The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell

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Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiancé, seventeen-year-old Zora Stewart leaves
Baltimore for the frontier town of West Glory, Oklahoma, to help her young widowed
aunt keep her homestead going. There she discovers that she possesses the astonishing
ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a
“springsweet” to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of
holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land.
Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water.
Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving
and start living.

About Saundra Mitchell

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Saundra Mitchell is a screenwriter and author. Her companion novels The Vespertine, The Springsweet, and The Elementals have been praised for their rich historical settings, evocative language, and heart-pounding romance. Her debut novel, Shadowed Summer, was a 2010 Edgar Award Nominee, a Junior Library Guild selection, and an ALAN Pick. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and her two children. Visit her website at
Published April 17, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 289 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Westerns, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In this sequel to The Vespertine (2011), Zora decides to escape from her life in Baltimore when she can’t get over the death of her true love.

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Have you read Saundra Mitchell’s The Vespertine?* If so, and if you liked it, then you’re probably already looking forward to The Springsweet.

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He has always admired her from afar, but now he wants to make his admiration known, so he follows her to the west and takes up a teaching position in West Glory.

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