Saving Wonder

Mary Knight


Saving Wonder

Saving Wonder

  • Title: Saving Wonder
  • Author: Mary Knight
  • ISBN: 9780545828932
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Hardcover



Having lost most of his family to coal mining accidents as a little boy, Curley Hines lives with his grandfather in the Appalachian Mountains of Wonder Gap, Kentucky Ever since Curley can remember, Papaw has been giving him a word each week to learn and live Papaw says words are Curley s way out of the holler, even though Curley has no intention of ever leaving.When a neHaving lost most of his family to coal mining accidents as a little boy, Curley Hines lives with his grandfather in the Appalachian Mountains of Wonder Gap, Kentucky Ever since Curley can remember, Papaw has been giving him a word each week to learn and live Papaw says words are Curley s way out of the holler, even though Curley has no intention of ever leaving.When a new coal boss takes over the local mining company, life as Curley knows it is turned upside down Suddenly, his best friend, Jules, is interested in the coal boss s son, and worse, the mining company threatens to destroy Curley and Papaw s mountain Now Curley faces a difficult choice Does he use his words to speak out against Big Coal and save his mountain, or does he remain silent and save his way of life


Recent Comments "Saving Wonder"

When I first opened Saving Wonder I could have never guessed what a treat I was in for. As soon as I finished this book I took Curley's example and enthusiastically broadened my vocabulary. Now every week my mom gives me a new uncommon word to use.All of the characters were so intriguing. They all had rich back stories, quirky personalities and compelling feelings. Before long, I knew them as my friends.Books are all about the right words. That's the reason that I love them so much. And Saving W [...]

Because I often think that juvenile fiction is better written than many adult novels, I was happy to find this one to be especially relevant. I was able to read this page turner in 24 hours as I fell in love with the characters who were naturally and believably portrayed by the writer. The book educates about important issues like heritage, preservation of natural resources and relationships while intertwining a wonderful story of kids coming of age.Of course, this book was wisely chosen by Pre [...]

This felt a little forced to me. The fact that they lived in a world where they could trust a handshake and yet there is Internet and computers and YouTube videos. Totally unrealistic. I liked the words for each chapterbut it felt like they were picked just for the speech at the endor some of them were forced into the speech. Well intentioned, but not my favorite. Almost gave it just two stars. But Curley and his relationship with Papaw bumped it to three. That part was well done.

Eight words that I never thought would come from my keyboard: The love triangle in this book is adorable.Normally, I hate love triangles with the stomach-churning fire of a thousand ultra-spicy burritos. Love triangles are disrespectful. If someone is in a relationship, then stop pursuing them. If you’re leading two people on, then make up your mind and knock it off. I have a hard time rooting for any character who creates a love triangle.I can (mostly) forgive the love triangle in this book b [...]

Saving Wonder brings believable characters to life in a setting that is both familiar and beloved. I am delighted when Appalachian children have chance to recognize themselves inside the pages of a good book. The strength of words as a way to negotiate problems and find expression for the plethera of emotions that children experience is brought home in each chapter. I love coming of age books and this book sends a message that is relevant for children and adults. Opportunities for discussion and [...]

Now, I was told that this book had a terrible ending. Maybe having a such a high expectation for a terrible ending was the reason I didn't think the ending was honestly bad at all. Anyway, I liked it. The overall theme of the books is that words can hold a lot of weight if you let them. It's a good theme, and the story was captivating enough. I was entertained. Worth reading, it won't take long.

This is a junior fiction book with a very big message about the power of one. I gave it a five because of the message as well as the writing. I loved the characters, their passion for their mountain and words. I also loved the beautiful lesson of words. It mades me want to try try doing this myself - my kids are grown - but even through text we could do a word a week. Sadly - language and the power of words is often overlooked these days. Tweets, social media and texts have abbreviated our commu [...]

Oh, this book!This is a stay-up-too-late, ignore-the-dishes, lunchbreak-in-the-sun kind of book.I could SEE the Appalachians, the hollers, the coal dust, and even the HOPE as this story infolded. It was a lovely book, and I enjoyed it immensely.I hope that there ISN'T a sequel, because this story was perfect. That noted, I sincerely hope that the author publishes other works. She is a phenomenal writer.

Really strong middle grade novel. A boy and a girl are the best of friends. When the mountain they love is in danger from a coal company, they get busy to protect it. Lots of great life lessons in this story. A beautiful relationship between a boy and his grandfather.

This book starts out a little slow but quickly speeds up. This book expands you knowledge about words, how to use them and how to use them in your life. This book has one simple message be true to who you are, whether people like it or not!

such an empowering read. blown away by this one.

Saving Wonder is a book about a boy named Curly Hinds. After most of his family is killed in coal mining accidents, Curly moves in with his Papaw or grandfather in the Appalachian Mountains of Wonder Gap, Kentucky. Each week Papaw gives Curly words from the dictionary to study. The rule is Curly has to use the word at least once during the week. Life seems joyful until a new coal boss takes over at the local mining company. Curly's best friend, a girl is liking the bosses son, and even worse the [...]

This was a good book and it honored the complexity of many issues facing Kentucky as they relate to Big Coal. I thought the author did so in a respectful way; acknowledging the way of life coal makes possible for many families alongside the horrors of mountaintop removal. The characters were well-developed and the plot was interesting. The device of the "word of the week" was clever. Life in some parts of the state is still a mix of the old ways and modern times, and I thought this was also well [...]

Combing poverty, politics, and family dynamics amid the rich backdrop of Appalachia, this debut novel by Mary Knight will capture your heart and soul.The main character, Curly lives with his grandfather in Kentucky. They have a very close bond and a mutual love for nature. They are struggling with the coal company who is trying to clear cut their mountain. Curly, through the magical power of words and two of his best friends attempt to stop the cutting.The characters rich personalities coupled w [...]

What a beautifully written story! The characters are well-developed, their relationships are genuine and tender, and the rich themes woven throughout are ripe for reflection. Each chapter is titled with a letter of the alphabet corresponding to a new vocabulary word that the main character Curley is incorporating into his life. Readers will be inspired by the efforts of three friends to make a difference in the world. Highly recommended for middle school and high school.

Sweet, but powerful young adult book. The author gives us a view into rural Kentucky and how the lives of high schoolers have been shaped by the coal industry. I loved the gentleness of the story, but the powerful currents running through the chapters. It seemed believable without being sensational. Hope Mary Knight returns to give us a glimpse as to how the characters' lives unfold.

I really enjoyed this story of a boy who finds his power in words, love and friendship. It's a lovely read with a powerful message of just how important our words are.

Good story but too repetitive

"Saving Wonder" by first time author, Mary Knight, is a selection for the Chapter and Verse Book Club's mock Newbery discussion in November.I enjoyed the book immensely but think it falls short in a few areas.Seventh grader, Michael Weaver (Curley) Hines, lives in the Appalachian Mountains in Wonder Gap, Kentucky. Coal mining has cost him his father, mother, and sister. He is living with his grandfather, Papaw, when the coal mining company that provides a livelihood for most of the citizens of W [...]

Too bad. This book started out as a 4.5. I loved the idea. Truly. Curley is a youngster living with his grandfather in the backwoods of Appalachia. Knowing that education is his way out of poverty, Curley's grandpa challenges him to improve his vocabulary one word at a time, moving through the ABCs each week. I loved that. Curley is in effect building his own personal dictionary. The reader's exposure grows right along with him. When Curley's mountain home is threatened by big coal, he decides t [...]

Saving Wonder is a unique book, truly. The love triangle in the novel is adorable, and the trio is great. As someone who was born and raised in Kentucky (Fisherville/Louisville instead of Wonder Gap, but still,) the talk of coal mines and the Appalachian Mountain has always been prominent. Curely, Jules, and JD work together as a team (despite their dislike for each other at times) to save the part of their lives they've always known (or in JD's case, his new life.) The chapters being labeled a [...]

Definitely good for discussions, especially about environmentalism, friendship, and consequences (good and bittersweet). Excellent points about the power of words, voice, and conviction. I also appreciate how it didn’t sugarcoat how hard living in coal country is for a lot of folks, without making it sound like one long, thankless drudge that another book I read recently did. As a kid who grew up in Appalachia, I really appreciated that. All around a very good book. Not sure is the Native Amer [...]

While I really loved this book, I believe that it is better suited for a junior high audience because of some of the topics and relationships. The character development is well done and the story centered around mining in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky is engaging. The reader really bonds with the narrator, Curley Hines, a seventh grader living with his grandpa because the rest of his family has been lost to the mines in one way or another. Curley is growing up and beginning to have diffe [...]

Mary Knight uses the classic fish-out-of-water middle school situation to kick off the novel Saving Wonder. Curley Hines, a middle grade student who loves extensive vocabulary and wildlife, is the type of character in which most of us feel we can relate. He struggles with many of the same problems we do; from surviving middle school to mending relationships. However, Curley is faced with one uncommon problem- he must defeat the coal industry. When a local coal company threatens to abolish Curley [...]

This was a nominated title for a mock Newbery discussion. It is a first book for the author. Generally, I felt it was well written with interesting characters, setting, and environmental plot element. My biggest quibble was the use of the alphabet and words as a plot device. It got old by the half-way point, and it felt like the author was stressing part of the time to write a chapter to fit the word. The love triangle was also a distraction. Generally I liked it, but I'm not sure it's award mat [...]

This book captured my attention both with its description and gorgeous cover art by Jim Tierney. Knight draws the reader into the story of Curley and Red Hawk Mountain with words that function as more than momentum, but as a means of self-discovery. As Curley finds his voice amidst the threat of Big Coal, the reader cannot help but feel as if they are standing on the mountain with him, fighting for its existence - everything that Curley has ever known. I think this book is a fabulous addition to [...]

Saving Wonder by Mary Knight is a great book for 3-6 grade readers. It would be a great book to read to the class or make the class read sections every night. I would give them quizzes that pertain to the fun vocabulary that the book is filled with. His vocabulary is what saves his home town! Most students do not like to learn vocabulary words, but this book shows them a new way of looking at the importance of learning new vocabulary.

It started off great and I was so excited by the author’s creativity in using the chapters to highlight Curley’s vocab words given to him by his grandpa. But I thought it kind of fell apart toward the end. A little too predictable and perhaps overdramatic for me. But it was definitely worth the time to read. I appreciated the message regarding the power of words and the importance of standing up for what you believe in.

I read this with my son, and I found it a sweet book to read together. The author created several interesting characters. Papaw and Curley's relationship made the book worth reading, and the word of the week is now something I'm thinking about doing; however, I'm bothered by a few elements of the story. I'm from the Appalachian mountains and grew up around big coal, and the author's take on a coal town seems incongruent to the reality of the Kentucky hollows. Even though I was pulling for the ki [...]

SO goode power of words and the excellent relationship between grandfather and grandson. The story is good, the characters so believable and real. Magnificent writer. A lovely inside look at a middle school boy's thoughts about his changing feelings toward his longtime friend, a girl - and how he handles (or not) her interest in another boybut the book is so much more than this!


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