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The Stones of Mourning Creek
Written by Diane LesBecquets


Kirkus Reviews, starred review, 10/1/2001
“On the heels of Kimberly Willis Holt and Kate DiCamillo comes another notable Southern voice. Like the others, Les Becquets deals with a small-town community. Spring Gap, Alabama, in 1966, however, is not a heart-warming or quirky town, but an insidious one, where civil rights have not yet reached and in which residents remain silent out of fear of retaliation from the sheriff and his posse. This silence hides the secrets of 14-year-old Francie Grove's mother's death. African-American Ruthie Taylor and her family become Francie's new family after saving her from a snakebite and while Francie's alcoholic father spends many nights away from home. For her friendship, Francie suffers taunting and even violence. Rooted against the hated bred within a small town are Francie's resilience and her commitment to her friendship with Ruthie; to her first love, Earnest, the town bastard; and to the truth about her mother. Although Francie is 14 and not yet in high school, the story's realism, intensity, and violence make it more appropriate for older readers. This finely polished and suspenseful tour de force, with its shocking ending, will haunt readers long after the story is finished.”


teenreads.com, 10/10/2001
In THE STONES OF MOURNING CREEK, Diane Les Becquets shows the reader what life in the '60s was really like. She also reveals aspects of the mother-daughter relationship. It is clear that when Francie's mother was alive, the two were inseparable... If you're fond of mysteries...then read THE STONES OF MOURNING CREEK."



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