Clem wants a dog for his thirteenth birthday, but what he gets is a miner's cap. It is the 1920s in Leadanna, Missouri, and Clem must become a man, leaving school and joining Pap in the lead mines--money is tight in the Harding household. Meanwhile, Lindy, whose face bears a scar from an accident that left her motherless, is forced to help her abusive father sell moonshine. As Clem searches for another way to support his family, the two become friends. Then disaster strikes: a death, a mining accident, and then a tornado. In the aftermath, Lindy takes advantage of her chance to flee Leadanna, and Clem is torn between following her and staying behind to help his family. This beautifully written coming-of-age novel shines with true characters, a vivid setting, and heart-felt relationships.
|Publisher:||Holiday House, Inc.|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|Lexile:||740L (what's this?)|
|File size:||2 MB|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
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This is an exceptional book. The story is engaging and moving, and the writing is beautiful. I cannot recommend this enough, especially if you liked Tiger Rising or October Sky. One of my all-time favorite children's books.