Icy Sparks

Icy Sparks

Book - 1999
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1999, c1998.
ISBN: 9780142000205
Branch Call Number: Fic Rubi
Characteristics: x, 308 p. ; 21 cm.


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Feb 11, 2014

I took this on vacation and found it was a good choice - a quick read that kept my interest from beginning to end. I don´t think it is award-winning material. The premise - a girl growing up with Turette´s and how she and those around her dealt with it in the early fifties when not much was known. Actually, the condition itself was quite secondary in that there was little expansion on it other than Icy´s own description of her actions. The relationships she had were somewhat unbelievable. Either they really loved her and laid it on with a trowel, or they ridiculed her. I do think it is a good read though if you like that interpersonal treatment and you want something a bit stimulating.

Jul 11, 2012

I liked the topic of the book but found the actual book to be just ok. It had a nice ending, though, and was not at all depressing like some other books in Oprah's book club.

Jul 09, 2011

completed this book on July 8, 2011

ltrout May 31, 2011

What a nice ending this book had! It is about Tourette's Syndrome but so much more. One person CAN make a difference, and then it can be played forward.

I don't usually like Oprah's books, but this one was a pleasant surprise.

May 16, 2010

There are two incarnations of Oprah’s book club: the first phase chick lit series, and the second phase lit lit series. This book is from the first phase. I also assume that this is one of the books that led to the second phase. I do like chick lit: it is fun, fast, and engaging. It’s not that this book wasn’t all of those, but it also just wasn’t that great. The subject (a girl in the South during the 50s suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome before anybody knows what that is) is much stronger than the story. I bought this book at a thrift store but I am going to pass it off to my mom.


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Jul 23, 2015

A girl develops Tourette's and is an outcast in her community


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