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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.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
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But even more threats to Green loom on the horizon. The state of Louisiana announces plans to close Greens schools, which will put Chris out of work and end a long-standing tradition of community pride. Lois and Chris know the loss will crush the community and harm students forced to travel more than an hour to classes. Then theres that new highway thats creeping even closer . . .
But Green has another tradition: Rallying around each other. Newspaper owner Lois, Mayor Eva, and college students unite to fight the bureaucrats, with some surprisingand unexpected results.
"This charming series will appeal to fans of Jan Karon and Philip Gulley for its homespun feel." - Library Journal
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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