Up Molasses Mountain by Julie Baker

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"I couldn’t imagine a life where I couldn’t come up on the hill to get away.”

In 1953, Clay, West Virginia, is a mining town where families have known each other for generations, and the biggest excitement of the year is when the circus comes to town. But that spring, a strike divides Clay and causes a tragic accident that changes 15-year-old Elizabeth’s life in an instant.

The accident sends Elizabeth to the hills in search of comfort. There she befriends Clarence, a high school outcast who has a rare and special animal hidden in the woods. As they care for his pet, they create a fragile refuge from the violence that is building all around them, and within their own families.

About Julie Baker

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Julie Baker and her husband have five children, two cats, and one dog. This is her first novel.
Published May 14, 2002 by Wendy Lamb Books. 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The explosive situation of scare tactics and threats erupts as a coal-hauling train accidentally kills Elizabeth’s boyfriend when his truck stalls on the railroad tracks.

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"Overcoming heartache is sort of like climbing a mountain of molasses," 15-year-old Elizabeth's grandmother tells her.

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