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Gr 6-9-- Geneva Haw, 14, faces a year of perplexity in 1948. On a personal level, she is under pressure from her mother to fit an old-fashioned stereotype of what a lady should be, and her favorite pastimes have been banished. She wants to further her education, but her father sees no reason for her to do so. On a larger scale are the problems presented by the damming of the Cumberland River by the Tennessee Valley Authority. With their farmland soon to be covered by water, the Haws and their neighbors will lose centuries of tradition and the personal landmarks they hold so dear. It is Geneva's task to persuade thorny Granny Haw to move before the law or high water can do her harm. While Geneva's father and uncle debate the value of progress, quaint and cantankerous Granny arrives at a synthesis and cleverly leads Geneva to a better way of life. Resourcefully mixing humor and melancholia, Cole skillfully backlights some subcultural cross-currents of thought that are still operational today. She reconstructs the speech patterns of rural Kentucky and renders them much easier to read than the dialect found in Janice Hold Giles' novels. This is a good story by a talented outsider who has managed to distill what is rare and special about a time and a region so that readers can find some new level of understanding about people and the choices they make.-- Cindy Darling Codell, Belmont Junior High School, Winchester, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689505102
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1990
  • Edition description: 64188 Simon
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2002

    And the Tide Shall . . .

    . . . cover the earth. This book is a wonderful story encompassing Kentucky history and intergenerational relationships. I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Cole on her play "And the Tide Shall Cover the Earth" which was based on this novel. She was a remarkable author. All ages will enjoy this book. Especially good for middle and young high school students.

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