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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 neat little cabin 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: 9781536210019
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jeri Watts is a college professor and writer. She is the author of numerous short stories and the novel Kizzy Ann Stamps. Her picture book A Piece of Home, illustrated by Hyewon Yum, was an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award winner. Jeri Watts lives in Lexington, Virginia.

I grew up the first few years on a farm in Bedford County, Virginia, and that proved very helpful when I was writing Kizzy Ann Stamps, because she lives on a farm in that same place! I wish I’d had a dog like hers, but we did have our own wonderful dogs—and other animals too. After I had my own family, I had a superbly lazy, continuously hungry black Lab named Nimbus who kept my two daughters company as they grew up!

My father was a storyteller, and I love to tell stories too—mostly on paper, though. Having been a reader all my life, it seems natural to turn to the page when I tell my stories! I’ve been with children many years, and I love being with them, so writing for children is one way to stay with them, especially now that I teach at the college level. I used to work with children on their writing. Now I work with teachers about teaching writing to their students, so it is still important to me for children to write. There is a writer inside everyone, I believe, and it starts with the reader inside each of us!

Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:

1. I have an identical twin sister.

2. I hate licorice.

3. I collect watches.