When’s the last time you read a YA book that takes place in Appalachia? Don’t say Christy because that was published a gazillion years ago. How about something just as good, but modern, and about the contemporary issues faced by Appalachian teens today?
Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer tells the harrowing story of Liberty Briscoe who moves to Ebbotsville, Kentucky to live with her granny. What used to be a picturesque farm in the Appalachian mountains, is now a property contaminated by undrinkable orange well water.
Orange well water? What the heck?
Three words: Mountaintop Removal Mining.
What could be a depressing story, is full of hope and determination. Liberty isn’t one to back down from a challenge. She won’t rest until justice is served.
Dig Too Deep is YA fiction but this story is all too real. It’s a wakeup call to pay attention to part of our country that is being ecologically destroyed. At the same time, Allgeyer does a masterful job of exploring the other side of the equation. Job loss, SNAP cards, poverty, and small towns desperate for industry; Dig Too Deep has breadth as well as depth.
The next time you pour yourself a glass of clear drinking water from the tap, remember that not all Americans are so lucky.
Thank you to Edelweiss for giving me a free eARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinions and review. Dig Too Deep comes out April 1, 2016.