On Snowden Mountain
author: Jeri Watts
Ellenís mother has struggled with depression before, but not like this. With her father away fighting in World War II and her mother unable to care for them, Ellenís only option is to reach out to her cold, distant aunt Pearl. Soon enough, city-dwelling Ellen and her mother are shepherded off to the countryside to Aunt Pearlís home, a tidy white cottage at the base of Snowden Mountain. Adjusting to life in a small town is no easy thing: the school has one room, one of her classmates smells of skunks, and members of the community seem to whisper about Ellenís family. But even as she worries that depression is a family curse to which sheíll inevitably succumb, Ellen slowly begins to carve out a space for herself and her mother on Snowden Mountain in this thoughtful, heartfelt middle-grade novel from Jeri Watts.
Twelve-year-old Ellen learns the quiet strength of family when her motherís deep depression prompts her to ask an estranged aunt for help.