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Child of the Mountains
Child of the Mountains


 
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Pages: 259
Trim: 6 x 9
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-375-87331-7
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by Marilyn Sue Shank


Growing up poor in 1953 in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia doesn't bother Lydia Hawkins. She treasures her tight-knit family. There's her loving mama, now widowed; her whip-smart younger brother, BJ, who has cystic fibrosis; and wise old Gran. But everything falls apart after Gran and BJ die and mama is jailed unjustly. Suddenly Lydia has lost all those dearest to her.

Moving to a coal camp to live with her uncle William and aunt Ethel Mae only makes Lydia feel more alone. She is ridiculed at her new school for her outgrown homemade clothes and the way she talks, and for what the kids believe her mama did. And to make matters worse, she discovers that her uncle has been keeping a family secret - about her. If only Lydia, with her resilient spirit and determination, could find a way to clear her mother's name...

(This book was written for ages 9-12 but may be enjoyed by readers of all ages.)

"Unfolds in pitch-perfect regional dialect. . . . For fans of Ruth White's and Kerry Madden's Appalachian-inspired fiction."--Kirkus Reviews

About the author

MARILYN SUE SHANK has a PhD in special education from the University of Kansas. Child of the Mountains is her debut novel.From the Hardcover edition.