Item description for Fear of Spiders by John. E. Cother...
What if it was the summer of 1965, you were fourteen, and your father abandoned your family and your mother drank herself to death? What if during this one crazy summer you fell wildly in love with a girl?
From their tiny Mississippi hometown to the mountains of North Carolina, JT and his sister, Lesi begin a series of adventures, sometimes hilarious and other times frightening--and JT falls in love, but not before their lives take a dangerous and harrowing turn when brother and sister are attacked and seriously injured by an intruder when their aunt leaves them alone for a night to return to her job as a nurse.
On the journey to understanding their deceased mother and to finding the father who abandoned them, JT and Lesi discover much more--they find themselves and a new life in the process--and celebrate the miracle called the human spirit.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher Behler Publications
ISBN 1933016272 ISBN13 9781933016276
Reviews - What do customers think about Fear of Spiders?
Courtesy of Teens Read Too Feb 6, 2008
It is the summer of 1965, and JT is scheming ways to increase his measly allowance of $1.25. His sister, Lesi, is a year older and gets $2.00 a week. How is a man supposed to survive with only a $1.25 to his name?
After several of his "get-rich-quick" schemes fail, JT is pleasantly surprised when, out of the blue one afternoon, their father hands him an envelope. His father tells JT that it is for he and Lesi because he loves them. Inside the envelope are two crisp five dollar bills.
Those five dollar bills take on a whole new meaning when, one week later, their father is gone.
Since their mother has done nothing but drink herself into a stupor for years, Lesi decides it is time to call Aunt Lily. When she arrives, everything changes. Soon JT and Lesi find themselves traveling with Aunt Lily to Tupelo on an adventure. Unfortunately, when the adventure is over, they return home to discover their mother has died of alcohol poisoning.
Funeral arrangements are made, and there is some discussion of moving JT and Lesi to live with their grandmother; however, it is clear that the children are closer to Aunt Lily, and she agrees to move the short distance from her home to live with them. Life is good until one night while Aunt Lily is at work, a man breaks in and brutally attacks Lesi. Nearly fourteen-year-old JT finds himself acting as the man of the family as he saves his sister from certain death.
FEAR OF SPIDERS is a detailed account of JT and Lesi's journey from innocent children to world-weary survivors. John E. Cother tells their story with elaborate description and rich dialogue, giving readers a generous view into the lives of two brave young people.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
Love it!! Jul 23, 2006
I instantly feel in love with J.T and Lesi, as this brother and sister stuggle to figure out why things are happening to them so will you. I finished the book in four days because I just couldn't wait to see what happened to them next!! I's a wonderful story of a brother and sister bond that no one can intrude on.
Magnolias and Fireflies May 23, 2006
John Cother has captured the small town Mississipppi life that, I, like JT and Lesi, experienced in the summer of 1965. Reading Fear of Spiders is like taking a walk under the magnolias, capturing fireflies in a Mason jar and drinking iced tea at the kitchen table. JT and Lesi, though siblings, are much like good friends from any small town where everyone knows each other's names, problems, joys and sorrows. Some might consider the trials that JT and Lesi face during that fateful summer to be a bit exaggerated, but folks from the South know that heartache and sadness are as much a part of life as sultry nights and lazy days. The books is a delightful read with just enough humor thrown in to make the reader believe again in the innocent exuberance of youth. Set to the strains of the Beatles' nostalgic "Yesterday," you'll find it hard to put down Fear of Spiders.
Wondering where dad is........... May 11, 2006
Life is not kind to all, as written by Mr. Cother, this wonderful story about a failed husband/wife relationship and the two kids it affected. Not quite knowing or understanding their fate, they ponder in detail as to how they shall cope after several life twisting events befall them.
While set in a small Mississippi town, during the hippie 60's, it could be any small town in the country, however you'll have to understand what a muscadine is.
Mr. Cother demonstrates his talent for understanding children entering adolescence with his story about a brother (JT) and Sister (Lesi) that will twist your emotions from one page to the next, while they experience several trials in life at a very early age.
Waiting for Book 2!!! Mar 7, 2006
This was an unbelievable book! I found myself making my child go to bed 30min early just so I could hurry and start reading. J.T. and Lesi captured my heart quicker than any characters from any other book. I literally laughed outloud reading some of J.T.'s comments......but that was one of the reasons I did fall in love with him. This book was quite an emotional roller coaster and I will admit I got angry somewhat when certain misfortunes befell them. I believe this is a great read for any person.....whether from the South or not. Be prepared to laugh your head off on one page and cry your eyes out on the next. Great job Mr. Cother!!! I'm ready for Book #2. Hope its coming soon!!!