the Graveyard, written by Susan Crandall is a heartwarming story set in the deep south of Mississippi during the 1960s. One of my many favorite books. If you read and enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees, you will most likely enjoy this book, also set in the south during the 60s.


We first meet Starla, a spunky 9-year-old who lives with her strict grandmother. One day Starla decides she wants to run away and search for her mother, who is living in Nashville in pursuit of becoming a famous music star. Starla sets off walking down a rickety road and comes across Eula, a colored woman traveling in a beat-up truck. Eula offers Starla a ride and from there they begin their adventure in which Starla learns important life lessons about love, friendship, rejection and survival.

You can find this entertaining e-book on Hoopla. It’s read by Amy Rubinate and is eleven hours and eighteen minutes long.

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