After the financial crash, Ellie and her family have lost nearly everything—including their home in town. They have started over, carving out a new life in the unforgiving terrain of Echo Mountain. Though her sister Esther, especially, resents everything about the mountain, Ellie has found more freedom, a new strength, and a love of the natural world that now surrounds them. But there is little joy, even for Ellie, as they all struggle with the sorrow and aftermath of an accident that left her father in a coma. An accident for which Ellie has accepted the unearned weight of blame.
Urgent for a cure to bring her father back, Ellie is determined to try anything. Following her heart, and the lead of a scruffy mutt, Ellie will make her way to the top of the mountain, in search of the healing secrets of a woman known only as “the hag.” But the mountain still has many untold stories left to reveal to Ellie, as she finds her way forward among a complex constellation of strong women spanning generations.
JLG Release: Sep 2020
Awards & Honors
Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Best Middle Grade Books of 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal
School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 4.3; Points: 11;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life
Family life, Neighborliness, Great Depression (1929-1939), Twentieth-century history of Maine, Friendship, Illness, Accidents, Injuries, Girls and women, Rural life, Mountains,