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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.
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