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A timely coming of age novel set against a backdrop of the controversial issue of fracking.
Eleven-year-old Fern's rundown home borders a pristine forest, where her impoverished family hunts and forages for food. It's also her refuge from the crushing responsibility of caring for her wild younger brothers and PTSD-stricken stepfather. But when a fracking company rolls into town, Fern realizes that her special grove could be ripped away, and no one else seems to care.
Her stepfather thinks a job with the frackers could help pull the family out of poverty. Her wealthy grandfather--who wants to take custody of Fern and her brothers--likes the business it brings to his manufacturing company. Facing adversity from all sides, can one young girl make a difference in the fate of her family and their way of life?
★ ”An uncommonly fine account of perseverance and understanding in the face of adversity.” –Booklist
★ ”This nuanced take on a pressing issue is an important one. Middle-grade readers will find much to think about in this beautifully written story.” –Kirkus
★ ”Without lecturing, [Helget] encourages readers to be thoughtful and curious.” –Publishers Weekly