Tomato Girl

Tomato Girl

For eleven-year-old Ellie Sanders, her father has always been the rock that she could cling to when her mother's emotional troubles became too frightening. But when he comes under the thrall of the pretty teenager who raises vegetables and tomatoes for sale at the general store that he runs, Ellie sees her security slowly slipping away. Now she must be witness and warden t For eleven-year-old Ellie Sanders, her father has always been the rock that she could cling to when her mother's emotiona...

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Title:Tomato Girl
Author:Jayne Pupek
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:298 pages pages

Tomato Girl Reviews

  • Irene
    Sep 19, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

  • Lisa Vegan
    Aug 21, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

  • Alice Osborn
    Jul 25, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

  • Craig
    Dec 10, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

  • Jayne
    Feb 25, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

  • Staci
    Aug 21, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

  • melanie (lit*chick)
    Jul 23, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The writing is beautiful. The main character, Ellie, is stunningly real. She speaks in the voice of every child who has tried to keep secrets about mental illness in the family. The author has a perfect grasp of the mind of a child who has to deal ...

    Clean prose, vivid and lovely writing. I was swept along in young Ellie's story, despite all of her hardships there were glimmers of hope. I couldn't put it down until I knew the end. A tender and rewarding read. Bravo, Jayne!! ...

  • Jen
    Oct 17, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The writing is beautiful. The main character, Ellie, is stunningly real. She speaks in the voice of every child who has tried to keep secrets about mental illness in the family. The author has a perfect grasp of the mind of a child who has to deal ...

    Clean prose, vivid and lovely writing. I was swept along in young Ellie's story, despite all of her hardships there were glimmers of hope. I couldn't put it down until I knew the end. A tender and rewarding read. Bravo, Jayne!! ...

    This was a wonderful book! The story is compelling and beautifully written. ...

    OH MY. I just love this book ? the intensity, the storyline, the characters, the perceptive language. I'll kill for a sequel though! ...

    Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek is another of my favorite books this year. It is set in the South in the 60's and the main focus of the story is eleven year old Ellie who is living a life most of us can't even imagine. Her mother Julia is mentally ill and Ellie is forced to grow up and be a...

    I loved the writing in this novel. The voice was authentic and all the characters came to life for me, especially Ellie who I wanted to rescue and her mother who I wanted to bring to the doctor and get her some medication! And I just wanted to shake Rupert by the shoulders and ask him ...

    I actually finished this book over a week ago, and I haven't reviewed it because I'm having a hard time figuring out what I want to say. It's heart-wrenching, there's no doubt about that. The main character is a pre-teen girl named Ellie in Virginia or North Carolina, I think during th...

  • Heather
    Jul 01, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The writing is beautiful. The main character, Ellie, is stunningly real. She speaks in the voice of every child who has tried to keep secrets about mental illness in the family. The author has a perfect grasp of the mind of a child who has to deal ...

    Clean prose, vivid and lovely writing. I was swept along in young Ellie's story, despite all of her hardships there were glimmers of hope. I couldn't put it down until I knew the end. A tender and rewarding read. Bravo, Jayne!! ...

    This was a wonderful book! The story is compelling and beautifully written. ...

  • Zinta
    Sep 29, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

  • GUD Magazine
    Jul 21, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

  • Corky
    Aug 26, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

  • Elyse
    Jul 22, 2017

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

  • Ann
    Jun 10, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

  • Becky Everhart
    Jul 07, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The writing is beautiful. The main character, Ellie, is stunningly real. She speaks in the voice of every child who has tried to keep secrets about mental illness in the family. The author has a perfect grasp of the mind of a child who has to deal ...

    Clean prose, vivid and lovely writing. I was swept along in young Ellie's story, despite all of her hardships there were glimmers of hope. I couldn't put it down until I knew the end. A tender and rewarding read. Bravo, Jayne!! ...

    This was a wonderful book! The story is compelling and beautifully written. ...

    OH MY. I just love this book ? the intensity, the storyline, the characters, the perceptive language. I'll kill for a sequel though! ...

    Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek is another of my favorite books this year. It is set in the South in the 60's and the main focus of the story is eleven year old Ellie who is living a life most of us can't even imagine. Her mother Julia is mentally ill and Ellie is forced to grow up and be a...

    I loved the writing in this novel. The voice was authentic and all the characters came to life for me, especially Ellie who I wanted to rescue and her mother who I wanted to bring to the doctor and get her some medication! And I just wanted to shake Rupert by the shoulders and ask him ...

    I actually finished this book over a week ago, and I haven't reviewed it because I'm having a hard time figuring out what I want to say. It's heart-wrenching, there's no doubt about that. The main character is a pre-teen girl named Ellie in Virginia or North Carolina, I think during th...

    Ellie. Such a sweet caring 11 year old little girl with a beautiful heart and soul. All she wanted was to have a normal happy childhood, like her best friend, Mary Roberts. Unfortunately, that was just not in the cards for poor Ellie. She idolized her daddy...he was her rock and she wo...

    There is a certain grace in the face of hardship factor that really makes me root for Southern fiction protagonists. This book made me ache for young Ellie, knowing that everyone around her would fail to help her through life?s struggles in the end, that she would have to grow to tak...

  • Kirsten
    Aug 15, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

  • Jane
    Nov 13, 2009

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Jul 16, 2009

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

  • Sheryl
    Sep 29, 2009

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The writing is beautiful. The main character, Ellie, is stunningly real. She speaks in the voice of every child who has tried to keep secrets about mental illness in the family. The author has a perfect grasp of the mind of a child who has to deal ...

    Clean prose, vivid and lovely writing. I was swept along in young Ellie's story, despite all of her hardships there were glimmers of hope. I couldn't put it down until I knew the end. A tender and rewarding read. Bravo, Jayne!! ...

    This was a wonderful book! The story is compelling and beautifully written. ...

    OH MY. I just love this book ? the intensity, the storyline, the characters, the perceptive language. I'll kill for a sequel though! ...

    Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek is another of my favorite books this year. It is set in the South in the 60's and the main focus of the story is eleven year old Ellie who is living a life most of us can't even imagine. Her mother Julia is mentally ill and Ellie is forced to grow up and be a...

    I loved the writing in this novel. The voice was authentic and all the characters came to life for me, especially Ellie who I wanted to rescue and her mother who I wanted to bring to the doctor and get her some medication! And I just wanted to shake Rupert by the shoulders and ask him ...

    I actually finished this book over a week ago, and I haven't reviewed it because I'm having a hard time figuring out what I want to say. It's heart-wrenching, there's no doubt about that. The main character is a pre-teen girl named Ellie in Virginia or North Carolina, I think during th...

    Ellie. Such a sweet caring 11 year old little girl with a beautiful heart and soul. All she wanted was to have a normal happy childhood, like her best friend, Mary Roberts. Unfortunately, that was just not in the cards for poor Ellie. She idolized her daddy...he was her rock and she wo...

  • Jessie
    Jul 08, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

  • Tracy
    Aug 17, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The writing is beautiful. The main character, Ellie, is stunningly real. She speaks in the voice of every child who has tried to keep secrets about mental illness in the family. The author has a perfect grasp of the mind of a child who has to deal ...

    Clean prose, vivid and lovely writing. I was swept along in young Ellie's story, despite all of her hardships there were glimmers of hope. I couldn't put it down until I knew the end. A tender and rewarding read. Bravo, Jayne!! ...

    This was a wonderful book! The story is compelling and beautifully written. ...

    OH MY. I just love this book ? the intensity, the storyline, the characters, the perceptive language. I'll kill for a sequel though! ...

    Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek is another of my favorite books this year. It is set in the South in the 60's and the main focus of the story is eleven year old Ellie who is living a life most of us can't even imagine. Her mother Julia is mentally ill and Ellie is forced to grow up and be a...

    I loved the writing in this novel. The voice was authentic and all the characters came to life for me, especially Ellie who I wanted to rescue and her mother who I wanted to bring to the doctor and get her some medication! And I just wanted to shake Rupert by the shoulders and ask him ...

  • Michelle
    Oct 15, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

  • Kelly
    Sep 25, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

  • Diane
    Aug 05, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Aug 22, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

  • Angela
    Aug 24, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The writing is beautiful. The main character, Ellie, is stunningly real. She speaks in the voice of every child who has tried to keep secrets about mental illness in the family. The author has a perfect grasp of the mind of a child who has to deal ...

  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)
    Aug 27, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The writing is beautiful. The main character, Ellie, is stunningly real. She speaks in the voice of every child who has tried to keep secrets about mental illness in the family. The author has a perfect grasp of the mind of a child who has to deal ...

    Clean prose, vivid and lovely writing. I was swept along in young Ellie's story, despite all of her hardships there were glimmers of hope. I couldn't put it down until I knew the end. A tender and rewarding read. Bravo, Jayne!! ...

    This was a wonderful book! The story is compelling and beautifully written. ...

    OH MY. I just love this book ? the intensity, the storyline, the characters, the perceptive language. I'll kill for a sequel though! ...

    Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek is another of my favorite books this year. It is set in the South in the 60's and the main focus of the story is eleven year old Ellie who is living a life most of us can't even imagine. Her mother Julia is mentally ill and Ellie is forced to grow up and be a...

    I loved the writing in this novel. The voice was authentic and all the characters came to life for me, especially Ellie who I wanted to rescue and her mother who I wanted to bring to the doctor and get her some medication! And I just wanted to shake Rupert by the shoulders and ask him ...

    I actually finished this book over a week ago, and I haven't reviewed it because I'm having a hard time figuring out what I want to say. It's heart-wrenching, there's no doubt about that. The main character is a pre-teen girl named Ellie in Virginia or North Carolina, I think during th...

    Ellie. Such a sweet caring 11 year old little girl with a beautiful heart and soul. All she wanted was to have a normal happy childhood, like her best friend, Mary Roberts. Unfortunately, that was just not in the cards for poor Ellie. She idolized her daddy...he was her rock and she wo...

    There is a certain grace in the face of hardship factor that really makes me root for Southern fiction protagonists. This book made me ache for young Ellie, knowing that everyone around her would fail to help her through life?s struggles in the end, that she would have to grow to tak...

    At 11 years old, Ellie Sanders is forced to grow up before most people. Her mother is mentally ill and Ellie is often forced to accept the role of care-giver. She says "Mama, like me, loves fragile things, but she can hurt them when she?s troubled. Sometimes something comes over ...

  • Darlene
    Nov 12, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The writing is beautiful. The main character, Ellie, is stunningly real. She speaks in the voice of every child who has tried to keep secrets about mental illness in the family. The author has a perfect grasp of the mind of a child who has to deal ...

    Clean prose, vivid and lovely writing. I was swept along in young Ellie's story, despite all of her hardships there were glimmers of hope. I couldn't put it down until I knew the end. A tender and rewarding read. Bravo, Jayne!! ...

    This was a wonderful book! The story is compelling and beautifully written. ...

    OH MY. I just love this book ? the intensity, the storyline, the characters, the perceptive language. I'll kill for a sequel though! ...

    Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek is another of my favorite books this year. It is set in the South in the 60's and the main focus of the story is eleven year old Ellie who is living a life most of us can't even imagine. Her mother Julia is mentally ill and Ellie is forced to grow up and be a...

  • Arlene Ang
    Nov 17, 2008

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The writing is beautiful. The main character, Ellie, is stunningly real. She speaks in the voice of every child who has tried to keep secrets about mental illness in the family. The author has a perfect grasp of the mind of a child who has to deal ...

    Clean prose, vivid and lovely writing. I was swept along in young Ellie's story, despite all of her hardships there were glimmers of hope. I couldn't put it down until I knew the end. A tender and rewarding read. Bravo, Jayne!! ...

    This was a wonderful book! The story is compelling and beautifully written. ...

    OH MY. I just love this book ? the intensity, the storyline, the characters, the perceptive language. I'll kill for a sequel though! ...

  • Glenda
    Jan 30, 2011

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BOOK!!!! "There are times when words won't make a bad thing better. Those are the saddest times." READERS WILL LOVED *Ellie*. She's 11 years old. We are thankful that she learned about "chalk doors". All children should learn about "Chalk Doors"...... ...

    *****UPDATE Where was I when Jayne died in 2010? I just found out and feel really sad. She was such a wonderful writer, and even replied to me kindly. I hadn't realized, I was searching to see if she had written anything new. I am really sad. This has been a throw away day. Wo...

    just picked this up from my local library, really looking forward to this read! O.K. I sat outside all afternoon and read this book. I couldn't stop!! But Jayne, I'm mad!! Oh, how could you make Ellie's world so horrible!!? There are so few good people in Ellie's life. You made me t...

    ?I?m the girl they found standing on the table. The girl who traced the cracks in the wall with her mother?s blood.? How we hope little Ellie will come through the dark places of her 11 years of life whole again, as whole as one might expect from the insanity she has survive...

    This is a wonderful novel. It?s reminiscent of other Southern coming of age novels such as Bastard Out of Carolina, but it?s definitely original. The writing was excellent and there are many beautifully written passages, and the tale is so vivid that as I read I was easily wrapped ...

    Tomato Girl is a fairly standard coming-of-age story, occasionally daring in some aspects, but, on the whole, rather mediocre. It covers territory that many such stories do -- parental sex and infidelity, insanity, viewpoint-character bad behavior -- but delves into them more deeply an...

    Jayne Pupek's "Tomato Girl" was a book I couldn't put down. Well-paced, funny, and authentic with vulnerable and memorable characters, Pupek throws the proverbial rocks at her protagonist, 11-year-old Ellie Sanders throughout the book -- Ellie's troubles never seem to relent, except wh...

    The voice that greets me in Tomato Girl is so rich and authentic that I am not surprised to find that the author is a native of Virginia. Jayne Pupek is a poet (Forms of Intercession) and author, whose writing has appeared in many literary journals. My first thought upon finishing her ...

    COS Productions has made a video/book trailer for Tomato Girl. Please take a look on my GoodReads Profile or go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-foLb... Thanks! Jayne Disclaimer: I'm partial to this book because I wrote it. People who enjoy stories in the South...

    Wow! This is some dark, dark stuff. When I first picked up the book, judging (of course) by the cover and the jacket blurb, I think I was expecting a light, semi-comedic, Joshlyn Jackson type, small rural town novel. This. is. not. that. book. Poor Ellie, is dealing with an unsta...

    There is so much to say about this book but I'll start with DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO READ THIS BOOK! This book is sad, endearing, emotional, and the characters are ones that you will grow attached to quickly and easily. 11 year old Ellie has so much to deal wi...

    I really cared about Ellie (the child in this book) She had so much to deal with and she still was a good kid. She handled mental illness, her dad cheating in the same house as her mom and death of a beloved pet with grace. Good southern book. ...

    I have been avoiding writing a review about the book Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek, because that would mean it was time for me to move on to something else. I did not want to move on. I love loved loved this book! I read it once (in one day), but then the following day I went back and pl...

    Jayne Pupek can write! Tomato Girl is a beautiful novel related by an eleven-year old narrator, Ellie, whom I loved from the moment she admitted "I can't tell them about Mama's moods, or how she keeps Baby Tom in a jar." I was captivated by her story, and so curious to learn it that I ...

    Jayne Pupek is a wonderfully descriptive writer. I'd read anything else she wrote. This was such a good book, hard really to describe how the story makes you feel, it's so intense. I think what struck me the most, besides how very, very accurate her portrayal of an abused little girl f...

    I've been holding off on my review of this book, but Wow! I'm not quite sure what to say without giving plot away, but this is a touching yet riveting story about a young girl and her family. This book contains emotion, mental illness, sadness, and finally acceptance. I would recommend...

    I did not want this book to end! Jayne Pupek is a fantastic writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books (you are writing more books, Jayne). Some may say that this is a typical "coming of age" book. I disagree. What Ellie Sanders had to deal with on a day-to-day basis is...

    Tomato Girl has all the elements of a good novel: a mentally ill mother, a tempted father and a little girl trying to hold everything together as her world is shattered, saved only by a wise old black woman. But first-time novelist Jayne Pupek fails to build an adequate story, randomly...

    I actually finished this about 2 weeks ago but have not been able to make my notes until now. This is an excellant first novel - well written, well developed, very dysfunctional characters and a story line that is reminiscent of an Oprah book! The Tomato Girl is Ellie Sanders' c...

    I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The writing is beautiful. The main character, Ellie, is stunningly real. She speaks in the voice of every child who has tried to keep secrets about mental illness in the family. The author has a perfect grasp of the mind of a child who has to deal ...

    Clean prose, vivid and lovely writing. I was swept along in young Ellie's story, despite all of her hardships there were glimmers of hope. I couldn't put it down until I knew the end. A tender and rewarding read. Bravo, Jayne!! ...

    This was a wonderful book! The story is compelling and beautifully written. ...

    OH MY. I just love this book ? the intensity, the storyline, the characters, the perceptive language. I'll kill for a sequel though! ...

    Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek is another of my favorite books this year. It is set in the South in the 60's and the main focus of the story is eleven year old Ellie who is living a life most of us can't even imagine. Her mother Julia is mentally ill and Ellie is forced to grow up and be a...

    I loved the writing in this novel. The voice was authentic and all the characters came to life for me, especially Ellie who I wanted to rescue and her mother who I wanted to bring to the doctor and get her some medication! And I just wanted to shake Rupert by the shoulders and ask him ...

    I actually finished this book over a week ago, and I haven't reviewed it because I'm having a hard time figuring out what I want to say. It's heart-wrenching, there's no doubt about that. The main character is a pre-teen girl named Ellie in Virginia or North Carolina, I think during th...

    Ellie. Such a sweet caring 11 year old little girl with a beautiful heart and soul. All she wanted was to have a normal happy childhood, like her best friend, Mary Roberts. Unfortunately, that was just not in the cards for poor Ellie. She idolized her daddy...he was her rock and she wo...

    There is a certain grace in the face of hardship factor that really makes me root for Southern fiction protagonists. This book made me ache for young Ellie, knowing that everyone around her would fail to help her through life?s struggles in the end, that she would have to grow to tak...

    At 11 years old, Ellie Sanders is forced to grow up before most people. Her mother is mentally ill and Ellie is often forced to accept the role of care-giver. She says "Mama, like me, loves fragile things, but she can hurt them when she?s troubled. Sometimes something comes over ...

    This is a dark and heartbreaking Southern story narrated by 11 year old Ellie Sanders. Her mother is mentally unstable and sinking further into her illness. Her father does all he can to keep the family together, but then he falls for the "tomato girl" and Ellie's world spirals out of ...