FC: ABC Book | By: Chandler Sutton,Joslyn Munoz, Conner Booz, Lacey Ebarb, Sierra Griffin, Vila Chu
1: August | August Boatwright is a main character in this book. She keeps Lily under her wing and is a bee keeper. She lives in the Mediterranean pink house with her two sisters, June and May. | “Most people don't have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don't know anything about.”
2: Black Madonna | Black Madonna was the main figure head for the daughters of Mary. Lily always looked up to Black Madonna and her strength. She lives inside of Lily's soul, and helps her through out her life. | "Our mother said she was like Mary, with her heart on the outside of her chest."
3: Calendar Sisters | The Boatwright sisters were named after months, May, June, August. Their mother loved spring and summer.They had a sister named April but she passed away. | "How come y'all have names from the calender? Rosaleen asked her. Our mother loved spring and summer, May said."
4: Deborah | Deborah Owens was Lily's mother and T- Rays wife. She passed away when Lily was four years old. Lily yearned for her mother all through out her life. | "Her hair was black and generous, with thick curls circling her face, a face I could never coax into view, despite the sharpness of everything else."
5: Engagement | June was always hesitant about marrying Neil. After May's death note that said to live their lives to the fullest, June finally decided to marry Neil. Neil proposed to June on Mary Day. | "I came over here planning to ask you, for the hundredth time, to marry me."
6: Fish Necklace | Lily had a frightening experience with some boys back in Sylvan, where they would take fish and choke her with them. Lily told Zack this story when he got out of jail. | "One day the boys from the next farm were fishing. They had all these little fish they caught fastened onto a stringer. They hauled me down on the bank and hooked it around my neck, making it to small to pull over my head."
7: Grits | T-Ray would punish Lily by making her kneel on grits. He would make her kneel on them for hours. | "I'd been kneeling on grits since I was six, but I never got used to the powdered-glass feeling beneath my skin."
8: Honey | August was a bee keeper. She liked to make honey. It was previously owned by her grandmother, but when she died they took over the business. | "Place a beehive on my grave and let the honey soak through. When I'm dead and gone, thats what i want from you. the streets of heaven are gold and sun, but ill stick with my plot and a pot of honey. Place a beehive on my grave and let the honey soak through. "
9: Impulsive | Lily and her mother were both impulsive. They were both very emotional and made decisions on the spot. This caused many hardships in their lives. | "Remember the fathers day card I made for you when I was nine and still hoping for love? I expected it to get propped ob your dresser but I found it on the table with a peeled peach on top of it. I have always wanted to say to you that was DESPICABLE."
10: June | June is one of the main characters in the story. She is one of the Boatwright sisters, and although she was mean to Lily at first, she ended up being one of Lily's best friends. Once June and Lily finally connected, they became close throughout the rest of the book. | "...June stepped over them, too, and then, to my shock, she hugged me. June Boatwright had hugged me while our clothes made sweet, squishy sounds up and down our bodies."
11: Kiss | There were many important kisses in this book. One was when Zach kissed Lily by the river, and one was when Neil and June became engaged. | "He bent his face close to mine and kissed me. At first it was like moth wings brushing my lips, then his mouth opening on mine. He kissed me gently, but at the same time hungrily, and I liked how he tasted, the scent of his skin, the way his lips opened and closed..."
12: Love | "We are so limited you have to use the same word for loving Rosaleen as you do for loving peanuts. Isn't that a shame we don't have many more ways to say it?" | Lily didn't really feel love at first, but when she went to the calendar sister's house, she actually felt love. Everyone treated her nice and like she was actually a part of the family.
13: Mouse Bones | "Lying on my stomach on the floor, pushing the box under my cot, I found a tiny pile of mouse bones.I scooped them up and washed them in the sink. Every day I carried them around in my pocket and could not imagine why I was doing it." | After seeing all the items her mother had owned,Lily looked it over, and put the box under her bed. She found mouse bones and carried them around for no reason. She carried them around until things started cheering up around the house. Once she was done with them,she tied them together with a red hair ribbon, and set them on the shelf. She never got rid of them.
14: Notebook | Zach gave Lily a notebook because Lily told Zach that she always wanted to be a writer. The notebook was green with rose buds on the cover. Lily loves the book so much that she carries it everywhere. | "Zach showed up with the prettiest notebook- green with rosebuds on the cover. He met me coming out of the pink house."
15: "Our Lady filled their hearts with fearlessness and whispered to them plans of escape. The bold ones, fled finding their way north, and those who didn't lived with a raised fist in their hearts. And if ever it grew weak, they would only have to touch her heart again." | Our Lady of Chains | Our Lady of Chains, is a statue kept in the Boatwright sisters' house. They held a church group called "The Daughters" and they used Our Lady as a source of fulfillment for something they may be missing in their lives.
16: Peaches | T-Ray is a owner of a peach farm. Lily helps T-Ray out with the peaches. She hated the job because she was so lonely. | "After my morning of capturing bees, I spent my afternoon in the peach stand out on the highway, selling T-Ray's peaches."
17: Queen Bee | " A queenless colony is a pitiful and melancholy community; there may be a mournful wail or lament from within.... Without Intervention, the colony will die. But introduce a new queen and the most extravagant change takes place." | Once May passes away, everyone goes into a depressed state for awhile. May was basically the glue that kept everyone together, and once she was gone, no one was talking, they weren't eating together, they were all just mourning in their own way. It took one "queen" to bring everybody back together.
18: Roaches | "T-Ray said, "Your mother was a lunatic when it came to bugs. She used to make trails of graham crackers crumbs and marshmallow to lure the roaches outside." | May and Lily's mother (Deborah) both use graham cracker crumbs and marshmallow bits to get the roaches out. They think that roaches are a living thing so there isn't a point to kill it. This means that Deborah learn this from May.
19: Suicide | "She got deflated about life, I suppose you'd say. It opened her eyes to things she might not have noticed, being so young. She started having stretches when she didn't want to go to school or do anything. By the time she was thirteen, she was having terrible depressions, and of course the whole time, whatever she was feeling, May was feeling. And then, when April was fifteen, she took our father's shotgun and killed herself." | April and May were twin sisters, and every time April was hurt or upset, May would feel the same thing. When April started getting depressed, so did May. April decided she had enough, and she killed herself. Towards the end of the story, May also commits suicide.
20: Tomatoes | "It was around this time that June and Neil started a first-class fight out there in the tomato garden. June shouted something and he shouted back." | June and Neil were picking tomatoes. Then the started yelling at each other because June didn't want to marry Neil. When he drove off, June threw tomatoes at Neil's car.
21: Underwear | "I took the thirty-eight dollars I'd earned selling peaches and stuffed it in the bag with my seven best pairs of panties, the ones that had the days of the week printed across the backside." | When Lily decides to run away, she packs her favorite pair of underwear. They have the days of the week printed on the back of them. Towards the end of the story when she finds out about her mother, she gives up on even wearing them on the right days.
22: Virginia | "Rosaleen was our housekeeper," Lily went on. " She doesn't have any family but me, so we decided to go up to Virginia to find my aunt. Except we don't any work for us to do while we're here, maybe we could earn a little before heading on. We aren't in a hurry to get to Virginia. | Lily made a lie to August saying that her and Rosaleen are suppose to be heading to Lily's aunt. Lily said that they don't have to be in a rush to go to Virginia. August said that she is from Virginia too.
23: Wailing Wall | "Where the grass gave way to the woods, I found a stone wall crudely cemented together, not even knee high but nearly fifty yards long. It curved around the property and abruptly stopped. It didn't seem to have any purpose to it. Then I noticed tiny pieces of folded-up paper stuck in the crevices around the stones. I walked along the length of the fence, and it was the same all the way, hundreds of these bits of paper." | The wall did have a purpose. It was where May went every time she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders. If she was upset, she would go outside to this special wall and write down whatever made her upset. It's basically what she uses to relieve herself of sadness.
24: eXcitement | The whole book was exciting. The most exciting part of the book was when June and Neil was going to get marry. | "June stared at Neil, and I could see the struggle in her face. The surrender she had to make inside. Not just to Neil but to life. Finally she let out a long, sighing breath. "All right," she said. "Let's get married.""
25: Lily learned from her Sunday school teacher that she would have joy if she did. This means that you care about Jesus the most, then others, and yourself last. | "J- Jesus; O- Others; Y- Yourself. This is the correct order for life, she said, and if you follow it, you will have JOY, JOY, JOY." | Yourself
26: Zach | "That I- That I care about you. I think about you all the time." | This is what Zach says to Lily after they have their first kiss together. After Zach gets wrongly accused of throwing a bottle at a white man, he gets put in jail. Once he gets out, he's angry all the time. Lily Doesn't want him to be like T-Ray, so they go out to the river, and have a long talk with each other. They become closer than ever.