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The Book of Bright Ideas
The Book of Bright Ideas
Author: Sandra Kring
Wisconsin, 1961. Evelyn “Button” Peters is nine the summer Winnalee and her fiery-spirited older sister, Freeda, blow into her small town–and from the moment she sees them, Button knows this will be a summer unlike any other. — Much to her mother’s dismay, Button is fascinated by the Malone sisters, especially Winnalee, a ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385338141
ISBN-10: 0385338147
Publication Date: 5/30/2006
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 269 ratings
Publisher: Delta
Book Type: Paperback
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obsidianfire avatar reviewed The Book of Bright Ideas on + 133 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 32
Loved the characters in this book. The author created a whole cast of people with depth and emotion. This book made me laugh out loud and cry real tears since the story is real and raw and it is easy to get lost in their lives and really feel for them. Great writing.
StacyJ avatar reviewed The Book of Bright Ideas on + 87 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
I had never heard of this author before, but I LOVED this book. It was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It was one of those where I was sad when it was over.

Told by nine year old Evelyn "Button" Peters. The year is 1961. Button has seemingly cold parents and not many friends. Her only source of affection seems to come from her Aunt Verdella, who wasn't able to have children of her own. Button spends as much time with her as possible, but it still isn't the same as having a 'best friend.' Then the Malone sisters, Freeda and Winnalee, come busting through their small country town changing everything and everyone. Winnalee is nine like Button and though they are totally different, they become fast friends. Winnalee is a fiesty little girl who carries her mother's ashes around in a jar and a big book she calls "The Book of Bright Ideas." She is trying to record the mysteries of life in the book. Her sister, Freeda, is in her twenties and wild and a little loose. She has no trouble tellin' it like it is. The men in town swarm around her and the women can't help but hate her.

Basically the book shows how just a little love can change a whole family and a small town.
book2bed avatar reviewed The Book of Bright Ideas on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
Ladies practice your Keggles excercises because you will pee your pants with this book. This book will bust your gut at the sametime it breaks your heart.

Well written easy to follow and memorable characters. It is funny how the regular lives of people contain both humor and heartbreak. I loved the little girls and their book of bright ideas....a kids way of making sense in this chaotic world by their observations of the adults in their life. The kids write their interpretations of these in there book of bright ideas. It is quite comical and mischieveous. Oh if the adults only knew!!!!! Is a testament to the intelligence of children's perceptions at such a young age! ADULTS OUR CHILDREN ARE LISTENING!!!!

There are a ton of everyday lessons. This is a dance naked in the rain kind of book.

I loved it! I would re-read this book.
reviewed The Book of Bright Ideas on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
A very quick read. A little girl and her big sister drift into a small town and make some friends and some enemies. It is the story of friendship, loss and the wonderment of childhood and how everyone has secrets. This was a really sweet book that is well written. Great Beach or vacation book!
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Helpful Score: 7
I loved this book. The characters came alive...who wouldn't want to get to know these people. Heartwarming book with a bit of a twist. It's about friendships and much more.
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bookgoddessme avatar reviewed The Book of Bright Ideas on + 106 more book reviews
What a sweet book, and the powerful story it tells about humans, and flaws, and acceptance. Strong female characters, and challenging situations. It doesn't have a "happy" ending, yet it had a hopeful ending. Excellent read.
bulldoglover22 avatar reviewed The Book of Bright Ideas on + 105 more book reviews
I ordered this book after a recommendation from a friend. I was a little disappointed, yet liked it enough to finish it. It was an easy read and relatively entertaining. I think it is more of a young adult book, yet the friendships that were cultivated and the relationships between the characters throughout this story is something any reader can appreciate.
susieqmillsacoustics avatar reviewed The Book of Bright Ideas on + 797 more book reviews
I was drawn to this book because of it's setting in 1961. It is a bittersweet tale with wonderful characters. The story is told from the perspective of 9 year old Button, a sweet, shy, scared little girl. She and those she loves are all changed by a fiery, adventurous little girl and her family. Enjoyable read.

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