Adirondack Goldis the story of a young boy of the 1890s adjusting to life on a small farm in the southern Adirondack town of Thurman. Hollis Ingraham hope to earn--or find on Crane Mountain--enough money to be reunited with his widowed, impoverished mother. While staying with his grandparents in Thurman, Hollis learns much about the importance of family and community. He softens the heart of his embittered grandfather and forges a bond with his deceased father. Suitable for kids age 9 - 99. Teachers planning to use the book in the classroom should ask about the Teacher's Guide. Adirondack Gold was published in 2003, and a sequel, Adirondack Gold II: A Summer of Strangers, followed in 2008.
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The author is greatly indebted to the John Thurman Historical Society, whose publications share accounts of life in Thurman in days of yore, and to local folks who told of growing up without electricity, telephone and indoor plumbing. You all helped.
One reviewer said, “Granger’s writing, vivid and full of verve, is in a league with theirs [Jeanne Robert Foster, Paul Schaefer, Sue Halpern and Bill McKibben]. She has the storyteller’s knack of pulling the reader into the story. She develops strong characters and captures the essence of Adirondack places. … Even though “Adirondack Gold” was written for young adults, it transcends its genre. Strong writing and research makes it highly recommended for readers of any age who are interested in the Adirondacks, 19th-century New York history or rural life.”
(Review by John Rowen, published in the Schenectady Gazette, March 2004)
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