When Garnet’s mother decides it’s time for a change, she drops off her daughter at her aunt June’s house in Black Rock, Virginia, while she goes to Florida to find a job. Garnet has never met Aunt June, so she feels angry and abandoned. But Aunt June thinks Garnet is there for a reason. Each week, Garnet and June visit a different religious service as Aunt June, who has cancer, tries to find God. After a miraculous spiritual healing occurs and an unexpected visitor comes to town, Garnet learns the power of love and forgiveness, and what being a family truly means.
“Indeed, readers will warm to all of these characters who exude simple, unaffected grace and temperate, understandable human failings.” —BCCB
“Fans of quaint, historical settings, strong characters faced with difficult decisions, and love-conquers-all themes will enjoy this book.” —VOYA
“White captures a small rural community in the mid-1950s that is peopled with likable, memorable characters.” —School Library Journal
* “This heartwarming story has more than a touch of wonder. Expanding one’s emotional life, the work of teens, is beautifully captured here, and Garnet’s hard-won success will reach across the decades to today’s readers.” —Booklist, starred review
Praise for Way Down Deep:
* “A tale of magical beginnings and the everyday magic of an ordinary place populated by a colorful cast of characters worthy of Dickens. A story to love.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “At the heart of the story are profound questions that readers will enjoy puzzling out.” —Booklist, starred review