The Great Depression played no favorites-a fact that thirteen-year-old Faith Covington fi nds out when her father loses his job and she and her mother are transplanted from their upscale neighborhood in New York City to a farm in the Pennsylvania wilderness.
As Faith struggles to learn a new way of life-and ultimately to figure out who she is, her faith is challenged by new customs and by a plot she stumbles upon that threatens the whole community.
How will she respond when she comes face to face with racism, persecution, and greed? Will her faith hold up? She'll have to dig deeper, pray harder, and take more chances than she ever thought imaginable to discover those answers.
Author proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. For more information about this organization, see www.dakotaranch.org.\
|Publisher:||Deep River Books LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In 1934 America, during the worst depression that had ever been seen, New York City went from a world of high-powered, well-paid employees and companies - with hundreds of schools and non-stop entertainment - to a world where people were thrown out of their houses and took up residence in shanties made of scrap lumber and cardboard situated on the banks of the Hudson. As Dad stays in the city to try desperately to "right" their lives, Faith and her mother head to Pennsylvania to live with an Aunt in the Pocono Mountains that Faith has never met. Her mother sits beside her and unloads the secrets about the strange world that Faith will soon find herself a part of. The largest secret is that Faith is half Indian. Although Faith's grandmother didn't choose the Indian way of life, her sister, Eva, discarded the "white man's way" and sits on a farm in the mountain wilderness growing her own crops, and living by Indian beliefs. Mom explains to Faith that she isn't in for a peaceful life; on Eva's farm all must work - even the children must add their blood, sweat, and tears to keep the farm up and running. As Faith gets more and more frightened watching houses and cities turn into wild countryside through the train window, she also meets a young girl by the name of Pauline. Pauline is followed around by a grim governess who looks down on Faith as if she is nothing more than dirt underneath her feet. Pauline's father is extremely rich and part of the mining community in the Pocono Mountains, and when they disembark from the train two cars sit at the small station that is nothing but a broken-down shed in the middle of nowhere. A Cadillac limo awaits young Pauline, while a few feet away a large Indian with a white ponytail and calloused hands, stands next to a beaten and battered pick-up truck - there to take Faith and her mother to their new home. Faith's "new" life is set in a world of conflict. Her Aunt Eva is fighting against the rich "white man" who is intent on taking her land. With a mighty checkbook and slimy tactics, the wealthy do everything in their power to drive the Indians away. In the middle of all the chaos, Faith receives a great deal of education from Eva, as well as a young boy named Paul who introduces her to the world of Indian beliefs, spirit guides, and ideas that change the way Faith sees the world. C.E. Edmonson does an absolutely beautiful job escorting the reader through the vibrant Indian life as well as the harshness and suffering of the Great Depression, while undertaking the difficult job of explaining the prejudice that existed. With fantastic detail and a well-thought-out plot, this author's writing is pure poetry. Quill Says: An outstanding read. Whether a history fanatic, or simply a reader who is looking for an unforgettable tale, Finding Faith is a true gift!
Reviewed by Kristen Keiran (age 13) for Reader Views (2/11) I think that C. E. Edmonson is trying to show people how Native Americans were treated in the early 1900s. You are shown this from a thirteen-year-old girl's point of view; her name is Faith. It all takes place during the depression in 1934. Faith Covington has everything she could ever have dreamed of - loving parents, a huge house, her parents were rich, and she acted like a young lady. All of this is destroyed when America is hit with the worst thing possible - The Depression. When Mr. Covington's company goes out of business and the banks go bankrupt, Faith's world is turned upside down. The only possible solution is for Faith and her mother to go live with their Aunt Eva while her father stays in New York to try and find work. Faith finds Aunt Eva is a Lenape Indian making her part Indian too. She is faced with persecution and racism, things she had never been exposed to. After she and her mother have settled in and she has become accustomed to her aunt's ways, things start to go bad. When an Indian named Red-Moon has his barn burned down, Faith and everybody else knows things aren't right. The people are confused and worried and their fears are confirmed when the next day Red-Moon is shot in the head and Paul sees a pickup truck driving away from the scene. This story is full of adventure and mystery. You also get to know what it would've been like for a teenage girl struggling to survive during the depression while experiencing the ups and downs of living in a new community and learning trust with the Lenape people. My opinion would be that this book is recommended for ages 12+ and for both genders. I found it interesting when I could relate to the plants and animals. When Faith talks about seeing a black head sticking up out of the water I knew it to be a loon or when she talks about sweet berries growing close to the ground I recognized blueberries. Finally, I personally loved this book. I have always found Historical-Fiction fascinating and "Finding Faith" is the perfect book to read. C. E. Edmonson tells the story and makes you feel like you are there, like you know Faith and Paul and Aunt Eva, and the setting is described with great detail so you can picture it in your mind. You learn about how a rich and spoiled girl turns into a girl who can live off of the forest, can fish, can garden, can make pottery and do so much more. She finally realizes that maybe the depression was supposed to happen; maybe she was meant to come and live in the wilderness and learn the ways of the Lenape. After all, she could never have done anything like that in the busy streets of New York.