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Becky Mushko


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(Children's Books) Ages 9-12
Work 1 - Genre (Other)
Also available as ebook.
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STUCK, published by Cedar Creek Publishing, is a middle-grade novel in which an 11-year-old girl, stuck in grief over her mother's death, helps a ghost who is stuck on earth. The Kindle ebook version is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CKEM4TE
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Work 2 - Genre
(Children's Books) Ages 9-12
Work 2 - Genre (Other)
Appalachian fiction. Also available as ebook.
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FERRADIDDLEDUMDAY, published by Cedar Creek Publishing, is an Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin tale.
Work 3 - Title
Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories
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(Fiction & Literature) Short stories/Anthologies
Work 3 - Genre (Other)
Appalachian short story collection.
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One woman’s surprise gift to her church produces an unexpected result, another woman gets advance warning of an ice storm, another gets down and dirty at the grocery store, another finds a mystery in library books. Add a mule, a kiddie beauty pageant, a bootlegger, an escaped convict, a wannabe best-selling author, and a jar of ashes, and you have MIRACLE OF THE CONCRETE JESUS AND OTHER STORIES. These prize-winning down-home stories feature resolute women as main characters.
Work 4 - Title
Them That Go
Work 4 - Genre
(Fiction & Literature) Literature
Work 4 - Genre (Other)
Appalachian coming-of-age novel
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In 1972, seventeen-year-old Annie Caldwell, who has the “gift” of animal communication, wants to be normal, but she’ll settle for being unnoticed. Annie’s brother died in Vietnam, her mother is depressed, and her father drinks. Her only friend is elderly Aint Lulie—who lives in the same holler and understands the gift because she has one, too: “The first daughter in ever’ other generation has always been blest with a gift, though some think it a curse.”
As they sit by the fireplace in the evenings and tell each other stories, Aint Lulie shares family history with Annie, including a relative’s mysterious death and how some of their ancestors came to settle in the area: “There’s always been them that go and them that stay in ever’ generation.”
When a local girl goes missing, Aint Lulie’s and Annie’s gifts can help solve the mystery—but if Annie speaks up, she can no longer go unnoticed.
Them That Go is an Appalachian coming-of-age novel rich in tradition, superstition, family ties, and secrets.
Work 5 - Title
Patches on the Same Quilt
Work 5 - Genre
(Fiction & Literature) Literature
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A novel told in a series of related short stories.
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A young boy's wish for a horse changes not only the direction of his own life but also the lives of his children, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter. As his grandmother, the quilt-maker Gillie Anne, says, "We might not be cut from the same cloth, but we're all patches on the same quilt." Each character's story adds a patch to the pattern of interconnected lives.

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Additional Works
PATCHES ON THE SAME QUILT, a Kindle ebook. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B8X0MOM

STUCK, a Kindle ebook. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CKEM4TE

REST IN PEACE, a collection of 3 Sherwood Anderson Short Story Winners, a Kindle ebook.

OVER COFFEE, a collection of 5 stories about awkward relationships, a Kindle ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C851CMA

THE BEST 'UN YET, a collection of 5 Christmas stories, a Kindle ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H30BG12

MIRACLE OF THE CONCRETE JESUS & OTHER STORIES, a collection of Appalachian stories, a Kindle ebook.
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