Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different

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AUTUMN WINIFRED OLIVER prides herself on doing things her way. But she meets her match when she, her mama, and her pin-curled older sis, Katie, move in with her cantankerous Gramps. The Oliver gals were supposed to join Pop in Knoxville for some big-city living, but Gramps's recent sick spell convinced Mama to stay put in Cades Cove, a place of swishy meadows and shady hollers that lies on the crest of the Great Smoky Mountains.
And it's not like there's nothing going on in the Cove. Folks are all aflutter about turning their land into a national park, and Autumn's not sure what to think. Loggers like Pop need jobs, but if things keep going at the current rate, the forests will soon be chopped to bits. And Gramps seems to think there's some serious tourist money to be made. Looks like something different is definitely in order. . . . "From the Hardcover edition."
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 141.22 x 193.55 x 13.97mm | 149.69g
  • Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0440422558
  • 9780440422556
  • 2,844,877

About Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different is Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s first novel. She's also the author of Selling Hope and The 13th Sign. She lives in middle Tennessee with her husband and their two children.
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Most folks wouldn\'t shove sticks in the beaks of geese to keep them from eating in their gardens, but Autumn Winifred Oliver does things different. In a mountain town so tiny it only has one road leading in and out, different is something folks in Autumn\'s parts don\'t always cotton to. But sometimes it takes a special kind of thinking to make things change, which is the one thing Autumn craves more than anything. Change. Autumn seems to have a lot in common with Gramps, who\'s determined to convince the thirty families in Cades Cove to sign papers that will allow a new national park to border their little town. Convinced that there\'s more to Gramps\' idea than just collecting money from passing tourists, Autumn sets out to find the truth, only to find much more than she\'d bargained for, including more approaching change than she could have imagined. With a setting that jumps to life, debut author Kristin O\'Donnell Tubb tells the story of Cades Cove through strong character voices intertwined with glorious description: \"The trees had turned into a showy blaze of orange and red and yellow bursts - miniature suns, each one. Those durn trees! They put on this spectacle every year, and I swannee they get better at it with practice.\" Historical fiction can sometimes be off-putting to middle grade readers, but the author handles this one so deftly, it\'s not immediately obvious the book is set during the Great Depression. By the time the subject comes up, Autumn has hooked the audience and is off and running. Adventures and folktales carry us through Autumn\'s story as she and her neighbors come to terms with the fact that Cades Cove is about to change forever, one way or another. Readers will appreciate the unique last rites of the small town\'s traditions and ways of life as they give way to modernization, progress, and change. A one-of-a-kind, carefully crafted story with a life of its more
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