Summer of the Skunks by Wilmoth Marshall Foreman

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Told from the point of view of the third of four children, ten-year-old Jill, this moving novel portrays one summer in the life of a family being raised by two loving parents. Jill's dad is a factory foreman, while her mom is a homemaker. The three eldest children help around the house, but 16-year-old Margo hates country living, and Jill's adored brother Calvin is growing up and ignoring her. It seems only her four-year-old brother is really happy at home. The family's summer begins with their discovery that a family of skunks has moved in under their house. Afraid that the skunks will be startled and release their scents, the family tiptoes around until Calvin devises a plan to remove them. The skunks bring a myriad of problems, but the real change comes when a childhood friend of Jill's father shows up drunk one night, rousing the entire family from their beds. The children take J. B. in and sneak food to him in his hideaway in a distant corner of their property. Jill's limitless spunk and courage help her learn the value of family and friends as she comes to understand her own identity and role within the family.
 

About Wilmoth Marshall Foreman

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Wilmoth Foreman grew up on a five-acre farm on the outskirts of Columbia, Tennessee. She has an MFA in writing from Vermont College and is on the Tennessee Arts Commissions roster as an Artists in Education teacher of writing. She has been a church organist since eighth grade and lives with her husband in Columbia. They have three grown children, two cats, and a dog.
 
Published September 9, 2009 by namelos. 162 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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While their young brother and their hardworking parents are otherwise engaged, Jill and her older siblings, newly adolescent Calvin and citified high school junior Margo hatch a scheme to drive out the skunks that are nesting underneath their house and thus obliging Jill's family to stay unnatura...

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Then one day, Jill's older brother Calvin comes up with a plan to help Jill and sister Margo get rid of the skunks.

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