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4/15 - "Ernestine's Milky Way" by Kerry Madden-Lunsford


Join us for a reading Monday, April 15th @ 5pm with children's author and creative writing professor Kerry Madden-Lunsford for her new children's book Ernestine's Milky Way

About the Book

An empowering picture book set in the 1940s about a determined five-year-old girl who embarks on a journey to deliver milk to her neighbors in the holler.

Every morning, Ernestine shouts out her window to the Great Smoky Mountains, “I’m five years old and a big girl!” When Mama asks Ernestine–who helps with chores around the farm while Papa is away at war–to carry two mason jars filled with milk to their neighbor, Ernestine isn’t sure she can do it. After all, she’d need to walk through thickets of crabapple and blackberry by the creek, not to mention past vines of climbing bittersweet. But Ernestine is five years old and a big girl, so off she sets. Along the way, one mason jar slips from her arms and rolls down the mountainside into the river, and Ernestine is sure it’s lost forever . . . until her neighbor’s son shows up with a muddy jar–and there’s a surprise inside! With tons of flavor and a can-do spirit, here is a celebration of American history and a plucky girl who knows that helping a family in need is worth the trouble.

About the Author

Kerry Madden ( is the author of the Appalachian Maggie Valley Trilogy: Gentle’s Holler, Louisiana’s Song, and Jessie’s Mountain (all Viking). Her other books include Offsides, a 1997 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age selection, Writing Smarts, which helps kids craft their own stories and poetry, and Nothing Fancy About Kathryn & Charlie, about a Selma, Alabama friendship between a storyteller and a folk artist. Kerry is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Alabama Birmingham and also teaches at Antioch University in Los Angeles and at the Sewanee Young Writers Conference in Tennessee. The mother of three grown children, she divides her time between Birmingham and Los Angeles.

Event Date: 
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 5:00pm
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Ernestine's Milky Way Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524714840
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Schwartz & Wade - March 5th, 2019