Middle Grade Review: The Sittin’ Up by Shelia P. Moses


The Sittin’ Up by Sheila P. Moses

Age Range: 10 and up

Grade Level: 5 and up

Hardcover: 240 pages

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (January 9, 2014)

Series: None

Source: Cuddlebuggery for review

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

When Mr. Bro. Wiley, Bean’s adopted grandfather and the last slave man around, dies in the summer of 1940, Bean and his very best friend Pole are some kind of hurt. Everyone in the Low Meadows is. Despite their grief, they are proud and excited to be included in their very first Sittin’ Up–a wake for the dead. Bean and Pole know this special week will be one to remember, especially if the coming storm has its way and riles up Ole River enough to flood the Low Meadows right in the middle of Mr. Bro. Wiley’s Sittin’ Up.

Shelia P. Moses tells her most charming story yet. Laced with humor and a lot of heart, this is an affecting, fun tale from a storytelling master.

About the Author:

Poet, author, playwright, and producer Shelia P. Moses was raised the ninth of ten children on Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, North Carolina. She is the co-author of Dick Gregory’s memoir, Callus on My Soul, as well as the award-winning author of several books for young readers. Shelia lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

My Thoughts:

I wavered between three and four stars on this book and decided to go for 3.5. I’ll round up to 4 on Goodreads.

There were so many things I liked about The Sittin’ Up. I liked getting
to know the small community of Low Meadows and the characters in it. I
loved the dynamic between the neighbors—all the gossip and sassing
each other. It reminded me of some of the places I lived as a
kid. I adored Bean and his friendship with Pole. And of course, I loved
his memories of Mr. Bro Wiley. Some of my favorite parts of the book
were Bean’s memories of him and his words of wisdom. For example:

“My home is in hev’n. I’m just a stranger passing through this here ole earth. We all just strangers passing through.”

“A man with new money is a fool,” Mr. Bro Wiley would say and laugh until he cried.

I liked the “voice” of Bean, and the way he was able to apply the love
and kindness he learned from Mr. Bro Wiley to himself and the way he
treated others.

The reason I didn’t give this book a higher star rating is because it
was kind of boring. Not much happened throughout the story. Bean and his
father visited neighbors, they cried, they sang, they gathered flowers,
they ate food, but not much really happened. Because of the slow pace,
I’m not sure kids would like the story. It’s charming, well written, and
insightful, but very slow.

Source: I received this book from another blogger to review, which did not affect my review in any way.

Content: 1 mild curse 


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  • Reply
    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog
    May 29, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    This sounds really good, I'm going to add it to my to read list! Thanks!

  • Reply
    Born Bookish
    May 30, 2014 at 1:13 am

    The cover is just adorable! Sounds like a sweet story but I have no patience for slowly paced books.

    • Reply
      June 1, 2014 at 3:58 am

      The cover is beautiful, isn't it? I love it. It all depends on my mood if I can enjoy a slow book or not.

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