Told from the point of view of the third of four children, ten-year-old Jill, this moving novel portrays one summer in the life of a family being raised by two loving parents. Jill's dad is a factory foreman, while her mom is a homemaker. The three eldest children help around the house, but 16-year-old Margo hates country living, and Jill's adored brother Calvin is growing up and ignoring her. It seems only her four-year-old brother is really happy at home. The family's summer begins with their discovery that a family of skunks has moved in under their house. Afraid that the skunks will be startled and release their scents, the family tiptoes around until Calvin devises a plan to remove them. The skunks bring a myriad of problems, but the real change comes when a childhood friend of Jill's father shows up drunk one night, rousing the entire family from their beds. The children take J. B. in and sneak food to him in his hideaway in a distant corner of their property. Jill's limitless spunk and courage help her learn the value of family and friends as she comes to understand her own identity and role within the family.
About the Author
Wilmoth Marshall Foreman grew up on a five-acre farm on the outskirts of Columbia, Tennessee, with a host of farm animals. One of them, a brown Jersey cow named Blackie, would as soon chase you as look at you. Wilmoth graduated from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville. Off and on, she has taught high school English, GED, English as a Second Language, and continuing education writing courses at Columbia State Community College. She is on the Tennessee Arts Commission’s roster as an "Artists in Education" teacher of writing. Since 8th grade, she has been a church organist. In 2002, Wilmoth got a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College in Montpelier. It was during this program that Summer of the Skunks began to take shape. Wilmoth and her husband live in Columbia. They have three grown children, two cats, and one dog.