- Title: Wreath
- Author: Judy Christie
- ISBN: 9781616264529
- Page: 445
- Format: Paperback
What do you do when you re too young to be on your own but have no one to turn to Sixteen year old Wreath Willis makes a list Find a place to live Buy cheap food Finish high school Get a job Go to college Now she s finishing high school by day and squatting in a junkyard by night, flying below the authorities radar while she makes a few awkward friends and searchesWhat do you do when you re too young to be on your own but have no one to turn to Sixteen year old Wreath Willis makes a list Find a place to live Buy cheap food Finish high school Get a job Go to college Now she s finishing high school by day and squatting in a junkyard by night, flying below the authorities radar while she makes a few awkward friends and searches for an illusory good life But when a teacher grows too suspicious, Wreath is afraid she ll have to move on before she graduates Could it be this was a good life
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About this book:“Wreath Willis is finishing high school by day and living in a junkyard by night.Wreath is sixteen, alone after the death of her mother and on the run from a horrid man named Big Fun.As she sets off in search of a better life, Wreath makes a list in her trusty notebook: “Find a place to live. Buy cheap food. Finish high school.” Then she adds: “Avoid notice”—because Wreath is pretty sure most people won’t understand a teenager living alone.But it’s hard to go unno [...]
Sometimes, there's nothing greater for a reader than finding a new book that just resonates deep within. Such was the case with me and my last read - Wreath. I can't explain what it was exactly that drew me back to this book over and over again, but I knew I would not be satisfied until I completed it. :o)One thing that impressed me was that this did not feel like a young adult novel at all, perhaps because the main character had no choice but to grow up rather quickly after the sudden death of [...]
Wreath is a seventeen year old in the process of looseing her mother. when this happens she goes on the run from Frankie's boyfriend Big Fun who is anything but. Determined to finish high school and live on her own, she makes 'tiger van' her home in a junkyard and goes to Landry H.S. by day as an "A' student. The action is non-stop, with both adventures and danger. an outstanding first YA book for popular author Judy Christie!
Wreath is a unique story for a number of reasons. I'd say it's a coming of age story, but it really isn't. It's hard for me to pinpoint the exact genre because this novel can be enjoyed by any age reader. Have you ever wondered how a young girl could survive without parents and still manage to finish high school? Wreath strives to finish school, but it's hard for her because she's afraid to trust anyone or get close to them. She also wants to protect the people she cares about, but I can't discl [...]
This was the best YA fiction book that I have ever read. Wreath Willis is all alonein the world when her mother dies leaving her an orphan. Her mother wants her togo into foster care, but Wreath doesn't want that life and decides to go it alone. She gets herself into high school during the day, and squats in a junk yard nights.The thing is that she really isn't alone. The author introduces characters that willultimately change her life just as she changes theirs. The way the author writes her st [...]
This was a thought-provoking story, and I really did enjoy getting to know Wreath but there were many elements that bothered me. First of all, there were just far too many happy accidents. Wreath finds old clothes - and nothing smells?! Trust me, vintage garments are fabulous but often pungent (especially the way it's described that she finds them). And how is it that she continually finds what she needs? Didn't she look in those places already?! (view spoiler)[She enters a fashion contest, with [...]
Okay, so this is probably written for teenagersdidn't know that when I picked it up. But I liked the book. Not a lot happened for many many chapters. Her mother died, leaving her an orphan, but her mother's boyfriend is hunting her, and Wreath is trying to hide from him. Most of the book is about the unattended junkyard she lives in and a job that pays barely enough to feed her, and a few people who have taken note of her. Later things change a bit. But for whatever reason, I could hardly put it [...]
Actual Rating: 3.5I think I liked it, but have some complains about it:The girl is clearly introduced as a 16 year old, and she acts like a 12 year old. I thought that was really confusing. It would have been better if she was like a 12 or 13 year old.
Wreath is a sixteen year old girl who must grow up and live on her own when her mother dies. The problem is she’s living in a junk yard. It’s her life’s mission to complete high school and go to college, but she doesn’t want to go into foster care for the last year of high school. So she finds a small town where she can slip through the cracks until it’s time to graduate.Unfortunately, Wreath’s too wonderful to forget, and soon she has a support group of community members who care de [...]
The book starts out with Wreath trying to comfort her mother as she is very sick from an illness. Wreath's mom Frankie then dies and Wreath takes off, fleeing from her mom's boyfriend, Big Fun.The story's plot revolves around Wreath's promise to her mother, to attend college after high school. (Wreath is entering her senior year.) Frankie also thinks Wreath has called Child Protective Services to be put in foster care, but what Frankie doesn't knowturns out to be Wreath's biggest downfall and su [...]
Wreath Willis is a sixteen year old girl who is determined to have a good life. Recently orphaned, she makes herself a list of all the things she needs to do to succeed in life, despite the odds against her. With no guardians, no place to stay and no money, she scopes out the town where her mother grew up, and settles on an old junkyard for a roof over her head.One of the big things on her "list" is to avoid notice, something she does with no avail. Everywhere she turns is a complication to her [...]
Wreath was actually a surprise find at the local Dollar General store and because no matter where I go if I see they have a book selection I check it not matter how big or small.So it was a pleasant surprise to come across a book that caught my interest and held it through the entire book.Wreath is a girl who has to fight for everything she gets, including her own survival. In a world where it seems like mot of the young people are use to being handed every single thing, this girl finds herself [...]
This is considered teen fiction, but I think that a younger, mature reader could handle it. Not unlike award winning books where the protagonist faces adversity after a death. In this case Wreath's mom dies, and Wreath has promised her that she will finish high school and go to college. Her mom also thinks the girl has set it up to go into the system after her death. Wreath has no such plans. She does intend to finish high school and go to college, but decides that she will be better off by runn [...]
This story captivated me from the first page and held me until the last word.As a high school teacher, it gave me pause about the circumstances of my students' lives, even more than normal.My one small disappointment-- I'm a history and social studies teacher, so I didn't love that the teacher who most influences Wreath hated her job teaching social studies. I realize that Ms. Christie needed to give her a job she didn't like, but I hate to see social studies get dumped on when it's such a wonde [...]
Wreath kept me on my toes, whether she was running and hiding from danger or trying to blend in and not gain any attention from anyone. She proved that the strength and toughness that kept her going would not fail her, and neither did God and the people of her new community. Finding herself seemingly all alone in this world with no one to help her did not hinder her plans to keep the promise Wreath made to her mother before her mother died; to finish high school and graduate. Though she had chal [...]
Wreath was an impulse buy, was not looking for it, never even knew it existed until I saw it tucked away at our local Dollar General. It sounded interesting to me even though this is really not the genre of book I would normally read. So I decided to buy it and then read it right away. This book certainly opened my eyes to all those things we are blessed with and should be thankful for. Those things that we should not take for granted. The Author started out by painting a pretty grim picture of [...]
I just finished this book and fell in love with Wreath! I was immediately drawn into her story and fascinated with her complete determination to follow her dreams, even though she is orphaned, homeless, and living in a junkyard. I can completely identify with how goal-oriented she is, as she uses her journal to make lists to keep herself on track. I love the fictional setting of the small Louisiana town of Landry and all of the townspeople who support, encourage and grow to love Wreath. This is [...]
I really enjoyed this. ***SPOILER ALERT***Thankfully it did not linger on the part where Big Fun found out Wreath worked at the furniture store and came after her. Although I will say the book felt like a suspense book from the point that Julia goes to the Thanksgiving party and Big Fun is there (introduced to her as Fred Procell of course) all the way to the point where he comes to the furniture and finds out Wreath works there and she gets sick and then he finally attacks her when she goes bac [...]
I was given an ARC of this book, and I LOVED it! I fell in love with this sixteen-year-old tenacious girl, just as the townspeople of small town Landry, Louisiana did! It just goes to show you that if you have determination, you can achieve your dreams, and overcome every obstacle. Wreath moves back to her mother’s hometown and not only lives on her own in an old junkyard for a year, but finishes High School, and turns her boss, the curmudgeonly Miss Faye, into a delightful and caring woman. I [...]
Wreath is an excellent book that will be enjoyed across audiences. While it is promoted as Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction, it held my interest to the point that I had to finish this book the day I started reading it. Christie throws twists in the plot along the way that leave the reader wondering what else is in store for them.Wreath is a young lady that will not let life get her down, she has goals and continually finds ways to overcome adversities. Although she may not always do the 'right' [...]
This book was good, and I really liked Law and Wreath's characters And Destiny and Mitch's as well. I gave it three stars because I wish they'd gone more into what made Frankie sick, and what exactly Big Fun did Sure she tells you in the end, but it doesn't really get into much detail, which kind of annoyed me. But despite that, I was attached to multiple characters, and the plot was good. Although I am a tad confused as to why the cover art doesn't match the description of Wreath in the book?
This book is a wonderful read. It is the story of a young girl dealing with the death of her mother while on the run from her mother's abusive boy friend. She deals with grief, lack of money, and through it all keeps her sense of self-worth and her burning desire for an education. Hope for the helpless, joy for the downtrodden and her own unrelenting desire to help others are all apparent in this inspiring story.
Weath has been taught to run all of her like. It only 17, she has moved so many times that she doesn't even realize she has any family. Her mother has a worthless boy friend named "Big Fun." Without her mother to protect her from him, she is on the run again. Wreath earns a place in everyone's heart because of her determination in life, her love for friends, and because she lives in a rusty old junkyard. Read about Wreath's ups and downs toward a safe and secure life. Love you Wreath.
I was given an ARC of this book and really enjoyed it. I found this book to be great for adults, young adults and teens. A heart warming story of a girl that's forced to live on her home (in a junkyard) to finish high school. I can't imagine what it would be like to not have a home or parents and trying to survive on my own while getting through school. This amazing girl does this and so much more! I can't wait to see what's in store for Wreath next!
This book made me stop criticizing homeless people. Because of this story involving a young girl that is homeless, it made me even sadder than usual. I did not like the fact that Big Fun was so rude and mean to Frankie and Wreath, and that he followed her. The things I did like was the fact that Wreath met so many nice people to help her. And what makes me smile is that people weren't all up in her business. And if they were, it was for Wreath's good.Please rate, comment, and like
Not only is Wreath dealing with homelessness and trust issues, she is trying to graduate under an assumed name while hiding from her deceased mother's boyfriend. Christianity is very realistically present in some of the characters' lives while not being at all pushy or preachy. Engaging plot line and craftily worded: will keep you reading.
I would highly recommend Wreath. It is a really good book. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was not only in the book, but that I was Wreath. I felt like I was living her life because the details were written so well and there was so many of them. Details went from looks, where they lived, their background, smells, and their jobs and personalities.
This was the first "could be nonfiction" book I've ever been into. I was attending school in central Louisiana which was near the setting of this story and could relate to some of Wreaths issues. The story gives a good example of how strong you can be without anyone else realizing, and Wreath is a very strong independent character. Its definitely a good reread book as well.
I loved this book. You will fall in love with Wreath. She is 16 year old child when her mother dies. She lives on her own and meets a lot of really great friends along the way - even though she really wants to be a loner. Her goal is to graduate high school even though she is homeless. A great read!
EbookA young girl loses her mother, and is threatened by the mothers boyfriend. She runs, manages to live for a whole year in a junkyard. She is ready to graduate from high school but many things are in her way.
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