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On Snowden Mountain

On Snowden Mountain

by Jeri Watts


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Twelve-year-old Ellen learns the quiet strength of family when her mother’s deep depression prompts her to ask an estranged aunt for help.

Ellen’s mother has struggled with depression before, but not like this. With her father away fighting in World War II and her mother unable to care for them, Ellen’s only option is to reach out to her cold, distant aunt Pearl. Soon enough, city-dwelling Ellen and her mother are shepherded off to the countryside to Aunt Pearl’s home, a tidy white cottage at the base of Snowden Mountain. Adjusting to life in a small town is no easy thing: the school has one room, one of her classmates smells of skunks, and members of the community seem to whisper about Ellen’s family. But even as she worries that depression is a family curse to which she’ll inevitably succumb, Ellen slowly begins to carve out a space for herself and her mother on Snowden Mountain in this thoughtful, heartfelt middle-grade novel from Jeri Watts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763697440
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jeri Watts worked as a public school teacher for twenty-seven years. She has written numerous short stories and is the author of the novel Kizzy Ann Stamps. She received an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for her picture book A Piece of Home, illustrated by Hyewon Yum, which was also named a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year. Jeri Watts lives in Lexington, Virginia.