With A Hammer for My Heart by George Ella Lyon

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Garland calls an old school bus his home. His life had been blown apart by a long-ago war and a family repelled by the alchemy of guilt and booze. Young Lawanda is fascinated by him. Her grandmother remembers the teacher Garland was before he left for World War II. His estranged daughter remember the monster he was when he came back. Only Lawanda knows him now. And this burden moves many to tell in their own Appalachian voices a story of unforgettable resonance.
 

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George Ella Lyon has written many books for young readers including the award-winning picture book "You and Me and Home Sweet Home", illustrated by Stephanie Anderson, which was named an Honor Book for the Jane Addam's Award; Mother" to Tigers;""No Dessert Forever!", both illustrated by Peter Catalanotto and "Trucks Roll!" illustrated by Craig Frazier. Her novel, "Sonny's House of Spies", earned two starred reviews and was nominated for a Kentucky Bluegrass Award. George Ella lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her family. Find out more about the author visit www.georgeellalyon.com
 
Published September 15, 1997 by DK CHILDREN. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Fiction

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Lawanda Ingles, the appealing 15-year-old heroine of this resonant debut novel, dreams of being the first person in her family to attend college. Ignoring the scarcity of money in Cardin, Ky., she set

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But when some punks steal Garland's notebook, which contains thoughts about Lawanda that some townspeople interpret as veiled allusions to an improper relationship, Garland is jailed.

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