Exploring West Virginia

Exploring West Virginia

West Virginia for Children

Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln

cover photo: Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln by Patricia Polacco JE POL.P

When two brothers visit a museum in Harper's Ferry with their grandmother, they find themselves in a very realistic Civil War setting where they see the Antietam battlefield and meet historical figures from the aftermath of that momentous battle. Includes author's note on the Battle of Antietam.

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West Virginia: The Mountain State

cover photo: West Virginia: The Mountain State by Robin Michal Koontz J 975.4 KOO.M

From its massive mountains to its complex history, West Virginia is a truly fascinating state. Readers of this information-packed book will learn about the state's breathtaking landscapes, rich natural resources, and Appalachian culture.

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West Virginia: Past and Present

cover photo: West Virginia: Past and Present by Ann Byers J 975.4 BYE.A

West Virginia is a state of mountains and mountaineers, forever reaching to the sky and well-grounded within the rich earth. Its compelling history is revealed here in great detail and with a suitably noble and uplifting spirit.

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Child of the Mountains

cover photo: Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank J SHA.M

In the early 1950s, Lydia Hawkins has grown up poor in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia with her widowed mother, brother BJ, who has cystic fibrosis, and her Gran. When Gran and BJ die and her mother is jailed unjustly, Lydia must try to remain strong and clear her mother's name, even after she learns a shocking secret from the uncle with whom she is sent to live.

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Billy Creekmore: A Novel

cover photo: Billy Creekmore: A Novel by Tracey Porter J PORTER

In 1905, 10-year-old Billy is taken from an orphanage to live with an aunt and an uncle of whose existence he was previously unaware. He enjoys his first taste of family life until his work in a coal mine and his involvement with a union bring trouble. He then joins a circus in hopes of finding his father.

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When the Whistle Blows

cover photo: When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton J SLA.F

Jimmy Cannon tells about his life in the 1940s as the son of a West Virginia railroad man, loving the trains and expecting one day to work on the railroad like his father and brothers.

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The Miner's Daughter

cover photo: The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskas J LAS.G

Willa, living in a Depression-era West Virginia mining town, works hard to help her family, experiences love and friendship, and finds an outlet for her writing when her family becomes part of the Arthurdale community supported by Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Way Down Deep

cover photo: Way Down Deep by Ruth White J WHI.R

In the West Virginia town of Way Down Deep in the 1950s, a foundling called Ruby June is happily living with Miss Arbutus at the local boarding house when suddenly, after the arrival of a family of outsiders, the mystery of Ruby's past begins to unravel.

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Finding Family

cover photo: Finding Family by Tonya Bolden J BOL.T

At the turn of the 20th century, 12-year-old Delana is being raised in Charleston by her grandfather and aunt, who tell her off-putting tales about family members she's never met. After her aunt dies, Delana is shocked to learn the truth about her parents and some of her other relatives.

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Teddy Bear Helps on the Farm

cover photo: Teddy Bear Helps on the Farm by Martin Wach J 372.13 TEDD

Teddy Bear Helps on the Farm is a unique collection of short stories and activities written by the children of Appalachia to inspire others.

Close to Famous

cover photo: Close to Famous by Joan Bauer J BAU.J

Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother’s abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, where they use their strengths to build a new life with the new friends they find in the community.

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Jennifer Garner

cover photo: Jennifer Garner by Marika Jeffery J B GAR.J

Provides information about the celebrity's personal life, romantic relationships, professional achievements and philanthropic efforts. Also discusses the many challenges and adversities she faced.

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