The Year of the Sawdust Man

Nissa s life has never been perfect Living in the small town of Harper, Louisiana with a mama as free spirited as hers has led to lots of gossipy small talk and mean rumors But now Mama is gone, and all the townsfolk can talk about is who she might have run off with.Nissa s memories of the Sundays her mama would come home smelling of sawdust lead her to suspect some of tNissa s life has never been perfect Living in the small town of Harper, Louisiana with a mama as free spirited as hers has led to lots of gossipy small talk and mean rumors But now Mama is gone, and all the townsfolk can talk about is who she might have run off with.Nissa s memories of the Sundays her mama would come home smelling of sawdust lead her to suspect some of the rumors could be true Did her Mama go away with The Sawdust Man And if so, does it mean she s never coming back
The Year of the Sawdust Man Nissa s life has never been perfect Living in the small town of Harper Louisiana with a mama as free spirited as hers has led to lots of gossipy small talk and mean rumors But now Mama is gone and a

  • Title: The Year of the Sawdust Man
  • Author: A. LaFaye
  • ISBN: 9780689831065
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Marissa FreemanMrs. BaltzPre-AP English 1011 December 2008The Year of the Sawdust Man by A. LaFayeHarper, Louisiana sounds like a bad place for eleven year old Nissa Bergan and her family to live, at least that is what he mama thought as she ran off. Nissa says, “Mama always came home on Sundays smelling like sawdust.” Now she wonders if the rumors are true. Nissa was a big reason I enjoyed this book. Nissa was always into things and she always has trouble waiting for her. One little boy nam [...]

    2. I liked this book and I liked the other books I have read by A. LaFaye which include Worth and Strength of Saints. I think this is a really good girl book to read.

    3. Growing up in a small Louisiana town in the 1930s, 11-year-old Nissa Bergen is impervious to the gossip that her mother is strange and a witch because Nissa adores Mama and Mama is Nissa's best friend. Sure Mama is different from the other starchy Bible-thumping ladies who frown on drinking nettle tea, bright colors, dancing in the rain and befriending "Colored" people, but that's what makes Mama special in Nissa's eyes. One Friday after school Nissa comes home to discover that her Mama has left [...]

    4. Reviewed by Hannah Marie for TeensReadTooWelcome to Harper, Louisiana, circa the 1930s. The norm is rule-abiding, conservative white folks. If you don't fit this mold, be ready to serve as the subject of town gossip and superstitions, just like the Bergen family.Ivar is caring while his wife, Heirah Rae, is both free-spirited and strong-willed. As for their preteen daughter, Nissa, she is a dynamic combination of both. The Bergens' get the unwanted attention of many, especially when Heirah Rae s [...]

    5. Nissa Bergen comes home from school one day to find her free-spirited mother gone and her mother’s favorite rosebushes picked clean of their beautiful purple blooms. She and her father are left to deal with the gossip of the small town and the stress of the ridicule of the kids at school. Everything seems to remind Nissa of the fun times she had with her exuberant mother. Nissa wonders if she will ever come back, but deep in her heart, she believes she won’t. When she hears a particularly vo [...]

    6. While The Year of the Sawdust Man could definitely be called "slow" by some, I found myself engrossed the whole way through. It seemed that on the outside, nothing much happened, but within eleven-year-old Nissa's crumpled and confused heart, years of wrestling with logic and emotion take place.When Nissa's mama leaves her and her father, she's left to wonder whose fault it is, why her mama would ever leave, and if she's ever coming back. And if she's not, how should she feel about the new woman [...]

    7. I thought this was a pretty good book. I really enjoyed reading it. I loved the plot and characters and thought they were very well written. It was interesting to read about something that was not very common for that time period. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. I can not wait until I can read the next book.

    8. I wonder why the mothers in a lot of book run away and leave their children. This book was a mystery and I was constantly wondering would the mom ever return? I saw A. LaFaye recently and she said she is currently writing a sequel and I can't wait to see where these characters are taken next.

    9. I think I read this younger than I should have. Some things were a little difficult for 5th grade me to wrap my head around. I still remember liking it well enough though. Honestly I should re-read this to write a proper review. So I'll get on thateventually

    10. I am going to start this one over. I am about half way through, but I started it a month ago and I need to refresh my memory. I am so glad that Social Studies test is over! I am free to READ again! :)

    11. It saw a thrilling story of how Nissa makes her own choices. And realizes no matter. Where she is everyone is together.

    12. Just re-read this book, I originally read this book when I was in the 5th grade, and it's just as good as I remembered!

    13. An emotionally powerful story. Ms. LaFaye writes characters so well that I wanted to strangle Nissa's mama for leaving her.

    14. This book is definitely for an older age group. It does provide a look into how a young child deals with the separation of their parents.

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