[[ PDF / Epub ]] ☉ Child of the Mountains Author Marilyn Sue Shank – Varanus.us

Child of the MountainsIt S About Keeping The FaithGrowing Up Poor In 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 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 HerIf Only Lydia, With Her Resilient Spirit And Determination, Could Find A Way To Clear Her Mother S Name

[[ PDF / Epub ]] ☉ Child of the Mountains Author Marilyn Sue Shank – Varanus.us
  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Child of the Mountains
  • Marilyn Sue Shank
  • English
  • 19 July 2019
  • 0385740794

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  1. says:

    As of late I haven t read as much, which is a shame since there are so many titles out that just sound wonderful What I m trying to get at is that when I choose to read a book it has to easily win me over, and this story is a prime example of a little book that won my heart over completely.Lydia at the moment is living with her Aunt and Uncle away from Paradise the actual town she used to live in Her life has turned right on its head in just a few moments Her Gran and younger brother have d As of late I haven t read as much, which is a shame since there are so many titles out that just sound wonderful What I m trying to get at is that when I choose to read a book it has to easily win me over, and this story is a prime example of a little book that won my heart over completely.Lydia at the moment is living with her Aunt and Uncle away from Paradise the actual town she used to live in Her life has turned right on its head in just a few moments Her Gran and younger brother have died, and her Mama is in jail for something she didn t do Lydia is a character you cannot help but like right away She may seem too happy go lucky to some people, but she does have her weaknesses I would love to have her kind of resiliency and respect for others Lydia s main focus is to navigate her new home, but it isn t easy She gets made fun of how poor she is and for the way she talks Then there is this secret she discovers that seems to test her faith in the people she loves But Lydia wants the one person she could always count on, her Mama, and she will do whatever she can to get her back This author is spot on when it comes to the feel of West Virginia during the 1950s Some readers may find the dialogue kind of off putting, but I found it help me immerse myself in this time period and know Lydia better Even though Gran and her younger brother, BJ, have already died there are flashback moments, and as a reader you feel just as sad as Lydia for each death You get to know them through the flashbacks and understand the depth of her grief when her family members die It also makes it muchheartbreaking to see her struggle through her new life without any of the family she grew up with I also loved the little homage to Anne of Green Gables Lydia loves this book and tries to be like Anne when times get tough As we know Anne has lots of gumption and fire, and these attributes serve Lydia well As a reader I can relate how sometimes we grab courage from fictional characters, but to us they seem so real.I don t want to write too muchabout the plot so other readers can enjoy every simple and heartbreaking scene on their own If you are looking for a different kind of middle grade historical fiction, this should be one of your top choices One of my best reads for 2012


  2. says:

    This is a sneaky little book I started it on the bus, and when I read the first page I groaned internally I wondered if it wouldn t be better just to stare into spaceMy mama s in jail It ain t right Leastwise, I don t think so Them folks that put her there just don t understand our family.Then I read the second page, and laughed out loudThat s why I stopped by the company store after school yesterday and bought me the biggest spiral notebook they had Maybe writing everthing down will This is a sneaky little book I started it on the bus, and when I read the first page I groaned internally I wondered if it wouldn t be better just to stare into spaceMy mama s in jail It ain t right Leastwise, I don t think so Them folks that put her there just don t understand our family.Then I read the second page, and laughed out loudThat s why I stopped by the company store after school yesterday and bought me the biggest spiral notebook they had Maybe writing everthing down will help me sort it all out But I kept reading, deciding that would be better than staring into space, and the book stopped irritating me, and then it grew on me At one point I really really liked it, although then it started petering out into various tangents and messages.Like most people, I don t usually care for books written in dialect I thought I would hate it here, and in the beginning I almost couldn t follow the story because it was so distracting But eventually it faded into the background not absent, but no longer the most prominent thing I can say one thing for the dialect here it s consistent, and that says something.I could have done without one subplot entirely, and much of the book was just TOO wise and TOO bucolic, as if it stepped right out of the pages of FOXFIRE magazine, but those are somewhat minor points Many great characters here, particularly the aunt and uncle who aren t the stock players they seem at first, the little brother who seemed real even though too good to be true which was also how he seemed to the other characters, and that s why it works , and the teacher and lawyer, who play with the conventions a bit.Overall Newbery canon shows a peculiar fondness for books set in West Virginia I don t really think this is going to join the others, but they could do worse


  3. says:

    This was a very heartfelt book for me I can t believe how many times a felt a little ache in my chest for Lydia Why is it that I fall for these books Because they feel honest I believe my favorite genre is fantasy and I will always love it but then there are books like this That isn t at all dystopian or full of dragons or love triangles and yet it made my heart yearn and ache There was still magic in something as ordinary as fermentation You ll know what I m talking about if you read the This was a very heartfelt book for me I can t believe how many times a felt a little ache in my chest for Lydia Why is it that I fall for these books Because they feel honest I believe my favorite genre is fantasy and I will always love it but then there are books like this That isn t at all dystopian or full of dragons or love triangles and yet it made my heart yearn and ache There was still magic in something as ordinary as fermentation You ll know what I m talking about if you read the book Lydia is living with her Aunt and Uncle after her mom was sent to prison unjustly and lost both her brother and grandmother She finds things out about herself now while looking back at happier times However, Lydia still holds on to the hope that she can get her mom back.Now don t go thinking this book is sad, its not, not completely anyways It s about growing up but also about family and being strong Lydia s love for her family and her mom gosh is there agentle heart out there had me smiling Her brother BJ is the sweetest, I m a big fan of smart little boys it seems, and apparently grandmother who don t take any lip from people, and uncles who hold secrets, andwell I guess everybody that Lydia cares about.I relished in the dialogue and it felt so genuine that I thought the author had to have known people from the mountains of West Virginia and what do you know the author is actually from there The time period 1950s I really like too I know I absolutely love the book when I read the acknowledgement and the author s note just so I don t have to close the cover and finally admit it s over I stayed up literally all night to finish the sun was coming up


  4. says:

    Great book Justit was great


  5. says:

    Why does every main character lately have to have a parent in jail Even though I felt as though I had read this storyline in a few previous novels, I did like the unique take on it using excellent, authentic dialogue which subtly changed as the character aged The author also nicely used the character s reflections on past events to explain her current situation Defof a Grade 5 6 novel as the dialogue, esp at the beginning can be challenging.Oh, and Dear Publisher, CHANGE THE Why does every main character lately have to have a parent in jail Even though I felt as though I had read this storyline in a few previous novels, I did like the unique take on it using excellent, authentic dialogue which subtly changed as the character aged The author also nicely used the character s reflections on past events to explain her current situation Defof a Grade 5 6 novel as the dialogue, esp at the beginning can be challenging.Oh, and Dear Publisher, CHANGE THE COVER


  6. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed and could not put it down until I finished.


  7. says:

    This review also appears on Andi s Young Adult Books Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank is the story of a young girl named Lydia who lives in Appalachia It takes place in the year 1953 Lydia feels pretty lost right now She has been sent to live with her aunt and uncle Her father passed away in an accident some years ago Her mother is currently in jail, for theoretically killing her little brother, BJ, who had cystic fibrosis Her grandmother has also just passed away She is angr This review also appears on Andi s Young Adult Books Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank is the story of a young girl named Lydia who lives in Appalachia It takes place in the year 1953 Lydia feels pretty lost right now She has been sent to live with her aunt and uncle Her father passed away in an accident some years ago Her mother is currently in jail, for theoretically killing her little brother, BJ, who had cystic fibrosis Her grandmother has also just passed away She is angry and confused and turns to her teacher for support and guidance Along her journey, she also discovers some life changing family secrets.The dialect of this book made it difficult for me to read at first As I went on, either I got used to the dialect or it seemed to be less prominent in the writing It almost felt like Lydia s use ofproper English improved as the story went on The dialect is necessary, though, to have aauthentic feel to the book.I enjoyed reading this book and was able to do so rather quickly It is a common tale of a girl trying to find herself after tragedy befalls her family The cystic fibrosis part of the storyline wasunique I felt like I understood Lydia and some of her anguish I felt sorry for her.The book seemed like it just ended, and the story was resolved too easily I would have liked the final courtroom segment to be fleshed out just a little bitso that the ending made a bitsense I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review


  8. says:

    This is our book for February I always have a hard time reading language that sounds like The Hillsand I grew up visiting family in KY and that language reminds me of them There is this one portion that had the teacher explain why her language was the way it was, how the mountains surrounding the area kept out the development of language because the people stayed and married where they stayed but that it was time for her to start learning to proper English.My stepdad was that way It was h This is our book for February I always have a hard time reading language that sounds like The Hillsand I grew up visiting family in KY and that language reminds me of them There is this one portion that had the teacher explain why her language was the way it was, how the mountains surrounding the area kept out the development of language because the people stayed and married where they stayed but that it was time for her to start learning to proper English.My stepdad was that way It was his family we visited and yet he had escaped the area, learned good English, and held a great job.the story was a sad one, I felt, yet probably true I think there s much to learn and apply to all the various things we sign up for and sign into that could very well not be what we thought.The twist was a surprising development but I understood it another side of my family had a child who was born out of wedlock NOT the case in this book remember and my grandmother felt my parents should adopt her They were not interested so my grandmother adopted her To this day I wonder if she ever found out the truth.the end was a good resolve and there is such tenderness in this story It was good to read but I probably would not have picked it up originally


  9. says:

    This story is both heart wrenching and heart warming Lydia Hawkins is a young woman child really , that has been forced to see a lot of adversity in her young years She doesn t really see much of the poverty and hard work as anything other than routine until the death of her brother Even after this event, Lydia strives to keep going strong Ms Shank has written a beautiful story of mountain living in the West Virginia hills in the early 1950s There are no apologies made, nor are any needed This story is both heart wrenching and heart warming Lydia Hawkins is a young woman child really , that has been forced to see a lot of adversity in her young years She doesn t really see much of the poverty and hard work as anything other than routine until the death of her brother Even after this event, Lydia strives to keep going strong Ms Shank has written a beautiful story of mountain living in the West Virginia hills in the early 1950s There are no apologies made, nor are any needed in my not so humble opinion, for the speech patterns and life habits of mountain folk Although there is prejudice prevalent for the poor and mountain folk, Ms Shank presents a story filled with characters that any West Virginian can be proud to read On apersonal note, I was filled with pride to read Ms Shank s notes about her fourth grade school teacher, Mrs Bette Nowling, my aunt She even states that she used my aunt as the guide for the character of Mrs Nowling in her story Regrettably my aunt died before being able to read this book, but I m sure she would have loved this story as much as Ms Shank s childhood stories


  10. says:

    I started and finished this book in a day It was one of the best books I have ever read Though the author is from West Virginia, where the book is set, she really captured the language of the common people of Appalachia It felt genuine and made the characterstangible Lydia is an incredibly brave and tenacious young girl who has everything in her life change but learns from each and every experience and does a lot of growing up at the same time I cannot wait to see what Shank writes ne I started and finished this book in a day It was one of the best books I have ever read Though the author is from West Virginia, where the book is set, she really captured the language of the common people of Appalachia It felt genuine and made the characterstangible Lydia is an incredibly brave and tenacious young girl who has everything in her life change but learns from each and every experience and does a lot of growing up at the same time I cannot wait to see what Shank writes next, for a first fiction piece, she has absolutely nailed it

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