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Can romantic-minded Salina accept the changes in her life while growing up in 1949 in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee? ALA BOOKLIST STARRED REVIEW, HORNBOOK, "FINELY CRAFTED & ENGAGING."
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"Come Next Spring" ~ A Coming-of-Age Novel Set in the Smoky Mountains

ALA Booklist Starred Review: “. . . .A story as intricately patterned and multicolored as a practical, quilted coat—one that will warm readers, too.”

School Library Journal: “Salina is a wonderfully drawn character (who), with the help of loving parents and a teacher who challenges her to see a larger picture, realizes that change is inevitable, and that she will be able to accept it.”

"Alana White's classic novel "Come Next Spring" is fresh and moving. Its (1940s) mountain setting is evocative and faithfully rendered, and its theme—a lively adolescent girl's difficulty accepting inevitable change in her life—is important today. Salina will steal a piece of your heart." —LEE SMITH, Bestselling Author of "Fair and Tender Ladies" & "Black Mountain Breakdown"

2016 SCBWI Mid-South Conference with Elizabeth Carden Phillips, Alana, Newbery Honor Medal Winner ("The War That Saved My Life") Kimberly Brubaker Bladley, Tracy Barrett & Kimberly Cross Teter

Kirkus: "An evocative novel....the message is rounded out with lively characters, period details, and the sustained use of Salina's childlike point of view."

Horn Book Magazine: “This finely crafted first novel engagingly depicts early adolescent feelings. All the events in the story occur between the first day of school and Christmas, in a year when Salina Harris moves beyond her concerns for popularity to an unfolding friendship with Scooter Russell, an unwelcome new-comer. . . .It is well paced, building to a dramatic climax; it creates a strong sense of time and place; and the novel includes a likable cast of characters and even a romance.”

Mark Twain Award Master List, The Missouri Association of school Librarians ~ Tennessee Librarians Volunteer State Children's Book Award Nominee

It’s 1949 in Tennessee Smoky Mountain country, and twelve-year-old Salina takes an instant dislike to Scooter, the new girl in school. Why can’t Scooter see that Rhett butler returns to Scarlett after the novel, Gone With the Wind, ends? Otherwise, it’s too unfair and sad. And Scooter’s open-minded attitude toward building a highway through farmland makes Salina angry. Salina doesn’t like change—and so many things in her life seem to be changing. Her sister is engaged, her brother Paul is absorbed in caring for his foal, Sugar-Boy, and Salina feels she has nothing in common anymore with her best friend, Mayella. This novel for young people captures the insular spirit of the mountain people, the breathtaking country itself, and a girl’s struggle to accept the inevitability of change.