I love, love, loved this book! It has elements of a Secret Life of Bees mixed with a little of Ramona. This is the story of Alice who moves to a new town with her mom and brother to live with their grandpa. All the characters are quirky yet realistic and I love how the dog, Clarence plays an important role in the budding relationship between Alice and Miss Millie. I will be reading this one out loud to my boys.:)
— Lorilee, Books Inc. Palo Alto
“A memorable and lovely debut.”--Kirkus Reviews
“Walking with Miss Millie is full of subtle wisdom. Its ending is satisfying though sobering and there are elements of this story that stay with you long after the last page has been read.”--Karen English, Coretta Scott King Honor Award Author
A poignant middle grade debut about the friendship between a white girl and an elderly black woman in the 1960s South
Alice is angry at having to move to Rainbow, Georgia—a too small, too hot, dried-up place she’s sure will never feel like home. Then she gets put in charge of walking her elderly neighbor’s dog. But Clarence won’t budge without Miss Millie, so Alice and Miss Millie walk him together.
Strolling with Clarence and Miss Millie quickly becomes the highlight of Alice's day and opens her eyes to all sorts of new things to marvel over. During their walks, they meet a mix of people, and Alice sees that although there are some bullies and phonies, there are plenty of kind folks, too. Miss Millie shares her family’s story with Alice, showing her the painful impact segregation has had on their town. And with Miss Millie, Alice is finally able to express her own heartache over why her family had to move there in the first place.
Tamara Bundy’s beautifully written debut celebrates the wonder and power of friendship: how it can be found when we least expect it and make any place a home.
About the Author
Tamara Bundy is a high school English teacher with a Master’s degree in writing, and is a former columnist for the Cincinnati Post (her regular column on being a mom also appeared on EWTN global Catholic radio). Walking with Miss Millie is her debut novel. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Alice's first-person narration sounds just right as she describes her relationships with family and townsfolk—and, especially, her eye-opening, heartwarming, and humorous encounters with the wonderful Miss Millie. . . . Readers will agree that walking with these excellently portrayed main characters was well worth the journey. A memorable and lovely debut.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Alice’s strong character development makes for a satisfying read.”—Publishers Weekly
“Walking with Miss Millie is full of subtle wisdom. Its ending is satisfying though sobering and there are elements of this story that stay with you long after the last page has been read.”—Karen English, Coretta Scott King Honor Award Author