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It should have been easy, but that one pack of chewing gum bought at Red Owl on a summer's day changed everything. Ivy May Ames put the Black Jack on the counter, pushed a nickel beside it, and waited behind a woman with a generous backside for her turn. '"So Marge,'' the woman said, lowering her voice, ''I see Ruth Ames has her kids with today.''
''Yah . . . good kids . . . too bad that oldest one with the funny name . . . Birdie, I think it is . . . is so slow. He's the little one, kind of a runt. Always got a big grin on his face but . . .''
Marge twirled her forefinger by her head and gave the cash register an extra chink. And then Ivy May heard the word moron for the first time.
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Mary Ellen Johnson grew up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota in the 1940s, one of six children. She graduated from Minnesota State University - Mankato and taught English for thirty years. Her first novel, Lambs Dancing, received a Midwest Book Award. Mary Ellen and her husband, Carl, live on Lake Pulaski in Buffalo, Minnesota. They have five children and nine grandchildren.
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Book Description Beaver's Pond Press, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1592983588