A young teenager deals with her family’s disintegration with the help of a teacher who gives her a summer job working in his garden.
Haley’s excited about turning 13, but her teenage years start off with a thud when, shortly after her birthday, her mother checks herself into the hospital for severe depression. Her older brother, Otis, is busy with his job selling clothes, and Haley tries to keep her mind off the family problems with her own job, helping a music teacher clean up his backyard garden. As Haley’s family life becomes more and more unstable, it’s her work and her growing friendship with her employer that sustain her. When Otis gets arrested for selling stolen goods and a social worker takes Haley into a group home, it’s her employer she turns to to help her pick up the pieces.
Sharon Dennis Wyeth, an African American writer and educator born and raised in Washington, D.C., is the author of numerous award-winning books for children and young adults. She is acquainted with the challenges faced by contemporary families both through her… More about Sharon Dennis Wyeth
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Published by Yearling Dec 18, 2007| 208 Pages| Middle Grade (10 and up)| ISBN 9780307414427
Praise for Once on This River: "Young people will be caught by the history . . . and they will want to find out more about it." — Booklist
Praise for Always My Dad: "In joyful prose, Wyeth paints a vivid portrait of a treasured time with Dad." — Booklist
From the Hardcover edition.
Before becoming an author of children’s books, Sharon Dennis Wyeth went through many different career changes. Her first job after graduating from Radcliffe College was as a family counselor at a day-care center in New York City. She then went on to become an actress, producer, and playwright—and, at one time, owner of her own off-off-Broadway theater. She was also a writer for daytime television, a voice teacher, and a Public Speaking Consultant. She has been a children’s book author since 1985.
Born: April 19 in Washington, D.C.
Education: Radcliffe College—Harvard University
Currently lives: Upper Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband Sims and daughter Georgia
Previous jobs: Family counselor, actress, voice teacher, and television writer
Pets: Roscoe, a chocolate brown, fluffy, large poodle!
Favorite hobbies: hiking, cooking, reading, gardening, singing, dancing Favorite foods: pasta, hot chocolate, corn on the cob Favorite clothes to wear: long dresses, big hats, sundresses, and huge earrings! Favorite colors: blue, brown, and red Favorite books: books by Toni Morrison, Jane Austen, Walter Dean Myers, and Mary Pope Osborne (also fairy tales and picture books!)
Inspiration for writing: Remembrances of my childhood; watching my daughter grow up; my husband (who is also a friend); the young people I meet in my travels — they are curious, capable, and filled with wonder! Books I read and all the great people who share my interests: educators, librarians, people in publishing, friends who are also writers. My desire to share what I have learned and to pass on something beautiful.