It's the 1930's in Kentucky and the Great Depression is stealing hopes and dreams. Twelve year old Artie Wilson lives on a farm in the hill country and does her part to help her family survive the difficult times. Artie dreams of leaving her farm, of getting a high school diploma and of heading to the big city and college. Her mother suffers from tuberculosis and needs Artie's help with their new baby. Artie is hanging her hopes on winning an essay contest with a prize of $25.00. It could send her on her way. It doesn't help that at school Sarah Jane has everything money can buy or so Artie thinks. This is a story of family, of hope and of loyalty and love. 196 pages Ages 10-14
Poor Is Just A Starting Place
Holiday House, 2005
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