Devastated by the death of her father, fifteen-year-old Katelin fills her days being the center of attention with her friends to make up for her grief. Just days before the first anniversary of her father’s death, her mom drops the worst news possible. She and her younger brother Simon are being sent for the summer to their great-grandmother who lives in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains.
Discovering the magic of the forest surrounding the house filled with talking birds and faeries, along with the entrance to the world of Dhumfeld inhabited by trolls, fail to lighten the emotional turmoil raging inside of her.
That is until Nana is kidnapped by an angry troll from another world. Now Katelin and Simon must enlist the help of the fairies and birds from the fantasmagorical forest along with the gentle trolls from the world of Dhumfeld in a frantic race to rescue her.
When she finds herself in a terrifying world inhabited by vile forest creatures and ruthless killer trolls, Katelin knows she must survive at any cost. Nana’s life depends on her.
With only Piney the mole as her companion, she fights to find her way back to the land of Dhumfeld with the two stones and face the troll who kidnapped Nana.
In 1933 the Great Depression and Dust Bowl brought devastation to thousands of people. For thirteen-year-old Sammy Larkin, it made him an orphan. Refusing to allow the state to take his seven-year-old sister, Birdie and himself from their farm, he decides to do the impossible - live as if his parents were still alive.
Learning to lie and steal, he embarks on an eye-opening fight for survival in the Oklahoma panhandle, finding help in the most unexpected places. The fear of failure overshadows his every decision. Along with a mangy stray dog and new-found friends, he struggles to adapt to the world of adults, discovering the ugly side of life, all the while questioning why his parents left them.
Battling constant dust storms known as black blizzards, a menacing drifter, and hunger, he fights to get through each day, hoping for a miracle. When circumstances dictate a change in his plans, he has to make a life-altering decision.
2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion ™ Honoree
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