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“Beautifully spare language portrays the quiet story of a good guy.” —VOYA “Readers will identify with Remy and his feeling of being torn between a comfortable past and uncertain future.” —Booklist “This timeless drama of a teen trying to make the right decision about his future is credibly set against timely issues about bad local economies based on unsustainable mining practices, making for a memorable and truly compelling coming-of-age-story.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books“Thoughtfully written.” —Teensreadtoo.com“An intimate look into a young man’s life and the decisions he must make.” —Towerofbooks.wordpress.com“A beautifully written male character.” —Apatchworkofbooks.blogspot.com“A great look at reasons to leave home versus reasons to stay (without involving any abuse, death or depression) and also has an environmental angle involving mountain top removal . . . . Very well done.” —ChasingRay.com
MELISSA WYATT fell in love with the landscape of Appalachia on trips “home” with her husband, whose family is from West Virginia. She lives in York, Pennsylvania.
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List