Overview

Spunky Quinn Ellerbee’s world has been turned upside down. Mom has gone off to play in a band, a developer has bought the land right out from under their house, the mining company where Pa-Daddy works is on shaky ground, and Pa-Daddy has moved their home to a backwoods swamp with no plumbing or electricity. Could things get any worse?

Rough times lie ahead for Quinn and her family, but they have enough ...
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Comfort Creek

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Overview

Spunky Quinn Ellerbee’s world has been turned upside down. Mom has gone off to play in a band, a developer has bought the land right out from under their house, the mining company where Pa-Daddy works is on shaky ground, and Pa-Daddy has moved their home to a backwoods swamp with no plumbing or electricity. Could things get any worse?

Rough times lie ahead for Quinn and her family, but they have enough warmth, wit, and spirit to face even the toughest challenge.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - Cyrisse Jaffee
(Starred) "The rural setting is well described, as is the economic and ecological impact of the mines. Quinn is likable and believable, and the family dynamics and secondary characters all ring true. While not fast paced, this is nevertheless a well-written, evocative, and insightful story with an emotionally satisfying conclusion." --This text refers to the out-of-print hardcover edition of this title.
Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Associates, LP
(Starred) McDonald has created unforgettable characters in a powerful tale; the setting is authentically evoked while the economic debate could be right out of the headlines of Anytown, USA. (Fiction. 8-12) --This text refers to the out-of-print hardcover edition of this title.
Booklist - Michael Cart
" . . . strong characterization, regular infusions of humor, and a perfect-pitch first-person narrative voice of the feisty middle daughter. . . . Quinn, an 11-year-old, who dreams of becoming a journalist, is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in--even if it means going against Pa-Daddy. An unusual setting and the realistic handling of economic and environmental issues further strengthen this engaging story." --This text refers to the out-of-print hardcover edition of this title.
(Voice of Youth Advocates) - VOYA (anonymous)
"Quinn is a spunky character with a uniquely honest voice that readers are sure to like. Her lively first-person narrative will entertain and move readers."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015804843
  • Publisher: Twin Rivers Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 234 KB

Meet the Author

Joyce McDonald is the author of several critically acclaimed middle grade and young adult novels, most notably Swallowing Stones, an American Library Association Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults and Booklist's 100 Best of the Best 1966 - 2003, and Shades of Simon Gray, an ALA Best Book and Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee. Her most recent novel is Devil on My Heels. She teaches in Spalding University's Brief-residency MFA in Writing Program.
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