"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"
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