Reviewed by Guest Contributor, Joyce Sparrow
Homegrown in Florida, edited by William McKeen, is a great Florida book for holiday giving and reading. This collection contains 37 fiction excerpts and essays about growing up in the Sunshine State in and around the pre-Disney days. Contributors include Tim Dorsey, Michael Connelly, Bill Maxwell, Craig Pittman, and Jeff Klinkenberg. “Blue Springs Christmas” by Shelley Fraser Mickle is about five enterprising kids who open a roadside mistletoe stand and their unlikely friendship with Isaac Snow, a loner who creates clay figurines. Mickle creates a vivid picture of a ragtag group of children who learn the real meaning of Christmas is not in selling and buying, but in solving problems through community.
Joyce Sparrow writes “Florida Reads” the book review column for the Florida Library Association’s publication, Florida Libraries. She also publishes book reviews in Library Journal. Contact Joyce at ReadFlorida@gmail.com.
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