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The Newbery Award-winning author of "Up a Road Slowly" presents the unforgettable story of a brave boy who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War.
Georgie Burgess lay in the clean white bed, relaxed and contented, glad to be alone and able to have a waking dream of what it would be like when he could be close to his rosebush again. After pain and a fear that had stayed with him con stantly until it wore him out and made his body sick, after all the terrible days, his rosebush was safe and because of that, it was safe for him to rest. Sister Mary Angela did not lie. He should have known she was not like his mother. She did not lie and he felt safe in believing that his rose was now where it belonged in the beautiful garden that was like a page in his flower book. Before Georgie Burgess came to live in the home for boys, his world had been a world of terror, anxiety, shame, and mistrust. The ugly scars and bruises that cov ered his body had not been inflicted by "some big kids" as he claimed, but at home, where he was regularly beaten and battered. The psychic wounds of that abuse were more devastating than the welts and broken bones. A powerful, timely novel about a young boy, who victimized by child abuse, makes his way back to a point where he can accept and give love, replacing suspicion with trust and friendship.
When he was just 15, Josh had to make his own way through a country of angry and frightened people, during the Great Depression.
After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a schoolteacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.
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