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Kid Konnection: With a Name like Love

December 3, 2011

Olivene “Ollie” Love’s father is a traveling preacher, so she travels from town to town with her parents and four sisters.  Ollie longs to settle down and make friends, but the rest of her family is happy with their nomadic lifestyle.   The Loves arrive in Binder, Arkansas and Ollie is sent to pass out flyers inviting people to the service.  She encounters a young man, Jimmy Koppel, whose mother is in jail for murdering his father.  His mother signed a confession, but Jimmy’s sure she’s innocent.  Ollie believes him and is determined to help her new friend prove his mother’s innocence.

With a Name like Love, by Tess Hilmo, is a sweet, heartwarming family story for middle grade readers.  It’s a story of love, loyalty, and determination.  It’s about the sacrifices and compromises that are part of family life.  It’s about the bonds that hold family and friends together.

Ollie is a fabulous character.  As the oldest child, she’s fiercely loyal to her family, but longs for connections outside of it.  When she meets Jimmy and sees the predicament he’s in, she’s determined to fight for justice, and doesn’t let the fact that she’s thirteen deter her.  She enlists the help of Jimmy, her family, and Mrs. Mahoney, a resident of Binder who has befriended her family.  She’s a strong young woman and I really enjoyed her unwavering spirit.

The Loves were a great family, but they weren’t perfect.  I appreciated the fact that there was some jealousy between the sisters, but they were there for each other when it really mattered.  I also appreciated the fact that the Love parents listened to and respected their children’s opinions.

Since Ollie’s father is a preacher, there is a light Christian undertone to the book, but it’s not preachy at all.  I think young readers will love the mystery aspect of the story and learn a thing or two along the way.  This warm hearted story is one that both boys and girls should enjoy!

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week,  leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2011 8:15 am

    I loved the idea of this book…another one to order!! 😀

  2. December 3, 2011 8:43 am

    This sounds sweet and good. I love the title too. Great review.

  3. December 3, 2011 8:56 am

    This sounds like a great sweet read. I’m always a fan of realistic family portrayals. Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. December 3, 2011 9:21 am

    This looks very sweet – I love the title and cover!

  5. December 3, 2011 9:35 am

    This does indeed sound like a wonderful read, and I bet it’s something both Melissa and I would enjoy. I like that it’s subtly realistic as well. It sounds like it would be a great read!

  6. December 3, 2011 9:41 am

    This sounds like a wonderful book!

  7. December 3, 2011 10:35 am

    I love the title of this book. I’m going to put it on my shopping list for Christmas.

  8. December 3, 2011 12:45 pm

    I adored this book and especially loved the father/daughter relationship between Ollie and Everlasting Love. It was tender and real and very Atticus and Scout-like.

    This is also my favorite cover of the year. Just gorgeous!

  9. Angie S. permalink
    December 3, 2011 2:18 pm

    Since my family is very close, books with strong family bonds appeal to me. I can relate to the characters and feel their same emotions. Looks like a great read!

  10. December 4, 2011 12:04 am

    Thanks for your review Kathy! I really need to get to this one and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! 🙂

  11. December 4, 2011 8:56 am

    A heavy subject for kid’s book

  12. December 4, 2011 10:57 pm

    Looks sweet. I like when the Christian tones are there, but subtle.

  13. December 5, 2011 6:22 am

    I enjoyed this one. Part Christian fiction, part mystery, part coming-of-age story. It was very sweet!

  14. December 5, 2011 1:45 pm

    Thank you so much for the read and review — I am thrilled you enjoyed Ollie’s story. Having readers connect to these characters has been, by far, the most rewarding part of this (nine year!) process. Writing a novel is a labor of love and I am so grateful for kind people who are willing to celebrate the journey. Thank you again — and happy holidays!!!

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