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Icy Sparks

Author: Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1999.
Series: Oprah's book club.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At the age of ten, an Appalachian girl develops croaks, jerks and spasms, which leads to her explusion from school. After treatment--she has Tourette's syndrome--she learns to control herself, attends college and there is a happy ending.
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Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Fiction
Miscellaneous fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gwyn Hyman Rubio
ISBN: 0142000205 9780142000205 0140280146 9780140280142 0739417665 9780739417669
OCLC Number: 46454765
Description: x, 308 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Oprah's book club.
Responsibility: Gwyn Hyman Rubio.

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At the age of ten, an Appalachian girl develops croaks, jerks and spasms, which leads to her explusion from school. After treatment--she has Tourette's syndrome--she learns to control herself, attends college and there is a happy ending.

Rural Kentucky in the 1950s is not an easy place to grow up in, and it's especially hard for 10-year-old Icy Sparks, an orphan who lives with her grandparents. Life becomes even more difficult for Icy when the violent tics and uncontrollable cursing begin. Icy's adolescence is marred by the humiliation brought on by her mysterious condition, and its all-too-visible symptoms are the source of endless hilarity as everyone around her offers an opinion about what's troubling the girl. Eventually, Icy finds solace in the company of an obese woman who knows what it's like to be an outcast in this tightly knit Appalachian community. Narrated by a now-grown Icy, this first novel shimmers with warmth and humor as it recounts a young girl's painful and poignant journey to womanhood -- and the many lives she touches and enriches along the way.

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