Trouble the Water

Frances O'Roark Dowell

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Trouble the Water

Trouble the Water From the award winning author of Dovey Coe comes a sweeping tale of the friendship between a black girl and a white boy and the prejudices they must overcome in segregated Celeste Kentucky as the pa

  • Title: Trouble the Water
  • Author: Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • ISBN: 9781481424639
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the award winning author of Dovey Coe comes a sweeping tale of the friendship between a black girl and a white boy and the prejudices they must overcome in segregated Celeste, Kentucky, as the pair try to solve the mysteries surrounding a lonely old dog.Eleven year old Callie is fearless, stubborn, and a little nosy So when she sees an old yellow dog wandering aroundFrom the award winning author of Dovey Coe comes a sweeping tale of the friendship between a black girl and a white boy and the prejudices they must overcome in segregated Celeste, Kentucky, as the pair try to solve the mysteries surrounding a lonely old dog.Eleven year old Callie is fearless, stubborn, and a little nosy So when she sees an old yellow dog wandering around town by itself, you can bet she s going to figure out who he belongs to But when her sleuthing leads her to cross paths with a white boy named Wendell who wants to help, the segregated town doesn t take too kindly to their budding friendship.Meanwhile, a nearly invisible boy named Jim is stuck in a cabin in the woods He s lost his dog, but can t remember exactly when his pup s disappeared When his companion, a little boy named Thomas, who s been invisible much longer than he, explains that they are ghosts, the two must figure out why they can t seem to cross the river to the other side just yet And as Callie and Wendell s search for the old dog brings them closer and closer to the cabin in the woods, the simmering prejudices of the townspeople boil over.Trouble the Water is a story that spans lifetimes, showing that history never truly disappears, and that the past will haunt us until we step up to change the present and stand together for what is right.

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    1. Dianna Winget on said:

      This is an honest and engaging story of an interracial friendship in pre-civil rights Kentucky. It offers some important and thought provoking perspectives for young readers to consider. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    2. Jan on said:

      This was one terrific read about an interracial friendship between a black girl and a white boy during the time before the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky. The story spoke to me in ways I really can't describe other than I just really loved everything about it. And the fact that so much of the story centered around a beautiful and aging dog made it all the more heartwarming.

    3. Mary Louise Sanchez on said:

      It's 1953 and eleven-year-old Callie wants to learn who the yellow dog that's wandering her Celeste, Kentucky town belongs to. She's determined to write an article for the local black newspaper once she does her detective work. Callie wants to learn the dog's story so she heads towards the river, while a white boy, Wendall, is following his own leads about an old hidden cabin near the river, when they meet. They join forces for the day to search for the dog and the cabin. What Callie and Wendall [...]

    4. Sam on said:

      Huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for this ARC!This was a book that wasn't on my radar at all and it was sent to me unsolicited. I am a sucker for dogs being on the cover of books and this book is a few things: it's a story of a dog becoming loved, two children from different sides of the fence becoming friends, and an issue of racism that is being propelled in segregated Celeste, Kentucky.I adored this book and I loved it's approach to a tougher middle grade subject matter. The frie [...]

    5. Addison Children's Services on said:

      Both Callie and Wendell are curious about the old dog who's been wandering around their town of Celeste, Kentucky, but neither knows who the dog belongs to. An almost invisible boy named Jim knows the dog is his, but no one seems to realize Jim exists, perhaps not even Buddy, his dog who tried to save him on that day long ago. The trouble is, Jim can't really remember that day. He doesn't know why he keeps drifting back to the old cabin in the woods. And why does the other boy in the cabin keep [...]

    6. Yvonne Stewart on said:

      This book has all the elements to keep a young reader engaged. It does a great job of introducing racial inequality and how it can affect children. The plot has mystery and historical elements as well. Slavery is discussed in an effective but not brutal manner. I think it's just enough to get a reader interested in learning more about the history of slavery. I really like the character of Callie: strong, sassy, and smart.

    7. Bluepersuasion on said:

      Wow!! I loved this bookI could barely put it down. It's everything kids love: dogs, ghosts, investigating! Very well-written and engaging!

    8. Diane on said:

      "Sometime you have to trouble the water, Callie."In Celeste, Kentucky there is "An uneasy peace between white and colored." But that is about to change. They have built a swimming pool, paid for with taxpayer's money, but open to whites only. Into this turbulent time come two characters who play change agents without even really realizing it. Callie Robinson is an African American girl full of spunk and fire. Her policy is that "someone gave you grief, you had to give grief right back." Her pare [...]

    9. Gwyneth on said:

      In this work of magical realism, a young African American girl named Callie sets out to uncover the mystery surrounding a stray dog and an abandoned cabin in the woods in the town of Celeste, Kentucky. Set in 1953, during segregation, Callie crosses social boundaries when she develops an unlikely friendship with a young white boy named Wendell. By the end of the story, the duo finds that together they just might be able to accomplish what feels impossible. Without any illustrations, Dowell relie [...]

    10. Alli Burke on said:

      This quiet and powerful story is about a time in history when the smallest thing would cause a big problem. This story took place 1953 Kentucky, when segregation is still alive, and a white boy, Wendell, and black girl, Cassie became quick friends while following a mysterious old dog, even though they know they aren't supposed to be seen together. Dowell is able to build up the ending in an optimistic way and gives hope to the readers in a realistic way, which is why it is considered a magical r [...]

    11. Eva B. on said:

      this book wasn't the best i didn't like it. It wasn't very organized

    12. Lill on said:

      The author does a good job of putting you in rural Kentucky in the 50's and 60's through the eyes of children with the support of adults. The book is listed as one for 9-13 year olds but good for a wider age group. The newspaper editor is a special, thoughtful person.

    13. KWinks on said:

      Trouble the Water introduces readers to two very brave characters who are trying to solve two mysteries: what is up with the cabin in the woods and where did that old dog come from?In pre-Civil Rights Kentucky the colored folks and the white folks get along "okay" as long as no one troubles the water. When a young colored girl and a white boy team up to find the owner of an old dog, it leads them to troubled water of a different kind. This story is historical fiction at it's best: a small slice [...]

    14. Ingrid on said:

      This book is set in 1953 in Kentucky when blacks and whites don't mix, but Wendell who is white and Cassie who is black strike up a friendship while wandering around the woods and finding an old dog. I liked the part about their friendship and their wanting life to fair for the black residents of the town, but there is also a story line involving children who are ghosts and are connected to the history of the town. I thought that part detracted from the main story.

    15. Barbara on said:

      The authorial voice in this book is strong, sure, and filled with sympathy toward her characters and the plights they face. Over and over as I read this story, I could hear the Southern dialect, with its particular rural Kentucky flavor ringing out loud and true. I liked eleven-year-old Callie Robinson and her feisty ways, bringing to mind in many respects one of my all-time female protagonists, Cassie Logan from Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Both girls lived in rural parts of t [...]

    16. Sally Kruger on said:

      TROUBLE THE WATER is set in Celeste, Kentucky, in 1953. The whites and the blacks get along as long as they know their place. Whites tolerate blacks using the front doors of town establishments, but the black children go to their own school and the town swimming pool is for whites only.Eleven year old Callie doesn't think too much about the different treatment of blacks until the day she finds the old, yellow dog. That dog and an abandoned cabin in the woods bring her together with a white boy n [...]

    17. Kelly Snyder on said:

      This is a really good book about a terrible time in American history. Set in pre-civil rights Kentucky, Trouble the Water is a book that makes the reader think about the past and how it affects us today. Callie is a young girl of African-American Heritage and Wendell is young white boy. Both live in the same town, but Callie has witnessed a lot more hate and prejudice the Wendell could ever image. Enter an old yellow dog, his boy who died ten years earlier and young escaped slave who died more t [...]

    18. Nancy Cavanaugh on said:

      LOVED!! Amazing characters with wonderfully authentic voices!

    19. Paula on said:

      Celeste, Kentucky is a quiet, segregated town. One day an old yellow dog wanders in and 11 year old Callie wants to find its owner. What she finds is a mystery and an unlikely friendship with a white boy (Wendell)from the other side of town. Why this dog comes back will melt your heart. He belongs to Jim, an almost invisible boy who lives in a cabin in the woods with a little boy named Thomas. These boys just want to find their way home, but it's not that easy because of their "situation". As th [...]

    20. Bethe on said:

      Bookaday #79. 5 stars. So much more than a dog story as hinted by the cover art. Ghosts who may or may not know they are ghosts. Underground Railroad . Pre civil rights Kentucky. Lazy summer days setting well described in the storytelling style. Thoughtful & spunky characters, conscious of racial divide in town but wondering why they just can't be kids. Have a Kleenex ready for chapter 25!

    21. Ms. Yingling on said:

      I was enjoying this until we had the boys who were ghosts and couldn't eat. It's hard to get my students to read historical fiction, and I think this will not only make it harder to get them to read about Civil Rights, but they will then doubt the information about the movement even though it's perfectly okay. I almost wanted notes at the end of the book, too. Just somehow not what I wanted.

    22. Sharon on said:

      interesting read on racisim in the south error p.265 "Called stopped dead in her tracks" doy. the girl's name was actually CALLIE

    23. Tracy Holland on said:

      Story of overcoming segregation in Kentucky. Different voices tell the story of two kids of different races (Callie and Wendall) coming together because of a dog and an abandoned cabin in the woods. Through their sleuthing, they discover the story of a boy named Jim (now a ghost) and his dog.

    24. Martha on said:

      The old yellow dog links a white boy and colored girl in the 1950's with the two invisible boys in the old cabin that once housed runaway slaves. As the old dog finds his boy, he also leads members of the community to the brink of questions about discrimination and fairness.

    25. Debra on said:

      A very human look at race relations in the South in the 1950's and 60's.

    26. Corleen Piazza on said:

      This is an adolescent novel but I enjoyed it. Interesting and an easy read. Somewhat in the genre of historical fiction. Great character development.

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