Carla Joinson A Diamond in the Dust

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A Diamond in the Dust

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Set against the backdrop of mining life in 1905, a vibrant, romantic tale follows sixteen-year-old Katy Sollis as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and first love, while struggling to realize her dreams for the future.

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Gr 6-10-Growing up in an Illinois mining town in the early 1900s with a father sick from breathing in coal dust and a mother worn out from childbirth and poverty, 16-year-old Katy dreams of moving to St. Louis and becoming a teacher. However, her parents don't support her desire to escape their way of life ("Nobody in this family is doing a thing excepting what their mama and daddy done. You'll be a wife and mother just like me"). When her mother becomes pregnant and her younger brother quits school to work in the mines, the pressure increases for the teen to marry Kenny Randall, a rough widower with a baby and a nasty temper. Still, she rebels. She shares her first kiss with longtime friend Michael; though she has feelings for him, she knows his dreams are limited to the mines as well. After a family tragedy, Katy finds the opportunity to leave. Although several lesser characters are hastily drawn and the threat of Kenny's violence disappears in the final third of the book, most readers will identify with Katy's internal struggle. While this story will have a wider audience, libraries in which Homer Hickam's Rocket Boys (Delacorte, 1998) is popular will want to promote it.

Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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From Publishers Weekly:

Joinson (March of Glory) evokes the hardships of life in a turn-of-the-century southern Illinois mining town in this affecting novel. Her 16-year-old heroine, Katy Sollis, knows there must be something better than the grit and terrible dangers of the mines, and she's determined to find it. Innate resilience helps her withstand the daily toll of poverty and her bitter, careworn mother's pressure on her to quit school and marry a coarse man she barely knows. Katy dreams of going to St. Louis and maybe becoming a "lady type-writer" or even a teacher, but she also thinks she loves her brother's best friend, who has no intention of ever leaving Buckeye City. While the plot occasionally verges on the melodramatic and some of the writing borders on the formulaic ("Believe in yourself, and don't ever lose hope," the schoolteacher tells Katy at the end), Joinson succeeds in creating compelling conflicts, and she doesn't take the easy route in resolving them. When Katy finally makes her escape, it is not without a real sense of what she is sacrificing. Ages 12-up.

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