By Roberta T. Herrin
This finished bibliography comprises books written approximately or set in Appalachia from the 18th century to the current. Titles signify the full quarter as outlined via the Appalachian neighborhood fee, together with parts of thirteen states stretching from southern long island to northern Mississippi. The bibliography is prepared in alphabetical order by way of writer, and every name is followed by way of an annotation, so much of which come with composite reports and important analyses of the paintings. All vintage genres of kid's literature are represented.
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New York: Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan, 1972. 6–up During World War II, Angus MacLeod lost two sons, and now he is about to lose his ancestral farm in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains to progress—an extension of a national park and a highway. MacLeod had hoped that his ten-year-old grandson Tor would inherit the farm, love it, and work it, but he loses out to the United States government. Almost too predictably, MacLeod’s Mennonite neighbors dismantle, move, and rebuild all the farm buildings on another property.
A glossary and index would have improved the book (School Library Journal, May 1, 1988). Ayres, Katherine Macaroni Boy. New York: Delacorte, 2003. 4–7 The title of this book comes from bully Andy Simms, who taunts Mike Costa because his Italian family owns Costa Brothers Fine Foods. Set in Pittsburgh during the Depression, the plot centers on the mysterious illnesses of Mike’s grandfather, the deaths of two hobos, and dying rats. “Ayres peppers her story with vivid period details (including descriptions of the city’s immigrant population), but the historical color cannot salvage a disappointing, often unappetizing plot” (Publishers Weekly, Jan.
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