Item description for Billie Of Fish House Lane by Meredith Sue Willis...
Overview A twelve-year-old girl attempts to understand and accept her affluent, white cousin while living in a multiracial, eccentric family.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Jan 30, 2006
Publisher Montemayor Press
ISBN 1932727027 ISBN13 9781932727029
Availability 0 units.
More About Meredith Sue Willis
Willis published her first story when she was fifteen years old. She dropped out of college to become a VISTA volunteer in Norfolk, Virginia, then returned to college. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Barnard College and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University.
Meredith Sue Willis currently resides in South Orange Shinnston, in the state of New Jersey.
Reviews - What do customers think about Billie Of Fish House Lane?
Parents, Hide Your Car Keys Aug 12, 2006
Like the other reviewer quoted here, I was surprised by many aspects of this contemporary children's book. Beyond the obvious (knowing references to illicit drug use), it is far grittier -- and far more richly imagined -- than most of the kids'-lit I recall from my own childhood. (The protagonist lives under a highway near a disused canal, for instance.) At times, as in a dreamlike episode during which two pre-teens very calmly take a car from the garage of a parent and drive around the neighborhood at night, BILLIE OF FISHHOUSE LANE transcends the genre altogether, bringing to mind great books about children for adults such as THIS BOY'S LIFE by Tobias Wolf and Jamaica Kincaid's ANNIE JOHN. Recommended.
For adults too! Feb 28, 2006
I had not read a children's book in many years, but as an admirer of author Willis, I decided to read it... what a surprise! OK, I expected, "Jane goes to school. Dick goes to school. They write numbers and figures on the blackboard..." Ha! "Billie" is nothing like that. What a great plot... Billie is a gal from a mixed marriage, so in the middle of two worlds. She interfaces with both and it makes for a great story, the kind you're real sorry to come to the end. Thanks author Willis, hope you follow up with more on Celia, "Neighbor" and Eutreece. You could go far to break down any remaining "racial" barriers!