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Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Evergreen Farm
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
A New York Times bestseller
Will the dam hold?
Julie Wallace has always wanted to write. Trying to escape the Great Depression, Julies father buys the Alderton Sentinel, a small-town newspaper in flood-prone Alderton, Pennsylvania, and moves his family there. As flash floods ominously increase, Julies investigative reporting uncovers secrets that could endanger the entire community.
Julie, the newspaper, and her family are thrown into a perilous standoff with the owners of the steel mills as they investigate the conditions of the immigrant laborers. As the Alderton Sentinel and Julie take on a more aggressive role to reform these conditions, seething tensions come to a head.
When a devastating tragedy follows a shocking revelation, Julies courage and strength are tested. Will truth and justice win, or will Julie lose everything she holds dear?
Catherine Marshall (19141983), New York Times bestselling author, is best known for her novel Christy, which captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. She shared the story of her husband, Peter Marshall, in A Man Called Peter. The film adaptation, an immediate box office hit, was nominated for an Academy Award. A decade after Peters untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, executive editor of Guideposts. The writing team collaborated on Christy and seventeen other books, often at their home on Evergreen Farm. Catherines career spanned four decades and thirty million readers.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Young Woman's JourneyApril 22, 2018SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Catherine Marshalls portrayal of small town Pennsylvania in the 1930s draws readers in. Alderton is run by the wealthy while the less privileged need a voice.
Julie is a young woman in the midst of change as her family moves from a pastorate in Alabama to a newspaper in Pennsylvania. And then theres the fact its Julies final year of high school.
While she is mature for her agehelping her father with the newpaper while keeping up her studies and doing her chores at homeJulie is a typical, sometimes nave, teenage girl when it comes to the men in her life. Shes got crushes, shes unsure about her relationship with others, she worries about her future.
Depression, greed, love, class separation and prejudices, loss and the environment all play a role as Julies inquisitive mind leads her to delve deep. Dont miss Julies discovery of the woman she will become as well as her faith and her place in the community during this turbulent period of American history.
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Katelyn S. BoldsAge: 18-24Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A relate-able tale of a young girl finding her truthApril 10, 2018Katelyn S. BoldsAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Senior year of high school, Julie's family uproots and moves to a new town, where her father has just invested their entire savings into a floundering newspaper. Town tensions are high between the "lowlanders" and the industrial big-wigs, with unionization threats, demanding better working conditions and higher wages in the slum-like steel mill workers. On top of it all, the dam holding back the man made lake above the town, threatens to spill it's banks.
In all of this, Julie is just a girl with high ideals, struggling with the changes, and writing in her journal. Since you're reading from her perspective, you get to observe her thoughts on everything from the eligible bachelors in town to her desire to write and expose the truth. She's naive, a troublemaker, and above all, extremely relate-able.
She and others in this book also struggle with many questions about God--how God allows bad things to happen to good people; how to have a personal relationship with God; what Christians are called to do about evil in the world. The young pastor in town represents the ideaology of the Social Gospel movement, which preached doing the works of Christ almost to the point where some believed that was entirely the way of salvation. Mr. Wallace (Julie's father) and Dean (a local Steel worker) balance out that way of thinking, showing that with a true relationship with God, He will call you to many ways of ministry. This depiction of inner-questioning in the book was extremely enlightening and leads readers in a way that is neither preachy nor didactic.
The story picks up slowly, and is the most interesting in the last two-thirds of the book, but the first part is essential for establishing the Wallace family background and that of the town. If you get stuck, push through, because this book is definitely worth reading.
In addition to everything happening with Julie's career as a newspaper journalist, the book also focuses on her potential suitors, at least four serious ones! Man, if only I was that popular in high school. Julie takes casual dating lightly, and declines most boys' offers to drive her up to Lookout Point for some "necking". Julie is a proper young girl but genuinely feels her human desires and there are a few kissing scenes that are quite intense. There are also several instances of bad language, but it is treated in a good way. Because of that and other factors, I would recommend this book to a Young Adult to Adult audience.