HALLEY A Young Adult Novel
Times are hard in Depression-era Georgia mountain country. Even so, fourteen-year-old Halley Owenby, her younger brother, Robbie, and their parents, Jim and Kate, manage to get by until Jim dies suddenly in an accident, and Kate decides she and her children have no choice but to move in with her parents. Like her father, Halley has never cared for her grandparents. Her grandfather Franklin is a fire-and brimstone fundamentalist preacher who runs a strick and joyless household. A miserly tyrant, he claims any money the women in his household earn. Even their mail he considers his to read first. Waiting for the Rapture, when Jesus will return, may suit her grandparents and many others of the same faith, but Halley wants more. She yearns for some control of her life. She longs for an education, which she firmly believes would eventually allow choices. Little does she suspect that such dreams might actually come true.
"A richly rewarding look at an era." Kirkus (Starred Review)
"Readers will be reluctant to put this book down until they have learned the fate of Halley and her family." USA TODAY LIFE
"Gibbons…paints a convincing picture of Appalachian life during the Great Depression." Tuscaloosa News
EMMA JO'S SONG illustrated by Sherry Meidell
The Pucketts love music. Everyone in the family plays an instrument and sings--everyone except Emma Jo. Then comes the day of the big Puckett family reunion, and the sound of fiddles and banjos fills the air. Emma Jo's brother suggests that she get up and sing "This Little Light of Mine." Before he gets a chance to tease her, Emma Jo jumps out of her seat and faces a house full of Pucketts. She opens her mouth--and lets out a quivering squeak. But all ends triumphantly when Emma Jo gets a little help from a friend.
"A pleasant slice of life story that will work equally well in a group or one-on-one setting." BOOKLIST
"Well Recommended Book" selection by Children's Bookwatch
MOUNTAIN WEDDING illustrated by Ted Rand
The Searcy kids don't like the Longs, and the Long children aren't crazy about the Searcys. So on the day of their parents' wedding, there's a lot of fussing and fighting in the preacher's yard. Mandy Searcy makes faces at one of the Long girls, Larry tackles little Earl...and it takes a swarm of honeybees and a runaway wagon to help the feuding families say, "we do."
Child Study "Book of the Year"
Society of School Libarians International Book Award
Library Guild Selection