Friday, November 9, 2012
by Jeannie Mobley
McElderry Books, 2012. 246 pgs. Fiction.
Katerina knows all about broken dreams. Her father brought her family to America in order to follow his dream of owning his own land and having a farm someday. But so far, those dream have come to naught. Katerina's father works long hard days down in the dangerous mines for hardly enough money to live on, much less enough to get ahead in life someday. Her new life is nothing but hard back breaking work, with nothing to show for it at the end of the day.
Then one day, Katerina happens upon a place that seems like one of those places you find only in the old tales--the kind of place that has the magic to grant wishes. In a moment of whimsy, Katerina allows herself to makes a secret wish, and that wish is the catalyst for more adventure (and trouble) than she could ever have imagined.
A thought provoking and gentle story about the indomitable human spirit and the dreams that we all reach for.