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Rabble Starkey [Paperback]

Lois Lowry
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

June 1 1988
This beautifully written novel tells the story of  12-year-old Rabble, who lives with her mother and  her best friend's family in a small Appalachian  town.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7 Twelve-year-old Parable Ann (``Rabble'') and her mother, Sweet Hosanna, live over the Bigelows' garage. Sweet-Ho is the hired help for the Bigelows, while Rabble is best friends with their daughter, Veronica. As the story opens, the two girls are working on a family tree assignment, and this somewhat worn device serves to introduce the characters. After a slow start, the pace picks up, but while Rabble's life is eventful enough, nothing much seems to happen possibly because the narrative is so low-key as to be almost soporific. Rabble and Veronica reluctantly befriend elderly, grumpy Millie Bellows; Veronica begins to show an interest in boys; Veronica's mentally unstable mother is institutionalized after nearly drowning her young son; and the beginnings of romance spring up between Sweet-Ho and Veronica's father. But while all this is going on, readers learn more about the secondary characters than about Rabble herself, despite the fact that she is the narrator. Although she has the potential to be a strong character, she never comes to life. The narration is littered with vernacular``So we was friends,'' ``Without no exceptions''which is annoying, although it lends a touch of realism to the story. Lowry's fans will read this despite its flaws, but it's a disappointing effort. Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Public Library, Ill.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"In this vigorous story  [Lowry] shows the full dimensions of her  talent....Surely and sensitively written...Lois Lowry  should stand up and take a  bow."--Booklist, starred review.

A  Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
3.8 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rabble Starkey May 3 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Rabble Starkey was an A++ book. One day Rabbles dad ran off with another person and left Rabble and her mom to fend for themselves. So then Rabble finds her and her mom living in the garage of a rich friends house (the Bigelows house). Then Mrs. Bigelow gets sick and has to go to the hospital. If you like suspenseful, fun to read stories than you have to read "Rabble Starkey". Another book I recommend is "Number the Stars", also by Lois Lowry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I very good book about growing up! May 18 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I thought that this was very good book.
Even though there was no specific plot,
the book seemed to be leading to something
at each word written. The book was not full of
action excitement, but it was full of the
kind of excitement that will make you cry or get
scared. To me, this was a book that even after I finished
reading the words, I had to think about
in order to finish the book.-Katharine Manning,
American School In Japan, 6th Grade
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book I ever read! Sept. 6 1996
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Rabble Starkey is my favorite book.In fact, I re-read it last night.
I felt like I knew Rabble,Veronica,Gunther,&Sweet-Ho.It was almost as though I lived in Highriver.It was so realistic and heart-warming.
I really enjoyed reading it.I recommended it to my friends,and they've
been reading it.I loved it!It was so true,so unlike anything I've read before.It was fantastic!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rabble Starkey is so disappointing Oct. 17 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was sadly disappointed that this book was written & marketed for elementary school readers. It was assigned to my 7 year old second grade daughter who is in the accelerated reader program at school.
1. What is the purpose of the paragraph describing how to "flip off" someone?
2. Could you not have left out "dumb-a.."?
3. The paragraphs regarding Mrs. Bigelow being "sewed up down there after giving birth" and "wondering how she would go to the bathroom after being all sewed up" were totally inappropriate.
4. The paragraphs about Mrs. Bigelow baring her breast standing in the middle of the pond, trying to force her 4 year old son to nurse, & baptizing him to the point of almost drowning him were more than inappropriate. Depicting her mental illness could have been told with another story.
5. Rabble sees her Mother & Mr. Bigelow kiss--do we need to promote this to our kids?
6. I understand that it was written in character dialect, but there were very few sentences that were grammatically correct.
I am not living in a shell. I do discuss life's problems with my daughter. I realize she is only 7 reading a book intended for 10 year olds. I wouldn't want her to read it then. I have insisted that the book be read only out loud to me so that I can scan ahead of her & suggest I read every now & then to be able to skip the junk. Actually it has taken her longer than normal to read this book, because she tries to correct all the grammatical errors as she reads.
I have talked with several friends & school personnel. I am requesting that the book be removed from the school's program.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book I ever read! Sept. 6 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Rabble Starkey is my favorite book.In fact, I re-read it last night.
I felt like I knew Rabble,Veronica,Gunther,&Sweet-Ho.It was almost as though I lived in Highriver.It was so realistic and heart-warming.
I really enjoyed reading it.I recommended it to my friends,and they've
been reading it.I loved it!It was so true,so unlike anything I've read before.It was fantastic!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rabble Starkey May 3 2001
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Rabble Starkey was an A++ book. One day Rabbles dad ran off with another person and left Rabble and her mom to fend for themselves. So then Rabble finds her and her mom living in the garage of a rich friends house (the Bigelows house). Then Mrs. Bigelow gets sick and has to go to the hospital. If you like suspenseful, fun to read stories than you have to read "Rabble Starkey". Another book I recommend is "Number the Stars", also by Lois Lowry.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I very good book about growing up! May 18 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought that this was very good book.
Even though there was no specific plot,
the book seemed to be leading to something
at each word written. The book was not full of
action excitement, but it was full of the
kind of excitement that will make you cry or get
scared. To me, this was a book that even after I finished
reading the words, I had to think about
in order to finish the book.-Katharine Manning,
American School In Japan, 6th Grade
10 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rabble Starkey is so disappointing Oct. 17 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was sadly disappointed that this book was written & marketed for elementary school readers. It was assigned to my 7 year old second grade daughter who is in the accelerated reader program at school.
1. What is the purpose of the paragraph describing how to "flip off" someone?
2. Could you not have left out "dumb-a.."?
3. The paragraphs regarding Mrs. Bigelow being "sewed up down there after giving birth" and "wondering how she would go to the bathroom after being all sewed up" were totally inappropriate.
4. The paragraphs about Mrs. Bigelow baring her breast standing in the middle of the pond, trying to force her 4 year old son to nurse, & baptizing him to the point of almost drowning him were more than inappropriate. Depicting her mental illness could have been told with another story.
5. Rabble sees her Mother & Mr. Bigelow kiss--do we need to promote this to our kids?
6. I understand that it was written in character dialect, but there were very few sentences that were grammatically correct.
I am not living in a shell. I do discuss life's problems with my daughter. I realize she is only 7 reading a book intended for 10 year olds. I wouldn't want her to read it then. I have insisted that the book be read only out loud to me so that I can scan ahead of her & suggest I read every now & then to be able to skip the junk. Actually it has taken her longer than normal to read this book, because she tries to correct all the grammatical errors as she reads.
I have talked with several friends & school personnel. I am requesting that the book be removed from the school's program.
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