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Homegrown is a coming-of-age story of longing, despair, and hope at a children’s home in the mid-1980s. Three teenaged boys – Howard, Mark, and Cooter – have lived at the Protestant Children's Home for much of their lives. Worldly and wise sixteen-year-old Howard is the role model. Fifteen-year-old Mark is the angry rebel. And fourteen-year-old Cooter, the only true “orphan” of the bunch, is the peacemaker, doing his best to make everybody happy and to diffuse bad situations with outrageous humor. They know the ...
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Homegrown is a coming-of-age story of longing, despair, and hope at a children’s home in the mid-1980s. Three teenaged boys – Howard, Mark, and Cooter – have lived at the Protestant Children's Home for much of their lives. Worldly and wise sixteen-year-old Howard is the role model. Fifteen-year-old Mark is the angry rebel. And fourteen-year-old Cooter, the only true “orphan” of the bunch, is the peacemaker, doing his best to make everybody happy and to diffuse bad situations with outrageous humor. They know the rules and the routines. They tolerate the adults and bond with each other. looking forward to the time they are old enough to go off on their own to make their own rules, their own lives.
The Home is not the nightmare workhouse of “Oliver Twist” but an institution that tries with imperfect understanding and limited resources to offer its charges a clean, ordered place to live. Yet when financial circumstances force the Home to accept more hardened “state kids” into its ranks, Howard, Mark, and Cooter find their world thrown upside down. Cooter does all he can to hold the threads of his life and those of his friends together, but they spiral out of control.
Told primarily as a flashback from 1994, Homegrown opens as Cooter prepares to take on the most agonizing personal challenge of his life. Yet it is while facing his past failures and his fear of the present that he discovers one true and most important fact about his life, a fact filled with hope and redemption.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983434818
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Massie is a two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning and Scribe Award-winning author of horror novels, short horror fiction, media tie-ins, young adult historical novels, comics, radio plays, poetry, and nonfiction features and chapters for American history textbooks. She is also the creator of the Skeeryvilletown cast of bizarre but light-hearted cartoon characters. In her spare time she travels, hikes, sips chai at Starbucks, knits long scarves, and goes geocaching. Massie is an active member of Amnesty International and is the founder of Hand to Hand Vision (fundraising and sharing with those in need) and Circle of Caring (standing up and speaking out against bullying.) A ninth generation Virginian, she lives in the Shenandoah Valley with illustrator Cortney Skinner. Homegrown is her first contemporary mainstream novel.

Elizabeth Massie is a two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning and Scribe Award-winning author of horror novels, short horror fiction, media tie-ins, young adult historical novels, comics, radio plays, poetry, and nonfiction features and chapters for American history textbooks. She is also the creator of the Skeeryvilletown cast of bizarre but light-hearted cartoon characters. In her spare time she travels, hikes, sips chai at Starbucks, knits long scarves, and goes geocaching. Massie is an active member of Amnesty International and is the founder of Hand to Hand Vision (fundraising and sharing with those in need) and Circle of Caring (standing up and speaking out against bullying.) A ninth generation Virginian, she lives in the Shenandoah Valley with illustrator Cortney Skinner. Homegrown is her first contemporary mainstream novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2011

    A read to savor

    Massie is a master storyteller who wields her skills in this quiet story that creeps up on you and then delivers and emotional wallop that you won't forget. (Hence the crying scene on my couch last night, leaving my husband to wonder what was wrong..."it's the book, sweetie.") My only criticism of the book is that I wanted more. Of course, that's also praise-I want to know what happened to these characters next.

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