Icy Sparks|Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Icy Sparks
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Oprah's Pick #40: April 8, 2001
Rural Kentucky in the 1950's is not an easy place to grow up, and it's especially hard for ten-year-old Icy Sparks, an orphan who lives with her grandparents. Life becomes even more difficult for Icy when violent tics and uncontrollable cursing begin - symptoms brought on by a troubling affliction that goes undiagnosed until her adulthood. Icy's adolescence is marred by the humiliation of her illness, and its all-too-visible signs are the source of endless mystery and hilarity as everyone around her offers an opinion about what's troubling the girl. Eventually, Icy finds solace in the company of Miss Emily, an obese woman who knows what it's like to be an outcast in this tightly knit community. Narrated by a now-grown Icy, this 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.


  • ISBN-13: 9780142000205
  • ISBN-10: 0142000205
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: March 2001
  • Dimensions: 7.82 x 5.08 x 0.91 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.57 pounds
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP