Series Name: Gravel Road Rural
Theme: Prejudice, Rural Life, Sexuality, Friendship, Stereotypes, Horses
“Stay out of my life. Or I’ll tell.” That was over three years ago. The last time I talked to Amy McNair. One of the prettiest girls in school. She’s horse crazy. And an amazing barrel racer. But I’m going to win at the annual rodeo. Beat her. It’s all I’ve got. Even my boyfriend’s parents don’t accept me. Mainly because of my brothers. They aren’t exactly upstanding citizens. People think I’m the same as them. If only they knew.
From the Great Plains to the borderlands to the Mississippi Delta, rural America is struggling. The population is shrinking. And the economy is shifting away from agriculture. Without a safety net, rural families struggle with depression, drug abuse, alcoholism, and other problems. Gravel Road Rural addresses the contemporary issues affecting rural America in an unflinching way.
Grade Level: 9 to 12
Reading Level: 1.6