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Abingdon Press / 2011 / ePub
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Lois and Chris are eager to settle into a calm married life, but that won't happen. While Green continues to recover from a horrendous tornado, the state of Louisiana announces plans to close Green's schools, citing poor academic performance and the area's shrinking population. Lois and Chris know the loss will crush the community and harm students forced to travel more than an hour to classes.
Despite warnings from her coach husband, Lois gets in the middle of the controversy, butting heads with a new teacher, who appears to be a spy for bureaucrats, and pushing the state Legislature with Mayor Eva and Molly, who walks to Baton Rouge in protest. The hotshot consultant sent in to monitor the school is none other than Mayor Eva's long-ago, almost-forgotten ex-husband, mixing up Eva's renewed friendship with Dub McCuller. The district's legal woes bring attorney Terrence to town, much to Dr. Kevin's delight. The highway continues to creep forward, raising more doubts about the future of Green, and Lois learns that to make lasting changes, she will have to refuse to conform but be transformed.
Green survived a tornado, but now the town faces a new stormone that threatens the schools!
"A tender tale filled with community, friendship, and love. Judy Christie creates characters you'll want to know and places you'll want to be. Don't miss your chance to rally round with the Gang from Green!" -- Lisa Wingate, National Bestselling Author of Larkspur Cove and Dandelion Summer
"Have you gone to Green yet? If not, you're missing out on all the fun. Think small southern towns are boring? Then visit Green, Louisiana and get to know Lois and Chris and their friends, families and ... animals! First, it was Gone to Green, then Goodness Gracious Green, then the Glory of Green and now it's time to Rally Round Green. Politics, potluck, storms, secrets, meth labs and remodeling, dogs and more dogs, and oh yes, chickens. Can't forget the chickens. Rally Round Green is the best Green book yet! What are you waiting for? C'mon on down to Green and find out what all the fuss is about!" -- Lenora Worth, author of Hometown Sweetheart
Judy Christie, after working as a journalist for twenty-five years, left the daily news business to open a consulting firm that works with individuals, businesses, and churches on strategies for meaningful life and work, including goal-setting, living fully, and balancing personal and professional lives. She is the author of Gone to Green, Goodness Gracious Green, and The Glory of the Green, all part of the six-part Green fiction series, Hurry Less, Worry Less; Hurry Less, Worry Less at Christmas; Hurry Less, Worry Less for Moms; and co-author of Awesome Altars. Judy and her husband live in northwest Louisiana. You can learn more about her at: www.judychristie.com.
In Christies next installment in the ongoing Green series, theres no rest for the weary townspeople of Green, La., after a devastating tornado. An educational consultant sashays into town to close down Green High, whose students arent meeting state benchmarks. Consultant Marcus Hillburn has a very willing helper in Priscilla Robinson, a snake-like new administrator at the high school. Meanwhile, newlyweds Lois Barker Craig and her husband, Chris, a teacher and coach at the high school, are having their home rebuilt; a high school student sustains a serious injury; and a few bad pennies depicted in previous books return to the action. Christie has developed a sweet community, with dogs that can be depended on for comic relief and assorted quirky townspeople with varying histories, squarely in the vein of Jan Karons Mitford or Charlene Baumbichs Partonville. Christie is capable of more depththere is some subtle and believable redemption taking placebut Green fans will rally to this next edition for newspaper owner Lois and her smalltown friends. (Nov.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
Rally 'Round Green by Judy Christie focuses on a small-town newspaper owner named Lois Craig. Green is a little town facing the devastation of having its only high school shut down forever. Lois Craig, with her basketball coach husband Chris and a full cast of local citizens, fight to save their alma mater. That is not all, however, for Green is also recovering from a disastrous tornado that has torn the town apart and killed several of Loiss dear friends. The high school is still standing, and the townsfolk need something to remind them that some form of heritage and stability yet remains in their town.
Lois starts out simply as the wife of a school teacher and then becomes the headstrong leader of the protestors. An abundance of friends assists her including Chris, her loving husband. Priscilla Robinson, the antagonist, is the woman working to close Green's school. Loiss newspaper staff consists of a few rambunctious college students, balanced out by some wise older women whom Lois relies on. The main characters grow enough throughout the book to make them believable, and their struggles and frustration against the executive legislature's decisions are relatable.
Lois Craig and her newspaper staff decide to use the full force of their publication, The Green Item, to fight the school's closing. The tiny paper becomes the driving force in unifying the community to retain the school. Along with this, the newspaper covers many heartfelt scenes, such as the christening of a new church to replace the one destroyed by the tornado and the graduating ceremony of what may be the last class to finish at Green High School.
The book is written in first person, from Lois's point of view, which means the reader spends plenty of time in Lois's head. This is an advantage because her complex character and personality are revealed in her thoughts and circumstances. Her strengths lie in her desire to see Green recover from the tornado and move forward again. Her weaknesses derive from the fact that many of her decisions are spontaneous, shallow, and immature. She has energy, honesty, and love, but she often lacks depth, wisdom, and logic.
Although the plot is interesting, the format of this book makes it difficult to read. Each chapter tends to jump from one period of time in the story to another. There are also several loose ends that are not resolved by the end of the book. Even for a book that considers itself part of an on-going series, unresolved issues can displease readers. The characters are developed adequately throughout the story, but the author presumes that readers have read the prequel to this novel, so she fails to provide back stories for key characters.
Rally 'Round Green is light reading; it is enjoyable to see whether or not Lois will succeed in rallying the town to save their school, and several of the characters are amusing. However, the plot lacks diversity and the central character does not show much in the way of change and growth because of the experience of the story. For lovers of series, go back and do book one before you start this new novel. Elizabeth de Graaf, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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