In the Spotlight:
Featured in "In the Spotlight" column in Library Sparks (April 2013)
Living on the prairie was not an easy life for a young girl in the 1880s. ...But all that changed the day that Mr. Smirch (their only close neighbor) accused Louisa's Pa of stealing.
When Mr. Smirch's and Mrs. Smirch's niece, Jessamine, sees a little creature scamper down a hole in the Hazel Grove, Louisa is not interested - until she begins to make the connection between the creature and the mystery surrounding her Pa's thief charges and the circumstances that just might be enough to get him free.
This prairie fantasy looks back at the tradition of Brownies in Northern England and Scotland -- here's a description of brownies as often described.