The Ballad of Jessie Pearl by Shannon Hitchcock

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"Sometimes when the kerosene lamp casts shadows, I think I see Ma’s ghost. If she were still alive, she’d say, Jessie Pearl, you keep on studying. Not everybody is cut out to be a farm wife. We’ll find a way to pay for teachers’ college. Leave your pa to me."

"And tonight, Ma would notice how my hands are trembling. I can almost hear her voice. Jessie, fourteen is too young to help birth a baby. Why don’t you go and study in the kitchen? But Ma is just a memory."

It’s 1922, and Jessie has big plans for her future, but that’s before tuberculosis strikes. Though she has no talent for cooking, cleaning, or nursing, Jessie puts her dreams on hold to help her family. She falls in love for the first time ever, and suddenly what she wants is not so simple anymore.

Inspired by Shannon Hitchcock’s family history, The Ballad of Jessie Pearl wraps you like an old quilt in the traditions, tastes, and dialect of rural North Carolina.
 

About Shannon Hitchcock

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SHANNON HITCHCOCK grew up in rural North Carolina on a 100-acre farm. Her extended family and love of the south are integral to her stories. Shannon's picture book biography, Overgrown Jack was nominated for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award. Her writing has been published in Highlights for Children, Cricket, Children's Writer, and other magazines.Shannon currently lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and teenaged son. Her first novel, The Ballad of Jessie Pearl, was inspired by a family story.
 
Published December 9, 2012 by namelos llc. 142 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All of that becomes very unlikely after one of her elder sisters falls ill with tuberculosis, forcing Jessie to leave school to nurse her dying sibling and later to become surrogate mother to her sister’s infant son.

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Hitchcock’s debut novel introduces 14-year-old Jessie Pearl, who endures more than her fair share of hardships, beginning with the death of her mother. Opening in 1922, the story follows the daily act

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Carrie’s dying wish is for Jessie to care for her newborn son, Ky, and while Jessie loves the infant (and falls in love with a neighbor boy), she agonizes over which path to choose—follow her dreams or stay and support the family.

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Gr 5 Up—Despite advances like Model Ts and tuberculosis sanatoriums, rural life in the early 20th century is difficult. Fourteen-year-old Jessie Pearl Hennings has promised her late mother that she will finish school and go on to teacher's college, but the dea

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