Saturday, February 22, 2020

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

When the depression hit, both Ellie's parents lost their jobs.  The next thing to go was their home.  So they moved up the mountain and started building a home there.  It was slow and they didn't have much but the family of five has each other...

Dutton Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 21st.

Suddenly Ellie starts finding little figures carved from wood.  She thinks she sees someone but they are gone before she can even think of catching them.  She loves the little figurines and hides them away so her little brother won't take them.

Her father is in a coma, a tree hit him.  She tries all kinds of home remedies and whatever else she can think of to make him better.  Her mother and older sister get angry with her odd attempts.  She remembers that the hag at the top of the hill helped him with a different problem so she goes up to find her and chat with her.  The problem is that she's not well either and now Ellie has two patients...

She finds a boy about her age there, he was the one who did the carvings.They work on helping the old woman. As time goes on, she finds out the old lady used to be a nurse in town, that the young man is her grandson, and that her own son has died

Ellie is still trying to find a cure for her daddy.  Then the old woman gets worse.  She can't help them both so far apart, so she moves her with the boy's help and takes her home.  Her mother isn't too excited about that but she accepts it.  It's a hard row to hoe, but they work on it together.  Ellie even gets to keep the puppy she brought back from death.

This is a good read about simpler times.  It's also filled with herbal knowledge.

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