Title: Funny How Things Change
Author: Melissa Wyatt
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Concepts: natural resources, poverty, jobs
Review: Remy Walker has an unusually strong affection for his West Virginia hometown, Dwyer, and a deep appreciation for the Appalachian Mountains that embrace his home and community. As a very recent high school graduate, he stands at an important crossroad, profoundly confused about which way to turn. Does he follow the love of his life, Lisa, to Pennsylvania where she will be attending college? Or does he stay with his father in the place that has more splendor and meaning than any other location he could imagine?
The decision becomes more complicated with he learns that his father may sell Walker Mountain to a large mining company in order to help support Remy financially in Pennsylvania. Adding to the complexity is the arrival of an intriguing young female artist in town who helps Remy to see beauty in a whole new way. With its unforgettable characters and electrifying storyline, this superb book has enormous appeal from start to finish.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children