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Dowell, Frances O’Roark.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014
IL 5-8, RL 5.3
ISBN 1442432926

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Anybody Shining is a story about the childhood adventures of Arie Mae Sparks, a spunky twelve year-old girl growing up in a mountain community in North Carolina in 1924. She has many friends, but she longs to find her “one true friend.” So she decides to begin writing letters to her cousin, Caroline, whom she has never met, in hopes that she will become her best friend. The story is told mainly through Arie Mae’s letters to Caroline. Arie Mae tells her about her adventures and life in her small mountain community. The only problem with Arie’s plan is that Caroline is not writing back to her. Will she ever write her back and become her one true friend? If you like historical fiction that is full of fun and adventure, as well as an occasional ghost story, then Anybody Shining is the book for you! (Prepared by: Amy Blakely, E.B. Morse Elementary School,, South Carolina Book Awards, 2017)

SUBJECTS:      Historical fiction. 

Letters -- Fiction. 

Mountain life -- North Carolina -- Fiction. 

North Carolina -- History --20th century -- Fiction.

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