Dig Too Deep

Dig Too Deep

Book - 2016
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"With her mother facing prison time for a violent political protest, seventeen-year-old Liberty Briscoe has no choice but to leave her Washington, DC, apartment and take a bus to Ebbottsville, Kentucky, to live with her granny. There she can at least finish high school and put some distance between herself and her mother--or her former mother, as she calls her. But Ebbottsville isn't the same as Liberty remembers, and it's not just because the top of Tanner's Peak has been blown away to mine for coal. Half the county is out of work, an awful lot of people in town seem to be sick, and the tap water is bright orange--the same water that officials claim is safe. And when Granny's lingering cold turns out to be something much worse, Liberty wonders if somebody at the mine is hiding the truth about the water. She starts to investigate and is soon plunged into a world of secrets, lies, threats, and danger"--Goodreads
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2016
ISBN: 9780807515808
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 23, 2016

When her activist mom is sent to prison, Liberty Briscoe is sent to Ebbotsville, Kentucky to stay with her granny, Kat. What she finds when she gets there is orange tap water, and many people sick or dying in that community. When her granny is diagnosed with cancer, Liberty realizes that the Peabody Mining Company is to blame, but no one is willing to do anything about it. Does she dare take them on? Finding allies is unlikely since the entire town depends on the mining business. This debut novel is a page-turner and contains themes of political power, activism, fractured parental relationships, friendship, cancer, hunger, loss, and a tiny bit of romance.

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