WINNER of the WILLA Literary Award for Best Young Adult Fiction
"admirably evokes the dusty, gritty aura of Depression-era Colorado" - Publisher's Weekly
"With subtlety and insight, Taylor introduces readers to complexities and truths about love and family" - American Library Association
"Taylor nails small-town agrarian Dust Bowl life in the '30s." - School Library Journal
On the Depression era Colorado plains, there's nothing but dust and empty farms. It's an unforgiving background to the violence in Cissy Funk's life. She's alone on a scrap of a farm with her mother and brother, and her mother hasn't recovered from the death of Cissy's baby sister. She's turned cold, and mean, and she's turned against Cissy, singling her out, leaving bruises and a breaking heart.
When Cissy's Aunt Vera turns up, with her warm hugs and pretty clothes, it looks like there just might be hope on the horizon after all. Vera is determined to make sure Cissy is safe and loved, despite her sister in law, despite the hard times, despite her own fears.
But these hard times are more than failed crops and no work. There's a trouble in Cissy's family that no one is willing to tell her about, and it's threatening to bring her fragile happiness crashing down. When there's nothing but dirt, dust, and the faintest glimpse of delight, Cissy has to find the strength to grab onto what she can. Her family might not be what she thought it was, but maybe it can be exactly what she needs.
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How many times can your family let you down?
All the time, if you're Cissy Funk. It's bad enough that her father left the family to find work in Denver. After all, the Depression has hit the Colorado plains hard, leaving nothing but dust and empty farms behind. What makes it all worse is that he left Cissy and her brother alone to take care of their mother, Rose. Cold and Violent, Rose seems to hate Cissy with a passion. What Cissy can't figure out is why.
In the middle of the darkest moment in her life, when Rose leaves bruises on her every day, Cissy's aunt Vera comes to town. Vera is the only bright spot on the horizon. But Vera, too, has her secrets and her troubles. Just when Cissy feels that everything is working out for her at last, her whole world falls apart again. But Cissy Funk is an amazing girl, and she'll use every remarkable ounce of will and spirit she has to make the best out of the worst situation yet.About the Author:
Kim Taylor Blakemore writes historical fiction and romance that explores women's lives and brings their struggles and triumphs out of the shadows of history and onto the canvas of our American past.
Her novel, UNDER THE PALE MOON, is due for release in Fall 2015. Set in post-World War II Monterey, California, it explores the relationship of a married woman breaking the bonds of conformity, and a combat nurse haunted by the ghosts of war.
She is also the author of the novels BOWERY GIRL, and CISSY FUNK, winner of the WILLA Literary Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Her interactive historical romances THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU and IT DON'T MEAN A THING, are available at SilkWords.com.
She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Women Writing the West and Women's Fiction Association.
In addition to writing novels, she is a creative writing facilitator for PDX Writers in Portland, Oregon.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 2001. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060290420