In the storytelling tradition of Fred Gipson and Wilson Rawls comes the remarkable tale of a ten-year-old girl in rural America and a runaway circus dog named Shorty. Charity's family has recently moved to southern Illinois, leaving behind a more prosperous life of horses and tobacco in Kentucky and transitioning into a period of economic hardship. The frustrations of this displacement are compounded in Charity's life by her loner status, her mischievous older brothers, and parental conflict. As a friendless summer begins, the girl attempts to cope through the use of her overactive imagination. Everything changes when the wreck of a circus train brings the remarkable Shorty to the farm. The talented canine is both a shot of life and a caustic catalyst in the family ecosystem. Through a series of adventures: whimsical, thrilling and heartbreaking alike, Charity is able to mature and survive through what becomes the most important summer of her life.
- Electronic book text
- 01 Sep 2011
- Morrisville, NC, United States