Where the Lilies Bloom by Bill Cleaver

Where the Lilies Bloom

byBill Cleaver, Vera CleaverIllustratorJim Spanfeller

Paperback | September 18, 2001

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Mary Call has promised her dying father to keep her brother and sisters together forever on the mountain, and never to take any help from strangers. She is determined to keep her word. No matter what. At first she is sure she can manage. Romey, Ima Dean, and Devola help gather herbs to sell in town; the riches of the mountains will surely keep the family clothed and fed. But then winter comes, fast and furious, and Mary Call has to learn that the land where the lilies bloom is also a cruel and unforgiving place, and it may take more than a promise to keep her family together.

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Title:Where the Lilies BloomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.56 inPublished:September 18, 2001Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0064470059

ISBN - 13:9780064470056

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Set in the Appalachian hills, the story, narrated by 14-year-old Mary Call, tells of her efforts to keep her family together and independent after their sharecropper father dies. School Library Journal Best of the Best (1969); ALA Notable Children's Book; New York Times Outstanding Children's Book of 1969.

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“Altogether a special presence, a special power.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))