This is a delightful little tale! Sissy, the narrator, tells us how she’s always caught up in her parent’s drama. She’s spunky and maybe a little rambunctious, and a little Southern tomboy right down to the bone.
Her father drinks to excess, which leads to arguments in the house. Both parents attempt to pull her into the arguments and bully her into taking sides. But, Sissy has an escape; a big tree out front of the house from which she can observe the comings and goings of the entire neighborhood. One neighborhood character becomes a target for Sissy’s revenge. It’s interesting to see how it all plays out as we learn whether Sissy’s plans work or go awry.
There’s a great deal of humor in this story, but there’s also a great deal of pain just under the surface. Thanks to her environment, Sissy seems to be somewhat hardened and no-nonsense, well beyond her youthful eleven years. I really enjoyed reading this story and I particularly liked how Biller told it using the local dialect. Despite the bad grammar, or perhaps because of it, she has written a very endearing story. I was actually disappointed to reach the end. I’d really like to hear more of Sissy’s adventures! I recommend this story very highly!
I received a copy of The Tree in the Front yard from the author for review purposes.
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