Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

The Vine Basket

on June 21, 2014

vine basketby Josanne LaValley.

Life has been hard for fourteen-year-old Mehrigul, a member of the Uyghur tribal group scorned by the Chinese communist regime, so when an American offers to buy all the baskets she can make in three weeks, Mehrigul strives for a better future for herself and her family despite her father’s opposition.

19 Responses to “The Vine Basket”

  1. Mee2016 says:

    I really liked this book. I lot of people think that it’s boring but I liked the idea of the family tradition from another culture. This is a book that I would recommend.

  2. TF says:

    I didn’t like this book very much. It was very slow until the end of the story. The climax wasn’t until a couple pages before the end of the book. It was hard to get into and didn’t keep my interest very well. One thing the author did well was how emotion was showed. Happiness and sadness were very significant in how the story took its shape.

    No book is good for everyone! Perhaps Doll Bones or Courage Has No Color, or some of the other more adventuresome books would suit you better. — Kate Davie

  3. ER says:

    I really like this book because of her courage and her way to keep the family going.

  4. D K-R GES says:

    this book isn’t the best but it is OK. I thought i would like it but turns out that i didn’t like it

    Well, there are other books on the list for you, and other readers in the state for this book, so everything is good! — Kate Davie

  5. I wish... says:

    I really liked this book because it was all about trust. The main character had to trust what she believed in and everyone she knew. I also liked this book because it had strong characters.

    I have just started reading this — now I am looking forward to seeing how your observations apply! — Kate Davie

  6. NHpupcat says:

    Can you describe the characters?

  7. NHpupcat says:

    Bbd Queen, does Mehrigul have any thing to do with the vine basket? Why is the story even called The Vine Basket? Bye, Queenee, I think I would like to read this book!

    I think that when you do, your questions will all be answered! — Kate Davie

  8. bbdqueen says:

    i have mentioned in some other posts that i love this book but i feel like i have not been very clear about why i like here are some reasons why this book is so ausome.first of all, i like how the author has managed to balance a book with both sadness and happiness.but i love how it seems like thers more happiness vrs sad things.i would say more but i don’t want to spoil anything!the second reason why i love this book is because of how unique the family is . i don’t think the author could be more creative! if you are reading this ,and you haven’t read the vine basket, i highly recommend it!

  9. emballet says:

    Dear bbdqueen, I have also just finished reading this book. I think the ending is good too but it is kind of a cliff hanger. I think it is a good book because there are parts that have problems and other things but it always works out. I wonder what would happen if the book went on, she might go back to school or be sent away.

  10. emballet says:

    Dear bbdqueen, I also think there are some sad parts. When the book said that Mehrigul’s sister does not have very much love or attention because her dad is never at home and her mom is always in side and never helps out. So Mehrigul is the only one to give her attention but if Mehrigul is sent away then who would take care of Mehrigul’s sister?

  11. bbdqueen says:

    i’m replying to the question titled “in the vine basket , does merigul’s sister go to school?. i think yes, because of all the reasons you said, and because i think it actually says it ( that her sister goes to school) in the beginning of the book. i think that ata making Mehrigul work instead of go to school qualifys as one of the reasons ata is mean to her.

  12. Bbd queen says:

    I just finished this book. And I enjoyed the ending, however, I was sort of frustrated because I feel like the author left it on a cliffhanger. All though the book I felt like the author did a very good of narrating Mehrigul’s thoughts but at the end I felt like she did an especially good job.

  13. Bbd queen says:

    I agree that Ata is mean as well , but there is probably a reason why . Maybe he is upset that Mehrigul is a girl because it mentions in one of the chapters that Mehrigul feels like Ata wishes she was a boy, because he thinks that boys can do more work than girls can. That must annoy Mehrigul though, because hopefully she knows that girls can do just as much work as boys can.

  14. pancake says:

    I liked this book it had details,events,emotions,and a lot of good other things too!!!

  15. emballet says:

    In The Vine Basket does Mehrigul’s sister go to school? I am wondering because it seems like she is never at home when Mehrigul is. One time in the book her sister started talking in a different language and mehrigul asked her to stop talking in that language because it was just for school and their parents would get up set.

    What do you say, DCF readers? — Kate Davie

  16. emballet says:

    In The Vine Basket I think Ata is mean because he makes Mehrigul do a lot of work and he does not do much. Mehrigul is selling stuff at the market and Ata is off spending their money.

  17. bbdqueen says:

    I am reading this book and i agree that it is very good.although it has some sad parts all in all it is very heart touching, and anyway i think a book has to have sad parts in order to be a great book.i am not done with this book, so i cant say i liked or disliked the ending, but i can predict that (the ending) will be a good one!

  18. Mamamoomoomumu says:


    Do you mean what as in “What is the best part of this book?” — Kate Davie

  19. lilchlosterpink9 says:

    I think this book is good but I cant friend it because my friend has it but it looks like a good book. Lil

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