On Snowden Mountain

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Ellen’s father went off to fight against Hitler and left her to take care of herself and her mother, who had fallen into one of her deep sadnesses. At twelve years old, this is no easy task. Soon she runs out of food and the store won’t extend credit. She has no choice but to contact an aunt she hardly knows. Ellen is shocked when Aunt Pearl shows up, packs a few of their things, and takes Ellen and her mother to a tiny town in the mountains. There Ellen meets people who help shape her life — Russel Armentrout, the Skunk Boy; Mr. Pritchert, mailman; Miss Spencer, town teacher; Moselle Toms, town gossip and troublemaker; and Mrs. Armentrout, an old friend of Ellen’s mother and expert healer with herbs. Ellen learns important lessons about her family and about herself.

Jeri Watts has written a compelling story filled with fully-formed, credible characters, each of whom has a complete backstory alluded to by the author, but without taking over Ellen’s story. Watts’s writing is gorgeous and will transport readers to another time and place. This book deserves readership far beyond it’s intended middle-grade audience. Don’t miss it.

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Author Jeri Watts
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 208 pages
Publisher Candlewick
Publish Date 2019-09-10
ISBN 9780763697440
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Issue September 2019
Category Tweens


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