Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel

Twelve-year-old Stevie's world changes drastically when her parents are tragically killed and she is forced to live with her estranged grandfather at his run-down motel. After failed attempts to connect with her grandfather, Stevie befriends the colorful motel tenants and neighbors. Together, they decide to bring some color and life to the motel by planting a flower garden Twelve-year-old Stevie's world changes drastically when her parents are tragically killed and she is forced to live with ...

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Title:Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel
Author:Kimberly Willis Holt
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1627793240
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel Reviews

  • Peg
    Sep 12, 2018
    Stevie is a great narrator, very candid with real and sometimes raw emotions. Nice mix of supporting characters, mostly adult. Of her two main contemporaries, Frida is much more developed. Her aunt's family is a little too good to be true, but lots of fun! All but Frida are good role m...
  • Becky
    Jul 19, 2017
    Bloom where you're planted (or making the best out of your situation) is easier said than done. Take it from thirteen year old Stevie. Stevie was named after her parents favorite singer - Stevie Nicks. Stevie was living happily with her parents in New Mexico. They had a great plant bus...
  • Kristi Bell
    Aug 05, 2017
    Stevie's world is turned upside down when a drunk driver plows into her family's plant and garden stand and kills her parents. She then rides the bus to live with her grandfather, the only relative that she knows about and knows very little about him. He is quiet and runs the Texas Sun...
  • Samantha
    Jun 15, 2017
    After Stevie's parents die tragically and unexpectedly she moves from New Mexico to Texas to live with her maternal grandfather. The move is hard for Stevie who really loved her life in New mexico and it is made harder by the distance she feels between herself and her grandfather that ...
  • Kristyn Stimach
    Oct 08, 2017
    I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. I did enjoy this book and it was easy to get into with how written it was. The transition from chapter to chapter was seamless and your heart goes out to Stevie who loses her parents at a young age. I do think this novel would be perfect fo...
  • Chris
    Jul 19, 2018
    Definitely another winner by Kimberly Willis Holt! Though touched throughout with sadness, it isn't a sad story. It's about blooming where you're planted, making the best of everything, seeing the good things there are to see, and learning from the mistakes of your parents and grandpar...
  • Mary Sanchez
    Jun 24, 2017
    After Stevie's world crumbles when her parents are killed in an accident in New Mexico, Stevie is sent to live with her maternal grandfather, whom she has never met, in his run-down Texas Sunrise Motel. She gradually makes the most of her situation and blooms where she is planted. ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 29, 2017
    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Stevie's parents are both killed when a car hits their produce stand, so she must leave New Mexico to live with the grandfather she has never met in Texas. He runs a decrepit hotel, and has quite an interesting staff. Stevie is not sent to the...
  • Lonna Pierce
    Jul 26, 2017
    Stevie is a natural-born gardener, taking after her parents, who own a farm stand in Taos, New Mexico. When a drunk driver kills them both in an instant, Stevie's life is shattered. Sent to live with a grandfather she had no idea existed at his shabby Texas motel, she unravels the secr...
  • Anne
    Jun 24, 2017
    This YA book was one I enjoyed from cover to cover. Stevie, the 8th grade protagonist, tells her story in the first person. It starts off with Stevie on a bus headed for Texas to live with the grandfather she never met, nor knew she had because her parents died in a freak accident in T...
  • Yapha
    Nov 04, 2017
    Stevie's life is a happy one, living with her parents on their small farm, raising herbs and flowers to sell. She doesn't ask questions about their past, for fear of upsetting her parents. But when her parents die suddenly, she is sent from her home in New Mexico to a small town outsid...
  • Rachel Rooney
    Oct 14, 2018
    A 2019-2020 Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 4-6). After her parents die in a tragic accident, Stevie is forced to go live with a grandfather she has never met in Texas at his motel. Stevie befriends the residents and staff at the motel, but her grandfat...
  • Thomas Bell
    Feb 08, 2018
    This is a solid book. Maybe it's bad of me, but I was quite disappointed in her parents. The author tried to redeem them at the end, but it didn't work. Anyway, the main character, Stevie, is a 13-yr old girl who loves gardening among other things. Then her parents get killed, as pe...
  • Judy Lindow
    Jan 27, 2018
    OK. Not beautiful writing, but easy to read. Young girl looses parents, meets family she's never met, and grows to love the people her parents loved/who love them - but for reasons not entirely clear - had become isolated from each other. Nothing especially horrible (thank goodness) ha...
  • Davina
    May 09, 2017
    Right off the bat this is yet another book that deals with dead parents, so it was already working its way up from a negative. Overall I thought this book was ok. The other characters in the motel add some interest to this book, but in general I felt like this little girl was almost to...
  • Erin Logan
    Jun 22, 2017
    Stevie spent her childhood loving life on her parents' flower and herb farm dancing to records and never knowing much about any other family. During middle school, an accident takes both her parents, and Stevie is sent to live in Texas at a motel with her closest living relative, her e...
  • Hannah Fjeld
    Aug 15, 2018
    Though I definitely enjoyed this and read it quickly, logging it a week later many of the details of the story beyond the super sad beginning and a few surprises at the end haven?t stuck with me. Stevie was a compelling main character and I liked the important role gardening and grow...
  • Cinthia Ritchie
    Mar 31, 2018
    This was well-written and sweet, with a slight tinge of humor. And yet, at times, it felt a bit too nice, with situations resolving a bit too easily, even for YA readers. Here's the rundown: Stevie goes to live with her grandfather after her parents are unexpectedly killed. She's neve...
  • Kelly Veatch
    Jun 06, 2017
    This book was such a good book. I just loved it so much! It's like a cross between "Because of Winn-Dixie" and "The Gardner". The reader can't help but love Stevie and her grumpy grandfather, and all the other characters. This book makes me want to read the rest of Holt's books. I didn...
  • Heidi Burkhart
    Jul 18, 2018
    A perfect summer read for me, taking me back to the kind of novels that I enjoyed reading as a child. I enjoy Holt's characters, style and stories. I would probably recommend this for a Gr 5-8 student. ...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Nov 04, 2017
    Holt, Kimberly Willis Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel, 325 pgs. Christy Ottaviano Books, 2017 (Henry Holt and Co.) $16.99 Content: G. Stevie has lived a simple life with her mom and dad on a small farm. They sell their produce at a stand on the side of the road. When Stevie?s...
  • Krista
    Feb 23, 2019
    This is a sweet book, and I love the cover (yes, I chose the book by its cover) but at times it is a little slow. Brief summary: Stevie loses both of her parents in a car accident and has to move in with her unknown estranged grandfather who owns a run down motel in a small Texas town ...
  • Molly Dettmann
    Jul 03, 2017
    A MG story about Stevie, a girl who lost both her parents suddenly and now has to live with a grandfather she has never met. Set at his Texas hotel, this story has a quirky set of characters that make the story interesting. Stevie loves to garden and dreams of returning to her parents ...
  • Keri Douglas
    Feb 26, 2018
    I feel instantly in love with Stevie and not because I?m at Fleetwood Mac fanatic but because I wanted to ease her pain. After her wonderfully eccentric parents are killed at their roadside stand, Stevie is sent to live with a grandfather she didn?t know she had in Texas. Crusty an...
  • Selene
    Mar 14, 2017
    I received an advance reader's edition through a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this book, and I think it's a great story for a middle grade girl. The writing is beautiful and genuine, and I came to adore Stevie and the other characters in the book. The idea of a child who loses ...
  • Paula
    Feb 23, 2019
    What a great emotional story. ...
  • Rebecca Whitney
    Sep 03, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book, although I didn't love the ending. I think students will find it satisfying, though. The story of Stevie and her family will pull at readers' heartstrings but isn't too sappy. Stevie is a really cool girl and I think both boys and girls alike will root for h...
  • Cynthia
    Mar 28, 2018
    Can a girl named Stevie find her way in the world after the tragic death of both of her parents? The answer is a resounding yes! Stevie's life is not what she imagined it . . . actually, she and her parents had a dream of visiting Australia together, but instead she finds herself livin...
  • Phoebe Llama
    Jun 13, 2018
    I love this book SO much and would recommend it to anyone from 9 up. It?s about a girl named Stevie who lives in Taos, New Mexico. She and her parent?s live on a farm while they also own a flower stand on the side of the street. One day, something tragic happens (I won?t tell you...
  • Hannah Steigerwald
    Jan 28, 2019
    Genre: Realistic Fiction Unique Feature: The relationships between Stevie and her Grandfather was very unique to me, for the majority of the story I felt as if there was constant tension between the two. It seemed as if sometimes they wanted to let one another in, but neither of the...