Friday Book Share: “The Silver Star” by Jeannette Walls

Happy Friday! It’s time again for Friday Book Share. This week I’ve chosen one of my favorite reads from the past summer: “The Silver Star” by Jeannette Walls.

Friday Book Share is the brain child of Shelley Wilson. Here’s how it works:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.


First line

(Since the first sentence is so short, I’m gonna bend the rules and give you the first paragraph, which is rather interesting!)

My sister saved my life when I was just a baby. Here’s what happened. After a fight with her family, Mom decided to leave home in the middle of the night, taking us with her. I was only a few months old, so Mom put me in the infant carrier. She set it on the roof of the car while she stashed some things in the trunk, then she settled Liz, who was three, in the backseat. Mom was going through a rough period at the time and had a lot on her mind – craziness, craziness, craziness, she’d say later. Completely forgetting that she’d left me on the roof, Mom drove off.


Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, and the sisters start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Liz is whip-smart – an inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist, but when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.

Jeannette Walls has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.

Introduce the main character in three words

Bean is hopeful, protective and loving.


Delightful design


Isn’t it gorgeous?













Audience appeal

You’ll enjoy this book if you like stories about extremely dysfunctional families and people who defeat overwhelming obstacles. I think readers who have a close relationship with a sibling will really identify with Bean and Liz.


Your favorite line/scene

The scene in which Bean and Liz go looking for hickory nuts with their cousin and aunt is so profound. All but one of the trees have died. Aunt Al quotes Job 14:7 – “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease.”


Have a great weekend, everyone. If you participated in Friday Book Share this week, please post your link in the comments below!


5 thoughts on “Friday Book Share: “The Silver Star” by Jeannette Walls

    • It really is! Give it a read sometime. The author created characters who are so relatable and interesting. I was practically cheering at the end; it’s such a great underdog victory story.

      I really hope Ms. Walls writes another book soon. I liked her memoir “The Glass Castle.” “Half Broke Horses,” the book she wrote about her grandma, is in my TBR. I’d been dying to read it and I almost squealed when I found it at a used book sale.

      I will check out your FBS as well! Happy Friday!

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    • It’s probably one of my favorite weekly posts. And I’d never heard of the book either until last year when someone brought it to the first book swap group meeting my friend organized. (We meet monthly now…I’ll have a post about that coming up in the next week or so!)

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