Billie Standish was Here is Nancy Crocker’s first novel. I have been reading this book over and over again and I just can’t put it down. It very well could be the most amazing book in the world. (my own opinion). I have read finished the 280 page book this month. I have also read about 30 pages of another book called Knight to the Hill Country so I have met the requirements for the month of March.

Billie Standish was Here is a story about a girl who has no friends except for an old lady across the street; Miss Lydia. Billie, who was “suppose” to be a boy according to her parents, spends all day, everyday with Miss Lydia. Cooking, cleaning, and crocheting. But the most important thing they do is learn.

As a twelve year old girl, Billie learned the hard way that not everyone is as nice as they look. Curtis for example, who is Miss Lydia’s son, raped little Billie. When Miss Lydia found out, she…. Ended Curtis…. She told police that she shot him because she thought he was an thief. Then they had to worry about whether Billie was pregnant or not.

Miss Lydia took Billie to the doctor to find out if she had a baby inside of her. They ended up losing the test so they had to wait to see if she was. She ends up not being pregnant.

For me, this story shows that sometimes, it’s the least expected people who are there for you the most. This story really does a great job of showing the reader that. I would recommend this book to anyone. It really hit my heart and it will yours too.

Nancy Crocker: The author of Billie                    A photo of an old lady and a young girl

Standishwas Here.                                                  hugging. They probably have a

relationship like Miss Lydia and Billie.


Things People Carry

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Letters

Dear Word Press,

As you know, people carry a lot with them. In there pockets, purses, hands, but most importantly hearts. You can only carry so much though. Sometimes you have to put somethings down to pick up knew ones. People carry anger or hostility. Others might carry happiness or compassion. But no matter what they hold they’re limited.

Like a soldier at war, one can only carry so many things. Guns, grenades, knifes, clothes, food, water and helmets. Just a small list. But these men and woman also carry courage, drive, and pride. Some carry things they shouldn’t such as shame, regret, and fear. When a soldier is done out of ammo they either get more or pick up another one. It’s the same way with intangible items. People might have to get rid of one but they always get a new one.

Whether your at war or not, you can still carry all these things. I am a person who people might see carrying each one of these one time or another. But they always find a new one to carry.


Keegan Cunningham

Second Chances

Posted: March 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

No one who commits a crime deserves a second chance. However, Anyone who is a victim of a crime such as someone who has been KILLED, deserves another chance.

Mike Vick for instance doesn’t deserve another chance for killed innocent animals, but those animals do. I think it horrible that Mike has gotten a second chance because what he did to those dogs is unbelievable. It’s not fair for an animal to be put in a position that they were in. I don’t think anyone deserves a second chance. Especially for committing a crime.

This month I read the novel Billie Standish was Here by Nancy Crocker. This book has 280 pages. I really liked this this book and would recommend it to anyone.

Billie Standish was Here is about a girl named Billie and an elderly woman who end up being best friends. She never really had anyone in her life until Miss Lydia. She has no friends and her parents were always to busy  paying attention to themselves. So Lydia is the best thing that has ever happened to her.

But when everything begins to fall, can Lydia still be there for Billie? This is a book for everyone. I enjoyed reading this and anyone else would as well

January Reading Log

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

In the month of January I have read two books. Deadline by Chris Crutcher was the first book I read this month. I read 210 of 336 pages of this book. I also read Billie Standish was Here by Nancy Crocker. So far I have only read 25 pages of this this book.

Deadline is a book about a young man named Ben Wolf who is told that he only has one ear to live. He then tries to pack the rest of his life into his senior year of high school. Ben is not going to take the treatment from the doctor.. He’s also not going to tell anyone about his rare blood disease. Not even his parents.

Ben was an outstanding cross country runner. But he quit for football so he could try something new. Everyone knows that Ben could get into a college for running but since he’s going to die, he doesn’t care.

If I was Ben, I would probably do the same thing as him. I would keep everything a secret between me and my doctor. I wouldn’t want anyone to know about me dying early.

Oh Yea!! Snow Day!!

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


In the cold winter of 2004, my forth grade year at Hosea Elementary School, there was a snow day; nobody told me! My parents woke me up for school and I quickly showered dressed and hopped in the car to start my school day. Then I got to school…       No cars. No students. No teachers. I was left out. No one tells me this stuff. Sure, it’s my responsibility to find things out on own, but I was in forth grade! Cut me some slack people. I eventually got made fun of for that once people started finding out, but thats behind us now. We’ll leave it in the snow and keep piling it up so no one is reminded of it.

Oops… Snow melted!

John Henry – Letter

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Dear John Henry,

I am writing this letter to you to say that I look up to you. You may not agree with this, but you are a hero; not just to me but to many. I think it awesome that you had the courage to take on a nearly impossible challenge, for your peers, and accomplish it. Not many people would be able to do what you have done. I just wanted you to know you’re a role model of mine and I’ll always look up to you and remember your story.


Keegan Cunningham