Emmie and her mother are headed for the desert to help Grandmama Ola pack up her life. Box by box, the pieces of Ola's past are neatly tucked away, and a collection of memories is opened.
As the end of their final visit draws closer, Emmie, Mama, and Ola come to terms with the history they share. Each holds on to a separate truth -- a truth about life, about death, and about themselves.
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|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Angela Johnson was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, but raised in Windham, Ohio; the only girl in a family of five. She now lives in Northeastern Ohio in a hundred year old house full of plants. When not writing she travels. On one of her trips to the California desert the inspiration for her first novel, Toning the Sweep came about.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was forced to read this book for a school project. Absolutely boring, and I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone. Nothing makes sense, there's no action, and no plot. If the grandma dying of cancer is the plot, then all i can say is wow.
I picked this book for a fast book report and did not get all of it but I still read it becuase I was rapped in what I was reading. trust me I NEVER got so into a book like that
Im not writing about the book i am writing about the author. I just would like to say that Angela Johnson is a great author and shoulkd be rewarded for more than just her books but as an imaginative writer so this is really all that i have to say because she is more that just great she is amazing and my words will never beat how wonderful she is!
I read this book first when I was bored one summer when I was 14.I was impressed because all the other books I read featured protagonists aged 16 and this was one the same age as me.Since then i've come back to it many times.Firstly,I loved the descripions of the Mojave desert where it took place,but mostly i loved the characters,people you can actually identify with.Emily doesn't want to leave the desert and doesn't want to face up to what drove her family there in the first place.However,once in the desert with people she loves it's possible to do this.It persuaded me that your family history is unique and important,not something to be forgotten.And also that although you can't change the past,you can change the future.The most important lesson it taught me,one that is still teaching me now 3 years on,is that sometime you have to let go and say goodbye, which isn't so bad when you have the memories.
I was in the 8th grade when I picked up 'Toning the Sweep', for a quick book report. Little did I know, this book would still have a hold of me. At my age then, I could identify with the struggle of trying to find a nitch. Teenagers are constantly in that position. The young girl is independent and wants to know about everything, but also wants to find who she is by finding out where she came from. At the end she has treasured memories to keep in her heart of her grandmother, whom she respected greatly. This book is truely captivating in imagery and inspiration. I recommend this to every teenager who struggles with their identity and freedom.