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Shank, Marilyn Sue. 
New York : Delacorte, 2012
IL 3-6, RL 3.7
ISBN 0385740794

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalks #1

Growing up poor in West Virginia in the 1950s was hard for Lidia.  She lives with her mother, brother and grandmother in the Appalachian Mountains.  After Gran dies, it gets worse for them.  Then Lidia’s brother dies from cystic fibrosis.  Can things possibly get worse?  They can’t believe that Lidia’s mother has been charged with killing BJ.  There is no way that this can be happening.  Send to live with an uncle , Lidia finds herself in a strange place with people she doesn’t know.  The kids at school tease her about her homemade clothes and her hillbilly way of talking.  Lidia knows that the only way to get back home is to prove her mother is innocent.

Booktalk #2

“My mama’s in jail. It ain’t right… I got to get her out.” Lydia is a child of the mountains of West Virginia. The year is 1953. Lydia’s cherished little brother BJ was born with cystic fibrosis, and had to be hospitalized in Ohio when his illness flared up. Her daddy had died in a construction accident a few months before, so her sweet mama and her wise old granny were the mainstays in her life. Then Gran passed on, as well. When Lydia persuaded her mama to sneak BJ out of the hospital against regulations, so he could die peacefully at home, that’s when the real trouble began… Her mama was taken off to jail, and Lydia was sent to live at a coal mining camp with her somewhat aloof Uncle William and Aunt Ethel Mae. Poor Lydia was consumed with loneliness and an aching desire to free her mother from jail…but how? And what deep family secret is Uncle William hiding from her?  (Booktalk by Luci Albertson, GSF Committee   Bedford Public Library)

SUBJECTS:     Secrets -- Fiction.
                        Families -- Fiction.
                        Self-reliance -- Fiction.
                        Christian life -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        West Virginia -- History -- 1951-  -- Fiction.

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