My Louisiana Sky Book Trailer Assignment

A young girl learns a difficult lesson about the bonds of family in this drama based on the novel for young adults by Kimberly Willis Holt. Tiger Ann Parker (Kelsey Keel) is a girl growing up in the small rural community of Saitter, LA, and she's not especially happy with her life. Her mother (Amelia Campbell) suffered brain damage after a childhood accident that significantly reduced her IQ, and her father (Chris Owens) is "slow" and has trouble reading and writing, which has made Tiger Ann the subject of a lot of cruel taunting from her classmates at school. When Tiger Ann's Aunt Dorie (Juliette Lewis) offers to let her stay with her in the "big city" of Baton Rouge, the young girl is eager to see what the world has to offer beyond the city limits of Saitter. But Tiger Ann soon discovers that leaving her home and family behind is not as simple as she imagined. My Louisiana Sky also features Shirley Knight; actor Adam Arkin directed, in what was his first feature-length project.

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    Drama, Kids & Family

  • Directed By:

    Adam Arkin

  • Written By:

    Anna Sandor

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    Showtime Networks Inc.

Presentation on theme: "Kimberly Willis Holt Slide Presentation To advance slides press “Page Down” key or click mouse To go to previous slide press “Page Up” key (twice) By."— Presentation transcript:


2 Kimberly Willis Holt Slide Presentation To advance slides press “Page Down” key or click mouse To go to previous slide press “Page Up” key (twice) By Steve Anichowski January 19, 2000

3 Kimberly Willis Holt Interview with the Author:

4 My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt Kimberly Willis Holt’s first novel, My Louisiana Sky, was named an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. It also received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for Fiction as well as the Josette Frank Award for fiction (given by The Bank Street College of Education).

5 My Louisiana Sky Middle-Grade Fiction Ages 9-12; Grades 5-8

6 My Louisiana Sky Tiger Ann Parker wants nothing more than to get out of the rural town of Saitter, Louisiana--far away from her mentally disabled mother, her "slow" father who can't read an electric bill, and her classmates who taunt her. So when Aunt Dorie Kay asks Tiger to spend the summer with her in Baton Rouge, Tiger can't wait to go. But before she leaves, the sudden revelation of a dark family secret prompts Tiger to make a decision that will ultimately change her life. Set in the South in the late 1950s, this tender coming-of-age novel explores a twelve-year-old girl's struggle to accept her grandmother's death, her mentally deficient parents, and the changing world around her. It is a novel filled with beautiful language and unforgettable characters, and the importance of family and home. (Publisher: Henry Holt, 1998)

7 My Louisiana Sky 4 Booklist 1999 Editors' Choice 4 American Library Association –1999 Best Books for Young Adults (YALSA Division) 4 Reviews reviews/0805052518/ref=pm_dp_ln_b_1/002-2291584-3246620 reviews/0805052518/ref=pm_dp_ln_b_1/002-2291584-3246620 4 Read Chapter One

8 When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt When Zachary Beaver Came to Town is the winner of the 1999 National Book Award For Young People's Literature.

9 When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Middle-Grade Fiction Ages: 10-15; Grades: 5-9

10 When Zachary Beaver Came to Town The red words painted on the trailer caused quite a buzz around town and before an hour was up, half of Antler was standing in line with two dollars clutched in hand to see the fattest boy in the world. Toby Wilson is having the toughest summer of his life. It's the summer his mother leaves for good. The summer his best friend's brother returns from Vietnam in a coffin. And the summer that Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, arrives in their sleepy Texas town. While it's a summer filled with heartache of every kind, it's also a summer of new friendships gained and old friendships renewed. And it's Zachary Beaver who turns the town of Antler upside down and leaves everyone, especially Toby, changed forever. (Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 1999)

11 When Zachary Beaver Came to Town 4 Winner of the 1999 National Book Award –National Book Award Homepage 4 Reviews 4 Press Release 4 Read Chapter One

12 Mister And Me by Kimberly Willis Holt Illustrated by Leonard Jenkins Recommend Age Range: 7 to 11

13 Mister And Me When Leroy Redfield starts taking her momma dancing, Jolene won't call him anything but Mister. Without a name, he can't really be a whole person to her. The last thing she wants is somebody coming along trying to fill the space her daddy left when he died. But then Jolene learns that big, loud Mister wants to marry Momma, and when she gets the chance to hurt him, she acts. What will Momma do when she finds out? And will she marry Mister anyway? Kimberly Willis Holt has written a poignant, humorous story about change and acceptance, and a little girl who ultimately gives name to what she wants most. (Publisher: The Putnam Publishing Group, 1998)

14 Mister And Me 4 Horn Book Review reviews/039923215X/ref=pm_dp_ln_b_1/002-2291584-3246620 reviews/039923215X/ref=pm_dp_ln_b_1/002-2291584-3246620 4 School Library Journal Book Review WBC4JJA&mscssid=XGDBS3XCRVS12GHX001PQU6AVNFG303D&srefer=&is bn=039923215X WBC4JJA&mscssid=XGDBS3XCRVS12GHX001PQU6AVNFG303D&srefer=&is bn=039923215X

15 Forthcoming: 4 Dancing in Cadillac Light –(G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

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