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The Healing Spell

Author: Kimberley Griffiths Little

Interest Level:
3-7

Lexile Framework:
800L

Grade Level Equivalent:
5.3

Guided Reading Level:
Z

Age:
8-12

Subject:
Parents, Living with Illness and Disabilities, Determination and Perseverance

About This Book

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Eleven-year-old Livie is living with a secret and it's crushing her. Livie is terrified when her father insists that they bring her comatose mother home from the hospital. How can she look at, much less touch and care for, Mamma when she alone knows that she caused her illness? Stuck in the middle of three sisters, hiding a forbidden pet alligator, and afraid to disappoint her daddy, whom she loves more than anyone else, Livie struggles to find her place within her own family as she learns about the powers of faith and redemption

As Mamma continues to languish in bed, Livie grows more and more estranged from her family, a chasm that begins to close only after she gathers her courage to visit the local traiteur, who gives her the formula for a healing spell. As Livie collects the spell's necessary ingredients, she begins to open up to the knowledge that she is loved and cherished by her family. Little explores the extremes of childhood guilt and its consequences in this harsh yet well-crafted story about fully drawn people. The bayou, with its rich culture, is an atmospheric character that overlays the story with mystery and dread.

Livie's powerful, emotional, and sometimes humorous story will stay with readers long after the last line is read. Set in the lush bayou of Louisiana, Kimberley Griffiths Little brings Livie's story to life with power and grace.

Listen to Treater Woman by Bet Fonua, a song inspired by The Healing Spell

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