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Mississippi, 1927, for years, Garrett and Molly dreamed of seeing more of the world than the cotton fields and the dusty poverty of their Mississippi Delta farms. They've been stashing away hard-earned pennies and nickels in a tin-can bank, hidden deep in the bayou. Now rising flood waters threaten the hiding place of their money, and they set out on their homemade raft to retrieve it. But the raging Mississippi has other plans, and suddenly Garrett and Molly find themselves in a deadly battle with the dangerous currents and roiling rapids of the debris-strewn river- fighting not for their life savings, but for their lives. Recommended for Ages 8-12
When the raging Mississippi threatens their secret cache of hard-earned nickels and pennies, Molly Bride and Garrett Wood risk their lives to retrieve the money that's their escape from the grinding poverty of their lives as sharecroppers.
Kathleen Dueys works include the middle grade American Diaries and Survivors series, as well as the well-reviewed chapter book series The Unicorns Secret and its companion series, The Faeries Promise. She is also the National Book Awardnominated author of Skin Hunger. She lives in Fallbrook, California.
Karen A. Bale grew up in southern California and graduated from the University California Riverside. She has written seventeen historical romances, including the successful seven-book Sweet Medicines Prophecy series. She has done freelance work for several years, including helping to write two nonfiction books. Karen still resides in southern California, ten miles from the Pacific Ocean.