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Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (2009)

Set in Kentucky, two school girls take part in an exchange program that takes them to different parts of the state.

Tadpole by Ruth White (2004)

Set in rural Kentucky in 1955, ten-year-old Carolina's cousin Tadpole comes for a visit and transforms things.

To Come and Go Like Magic by Katie Pickard Fawcett (2010)

Set in Mercy Hill, a small Appalachian town in the 1970s, twelve-year-old Chili Sue yearns to travel the world. When a substitute teacher who has traveled comes into her life she finally has an opportunity to find out what she is missing, although it might not be what she thinks.

Tarantula Shoes by Tom Birdseye (1996)

When he and his family move from Arizona to Kentucky, Ryan’s life changes in more ways than one.


Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentuckyby Kathi Appelt and Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer (2001)

About the Pack Horse Librarian project during the Great Depression, for middle grade and up.

Mary on Horseback by Rosemary Wells (2000)

Biography of Mary Breckinridge, a nurse who helped families in rural Kentucky during the 1920s.


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Roberta Gibson 2020