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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank is the story of a yo

    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 of more proper English improved as the story went
    on. The dialect is necessary, though, to have a more authentic 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
    was more unique. 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 bit more so that the ending made a bit
    more sense. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in
    exchange for my honest review, which also appears on Andi's Young Adult Books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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