Child of the Mountains

Child of the Mountains

by Marilyn Sue Shank
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Child of the Mountains 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Andrea_C More than 1 year ago
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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ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank is a wonderful book narrated by a young girl from the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. It's written in her southern dialect, but that only adds to the richness of the story. Set in the '50s, the hard mountain life is shown. Lydia's immediate family is taken away from her through death and jail. She goes to live with her aunt and uncle who pay little attention to her, and supply her with barely what she needs. Lydia tells her story, remembering the past and updating the present. Through all the sorrowful things that happen, we see her steely resolution to survive and save her mother. I wish the mother's personality had been fleshed out more. Gran and Lydia's brother BJ were good strong characters, easy to connect with. This is a beautiful southern story by a debut author. I can't wait to see what she writes next!
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sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
This is a story about Lydia Hawkins born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. After her Mama is taken to prison Lydia ’s life is turned upside down. She has to move from the home that she has grown to love into the home of her Uncle William and Aunt Ethel Mae’s. Lydia feels she is a burden on her Uncle and Aunt and tries her best to please them. Lydia had to change schools when she went to live with her Uncle and Aunt and is not made to feel welcome by her peers. She is teased and bullied. Lydia tries her best to keep her distance from the mean girls. After pushing one of the girls down because of the girl’s remarks about her Mama, Lydia is made to stay after school by her teacher Mr. Hinkle. Mr. Hinkle knows that Lydia is picked on and takes her under his wing. He is able to get the story from Lydia why her Mama is in prison and what really happened on the dreadful day that Lydia was removed from her home to go live with her Uncle and Aunt. Mr. Hinkle’s fiancé happens to be a lawyer and she listens to Lydia ’s story and feels she can help get her Mama out of prison. This book was a good read. I felt so sorry for Lydia and all the secrets she had to keep. The author did an excellent job of portraying the strengths that Lydia possessed. Ones that even Lydia wasn’t aware of. My emotions went through the gamut. I felt anger, sadness, and felt Lydia ’s disappointments and pain. I wanted to take this little girl into my arms and hold her. I also laughed at some of the antics that Lydia came up with. I thought that the author did a great job capturing the dialect of the mountain people. This is the author’s first novel. I hope to read more of her books in the future. I wish to thank the author for providing me with this book to read and review. The opinions are mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago