Elsie Mae Has Something To Say


Elsie Mae is something to say, and she says it with a southern twang. I so enjoy books that use the vernacular of the time. It immerses you in the period like nothing else. Elsie lives near the Okefenokee Swamp in the 1930's and writes a letter to the President of the United States to try and stop a canal that would divide it. That's pretty much the main plot, but not the best part of the book for me. I felt like the reader was given a little window into the past.  You can picture Elsie and her entire way of life through the friendly humorous tone of the writing. The scene where she and Henry steal a Bible so that she can be baptized and then rip a page out in the process made me laugh out loud. The kids face bad guys and solve a mystery before the end of the story. Although I haven't read this out loud yet, I am chomping at the bit. (As Elsie Mae would say) I'm hoping that we meet these characters again in a sequel.

I read a DRC of Elsie Mae Has Something to Say in exchange for an honest review.


Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.