Even Sunflowers Cast Shadows, by Armstrong, Douglas
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- ISBN: 9781450258739 | 1450258735
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 10/26/2010
Emma Starkey is a spunky little girl trying hard to be charitable and virtuous. But hercalculated attempts have a way of backfiringwith tumultuous consequences in this poignant story of small-town life in 1920sKansas. As Emma's cranky grandmotherobserves, "Even sunflowers cast shadows."Weaving through four years of Emma'sengaging disasters is her chaotic friendshipwith a transplanted Yankee whiz kid, Margaret Drummond, whose family arrives one summer burdened with a heavy secret and a flair for the dramatic. Emma's and Margaret's brothers and sisters become friends, too, but their screwball pursuits and youthful infatuations spawn rivalries that threaten to split them apart.Perilous-even tragic-turns await, along with powerful and unexpected lessons about friendship, jealousy, compassion, and the curious world of grown-ups.Cornucopia, Kansas, is filled with colorfulcrackpots, bullies, and quiet heroes. In their stories, and most especially Emma's,Even Sunflowers Cast Shadowsrecaptures afaded moment when innocence could stillbe lost grudgingly.