The Trouble With Goats and Sheep

The Trouble With Goats and Sheep

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren't convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God--they believe that if they find Him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home. Spunky, spirited Grace and quiet, thoughtful Tilly go door to door in search of clues. The cul-de-sac starts to give up its secrets, and the amateur detectives uncover much more than ever imagined. As they try to make sense of what they've seen and heard, a complicated history of deception begins to emerge. Everyone on the Avenue has something to hide, a reason for not fitting in. In the suffocating heat of the summer, the ability to guard these differences becomes impossible. Along with the parched lawns and the melting pavement, the lives of all the neighbors begin to unravel. What the girls don't realize is that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs. Creasy was beginning to peel back just before she disappeared.
Part coming-of-age story, part mystery, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming debut about a community in need of absolution and two girls learning what it means to belong.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780008132187
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Katherine_A Feb 09, 2017

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is an engaging historical fiction story that takes place in the 1970's. It's a long unseasonably hot summer in England. The cul-de-sac of the neighborhood the story takes place in is filled with quirky characters. The ten year old characters, Tilly and Grace, really make the story. They are hilarious in how they go about searching for their missing neighbor Mrs. Creasy. If you like an off beat story with fun characters and neighborhood dynamics, this story is for you.

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jane
Oct 13, 2016

I just loved this book from start to finish. Beautiful writing with insight into the herd mentality.
The primary characters are unfolded slowly throughout the story.

jabberbooky Sep 23, 2016

I found this quirky and amusing. The writing truly is gorgeous. Just stick with it, it's worth it.

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4catsdogs
Jul 19, 2016

I wanted to give this 5 stars because of her lovely way with words, but unfortunately the story was confusing and far too long. I was ready for it to end at 350pp but on and on it went.

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Sansha
May 22, 2016

The story is set in 1976 on The Avenue. The residents of The Avenue all have secrets of one sort or another. When Mrs. Creasy goes missing, rumours and long-held anxieties all come to the fore. At the bottom of all their anxiety is what happened at No. 11 back in 1967.

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