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The building of the Quabbin Resevoir in western Massanchusetts in the 1930s signals the end of three small rural towns-and the beginning of a different life for 14-year-old Celie Wheeler.
Celie Wheeler's family has lived in Enfield, Massachusetts, for generations, and she would love to live there forever. For all of her fourteen years, though, the threat that Enfield and two other neighboring towns might be claimed by eminent domain to build the Quabbin Reservoir has been very real. For Celie the coming of the reservoir has always been "someday", far off in the future. But that "someday" has now arrived, and the secure happy world she's known will soon vanish. What does the future hold for her and her family?
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In the close-knit community of Endfield, 14-year-old Ceelie Wheeler has enjoyed snowball fights, fishing trips, and "like family" relationships with the townspeople. When Boston authorities decide to turn the valley into a reservoir, everyone must relocate. As she leaves her childhood home behind, Ceelie must sort out her feelings about her stubborn grandmother, her own competition with her mother, and the difference between a crush and deeper love. Julia Gibson is a wonderful narrator for this kind of character. Thoughtful, gentle, and having just the right pitch for a teenaged girl, Gibson makes this Depression-era story come alive with emotion. J.M.S. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Publishers Weekly:
Fourteen-year-old Celie Wheeler has much to think about: her plans to be a writer; her changing relationship with her best friend, a boy; and the imminent loss of her home, which has been in her family since the 1700s. Set in the Depression, this coming-of-age story unfolds against the backdrop of the actual last days of the four towns in Massachusetts's Swift River Valley, which in 1939 was flooded to create a reservoir for Boston. Amid the demolitions and the deliberately set fires that punctuate her days, Celie juggles her own despair with her concern for her aged grandmother and widowed mother, even as she experiences the thrill of her first romantic feelings for the young man sent by the Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission to finish emptying the town. With complex, finely drawn characters and fluid language that rings true for the period and place, the story is satisfying emotionally as well as intellectually. Koller's (the Dragonlings series) afterword explores environmental and social issues raised by the episode. Adolescent readers, experiencing their own transitions toward adulthood, will respond to the literal submersion of the heroine's past and to her eventual embrace of the future. Ages 10-up.
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Book Description Orchard, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0439293170
Book Description Orchard, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0439293170