IS DIFFERENT THIS SUMMER
Carrie has always loved spending summers at her grandparents' home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Not even the Depression, so much on her mind back home in the city, can change the safe, carefree feeling she gets from the old farmhouse where her grandfather has lived all his life.
But this summer, shortly after Carrie arrives, she finds out that the government is planning to create a national park that will include Grandpa's mountain, and the state of Virginia is buying up land for the park -- and evicting the people who live there.
Grandpa is determined to save his home, and Carrie believes he'll win his battle. As Grandpa's increasingly solitary struggle drags on, Carrie learns a lot about the importance of fighting for what you believe in -- and knowing when it's time to move on.
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Carolyn Reeder is an avid history buff with a longtime interest in the civil war. Her other historical novels for young people include Grandpa's Mountain, Moonshiner's Son, Across the Lines, and the award-winning Shades of Gray, which was an ALA Notable Book and winner of the 1990 Scott O'Dell Award, the Child Study Association Award, and the Jefferson Cup Award, among other honors.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-- Historical facts surrounding the 1935 creation of Shenandoah National Park form the base on which Reeder convincingly overlays a fictional story rich in character delineation and development. Carrie, 11, loves to spend summers at her grandparents' home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, away from hard times in the city. Everything is thrown akimbo when the government begins buying up thousands of mountain acres, evicting the occupants and burning their homes. At first Grandpa is unbelieving, then he convinces himself that, with the support of his like-minded neighbors, he can fight to win. However, many of them--poor and uneducated, some merely subsistence tenant farmers--welcome the chance to sell or be relocated near town and are furious at him for interfering. The longer Grandpa fights, the more alone he stands. While resisting change, he himself is changed, becoming as hard and intractable as the men he opposes. Carrie is torn between her respect for him and shock at his behavior. Through seemingly traitorous actions, Grandma makes it possible for him to win his personal fight against defeatism. Carrie returns to her parents' home at summer's end, strengthened by two stalwart grandparents and the way each chose to deal with crisis. This portrayal of one set of events and its consequences during the Great Depression has relevance for situations today in which the government still pits projected benefits for the many against total disruption of the few. --Katharine Bruner, Brown Middle School, Harrison, TN
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Book Description Aladdin, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110689848676
Book Description Aladdin. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0689848676 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1201731