"This non-depressing Depression story depicts a “creative” family trying to avoid foreclosure on their property that is planted in Christmas trees. (In Texas?!?) The glossary is a great addition for the American 1930s public history lesson. Randall Platt continues her award-winning writinghighly recommended! "
Library Director, Warner Pacific College, and Willa Award reviewer
"Can’t see the trees for the forest? Liberty Justice Jones can, but then she’s brilliant little good it does her in a small town in the throes of depression that leave a fatherless family without anything, sometimes even food. Without, except for resourcefulness in the worst of times. This is a transcendent story for all the seasons of life, offering a lesson for here and now. "
JOYCE GIBSON ROACH
Author of The Cowgirls and Horned Toad Canyon
A red-haired girl in search of an education, a draft horse in search of one last chance, a broken-down tractor in search of a missing gear, and a Mexican- American boy in search of a home join forces in a time when nothing was king
Like most everybody else in the middle of The Great Depression, fifteen year old Liberty Justice Jones is, well, stuck. But living smack-dab in the Lost Pines of Texas, where anyone can walk into the forest and chop a tree for free, with a debt-burdened mom who's trying to make a go of a newfangled idea called a Christmas Tree farmthat's stuck bad. Espcially if your dream is college.
Liberty's younger brother, Jefferson, is no help, and neither is their addled grandmother. Liberty's only hope is her own wits. But if she's so smart, she wonders, why can't she figure out a way to help their family and get off this wreck of a farm?
Learning of the five-hundred-dollar prize for the most beautiful Christmas tree delivered to the state capitol, Liberty hatches a plot. With the aid of their aging draft horse, Quiller, their derelict tractor, Stella, and Rudy, a kid pulled between America and Mexico and fresh off the rails, she's determined to move a twenty-five foot tree all the way to Austin in the snow and icewithout getting caught.
With the sparkling dialogue and spunky humor that fans have come to love in her heroines, and perceptive eye and ear for historical detail, award-winning author Randall Platt takes readers young and old on a spirited adventure set in a tune when dreams were all folks had.
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