Child of the Mountains

Child of the Mountains Review

It’s about keeping the faith.

Growing up poor in 1953 in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia doesn’t bother Lydia Hawkins. She treasures her tight-knit family. There’s her loving mama, now widowed; her whip-smart younger brother, BJ, who has cystic fibrosis; and wise old Gran. But everything falls apart after Gran and BJ die and mama is jailed unjustly. Suddenly Lydia has lost all those dearest to her.

Moving to a coal camp to live with her uncle William and aunt Ethel Mae only makes Lydia feel more alone. She is ridiculed at her new school for her outgrown homemade clothes and the way she talks, and for what the kids believe her mama did. And to make matters worse, she discovers that her uncle has been keeping a family secret—about her.

If only Lydia, with her resilient spirit and determination, could find a way to clear her mother’s name...

Title:Child of the Mountains
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Cara

    As of late I haven't read as much, which is a shame since there are so many titles out that just sound wonderful. What I'm trying to get at is that when I choose to read a book it has to easily win me...

  • Wendy

    This is a sneaky little book. I started it on the bus, and when I read the first page I groaned internally. I wondered if it wouldn't be better just to stare into space. My mama's in jail. It ain't r...

  • Valerie

    This was a very heartfelt book for me. I can't believe how many times a felt a little ache in my chest for Lydia. Why is it that I fall for these books? Because they feel honest. I believe my favorite...

  • Cate

    Great book. Just...it was great! ...

  • Tara

    Why does every main character lately have to have a parent in jail?!?!?!?! Even though I felt as though I had read this storyline in a few previous novels, I did like the unique take on it using excel...

  • Andrea

    [This review also appears on Andi's Young Adult Books.]Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank is the story of a young girl named Lydia who lives in Appalachia. It takes place in the year 1953. Ly...

  • Vivian

    This story is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming. Lydia Hawkins is a young woman (child really), that has been forced to see a lot of adversity in her young years. She doesn't really see much of t...

  • Courtney Goldbeck

    I started and finished this book in a day. It was one of the best books I have ever read. Though the author is from West Virginia, where the book is set, she really captured the language of the common...

  • Jody Phillips

    This novel is both touching and endearing. Getting into the mountain dialect took a chapter or two, but the story, with it's twists and turns was worth the effort. The protagonist, Lydia, is engaging ...

  • Vicki

    Compelling read about a young girl growing up poor in 1953 in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. Her father is dead and her mother has been sent to prison for a crime that Lydia doesn't belie...