Robbie Lee and the Wilds of Houston Valley
by R.M. Parrish
Robbie Lee Wilds turns six just after the devastating stock market crash of 1929. This funny and moving historical novel is based on stories passed down from the author’s grandmother. The Wilds of Houston Valley weather the Great Depression living happily off the land. Sustained by the love and decency that flourish in their valley like the maple and oak on its surrounding hills, this hardworking farm family never loses sight of its values. Hoover’s Presidency and FDR’s New Deal measures like the heralded Tennessee Valley Authority are fascinating landmarks in this young girl’s life. Through it all, the fiercely inquisitive Robbie wonders about life beyond the valley. She discovers her voracious appetite for reading, shares her mother’s poignant secret and, above all, learns the meaning of faith.
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