Kerry Madden-Lunsford

Ernestine’s Milky Way

Every morning, Ernestine shouts out her window to the Great Smoky Mountains, “I’m five years old and a big girl!” When Mama asks Ernestine–who helps with chores around the farm while Papa is away at war–to carry two mason jars filled with milk to their neighbor, Ernestine isn’t sure she can do it. After all, she’d need to walk through thickets of crabapple and blackberry by the creek, not to mention past vines of climbing bittersweet. But Ernestine is five years old and a big girl, so off she sets. Along the way, one mason jar slips from her arms and rolls down the mountainside into the river, and Ernestine is sure it’s lost forever . . . until her neighbor’s son shows up with a muddy jar–and there’s a surprise inside! With tons of flavor and a can-do spirit, here is a celebration of American history and a plucky girl who knows that helping a family in need is worth the trouble.

Kerry Madden-Lunsford

Kerry Madden-Lunsford is the author of a new picture book, Ernestine’s Milky Way, published by Schwartz & Wade of Random House. She also wrote Maggie Valley Trilogy for children, which includes Gentle’s Holler, Louisiana’s Song and Jessie’s Mountain, published by Viking. Her first novel, Offsides, (Morrow) was a New York Public Library Pick for the Teen Age. Her book, Up Close Harper Lee, made Booklist’s Ten Top Biographies of 2009 for Youth. Her first picture book, Nothing Fancy About Kathryn and Charlie, was illustrated by her daughter, Lucy, and published by Mockingbird Publishers. Kerry is a regular contributor to the LA Times OpEd Page. She directs the Creative Writing Program at UAB and teaches in the Antioch MFA Program in Los Angeles. The mother of three adult children, she divides her time between Birmingham and Los Angeles.


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