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|BOOKS ON APPALACHIA|
|TITILE & AUTHOR||TIME SETTING|
|SUMMARY OF BOOK||TOPICS|
|Rylant Appalachia: Voices of Sleeping Birds||Present||Talks about the kinds of people and animals who live in Appalachia||Dogs|
|Rylant When I Was Young in the Mountains||1950's||A little girl talks about living in a coal mining community long ago.||Country Store|
|Rylant The Relatives Came||Present||A family reunion begins when the relatives arrive from Virginia||Families|
|Houston My Great Aunt Arizona||Turn of the Century||A young woman longs to travel but circumstances combine to make actual travel impossible. She becomes a teacher and travels with her students in her mind.||Teachers|
|Houston The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree||1918||A mother keeps a promise her husband made to provide the perfect tree for the village's Christmas. Together she and her child fulfill the arduous task.||Promises|
|Hendershot In Coal Country||1950s||This is a nostalgic view of growing up in a coal mining town||Mining|
|Dionetti Coal Mining Peaches||Early 20th Century||Grandfather had many jobs, starting as a coal miner and later working on the Brooklyn Bridge||Occupations|
|Lowry Rabble Starkey||Present||A mother and daughter become extremely involved with the household of the mother's employer. Mrs. Bigelow is mentally ill and nearly causes the death of her own son.||Mental illness|
|Paterson, Come Sing Jimmy Jo||Present||The youngest child of a family of country singers is left at home with his grandmother while the others are on tour.||Country music|
|White, Sweet Creek Holler||1948||Life in a coal mining town for a family after their coal mining father is murdered.||Coal mining|
|Caudill, Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charlie?||Present||An imaginative and non conforming child has difficulty adjusting the rules of the Little School in the mountains.||School|
|Burch, Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain||1930s||Ida Early is an eccentric but when she takes over the household of this motherless family, she brings love and life.||Eccentrics|
|Burch, Christmas with Ida Early||1930s||Ida's contributions to the Christmas Pageant are unconventional to say the least||Christmas|
|Houston Littlejim||1918||A boy attempts to earn his father's respect||Fathers/Sons|
World War I
|Naylor Shiloh||Present||A boy attempts to befriend an abused dog||Dogs|
|Rappaport Trouble at the Mines||1898||This is a fictionalized account of the coal miner's strike in Arnot, PA||Mining|
|Reeder Moonshiner's Son||1920s||A boy is torn between family loyalty and the opinions of others including the law||Prohibition|
|TITLE AND AUTHOR||SUMMARY||MOTIFS|
|Chase The Jack Tales||Many of these stories are variants of more commonly known folk tales. All of them surround the character of Jack, the trickster.||Tricksters|
Little one outwitting big ones
|Chase Grandfather Tales||An anthology of folktales from the Appalachians|
|Moser Polly Vaughn||A traditional ballad is the inspiration for this story of feuding mountain families||Feuds|
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