The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips

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A novel of warmth and true feeling, The Well and the Mine explores the value of community, charity, family, and hope that we can give each other during a time of hardship.

In a small Alabama coal-mining town during the summer of 1931, nine-year-old Tess Moore sits on her back porch and watches a woman toss a baby into her family’s well without a word. This shocking act of violence sets in motion a chain of events that forces Tess and her older sister Virgie to look beyond their own door and learn the value of kindness and lending a helping hand. As Tess and Virgie try to solve the mystery of the well, an accident puts their seven-year-old brother’s life in danger, forcing the Moore family to come to a new understanding of the power of love and compassion.

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About Gin Phillips

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Gin Phillips ( has written several critically acclaimed books for adults, and this is her children's book debut. Gin lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, children, and dog.
Published March 31, 2009 by Riverhead Books. 289 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In Alabama, little Tess has her quiet place, curled on the porch in the evening shadows with the family's creek-fed well keeping her company.

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They are twin black holes of desperation: the family well, down which, one summer night, 9-year-old Tess Moore watches an unknown woman throw her baby, then steal away;

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