ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Set in the Depression in rural America, a family who once lived a comfortable life find themselves eking out a precarious living on Echo Mountain, They are warned not to go to the peak, but as staying fed and warm takes up all their efforts anyway, there's no need.
Narrated by the second child, Ellie, who has taken to the lifestyle change with practicality, curiosity and good grace (unlike her mother and older sister who mourn the loss of their town life) their existence is even more threatened when Ellie's father meets with a terrible accident - one she bears the brunt of, as well as the blame. It means she takes on more responsibility, but even the bravest of us needs support…
I adore Wolk's novels, which treat readers with calm sophistication about big issues, with their strong female characters on the cusp of teenage learning how to navigate life and change and even when bad things happen, finding the resilience to manage and grow. Lindy Jones
'Harper Lee has a worthy successor. Wolk is a big new talent' - The Times
1933. When Ellie and her family lose everything, they flee to Echo Mountain to build a new life. Ellie runs wild, exploring the mountain's mysteries. But the one she can't solve is who's leaving the gifts for her- tiny, beautiful wooden carvings of animals and flowers, dotted around the mountain for her to find.
Then Ellie's father has a terrible accident. Now he lies in a coma, while Ellie shoulders the blame for what happened. When she sets out to find a cure for him, she discovers Cate, the outcast witch, and Larkin, a wild mountain boy. From them she learns about being a healer, being brave - and about how there can be much more to a person than first meets the eye.
A beautiful and unforgettable novel from the award-winning author of Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea.
After graduating from Brown University with a degree in English literature, Lauren Wolk spent a year as a writer with the Battered Women's Project of the St. Paul American Indian Center, and then worked as an editor and an English teacher. Since 2007, she has been the Associate Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. She is an award-winning poet and a visual artist. Her novels for children, Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea, are critically-acclaimed and award-winning.