Books by Ethel Footman Smothers

THE HARD-TIMES JAR by Ethel Footman Smothers
Released: Aug. 12, 2003

"Pair this with Amada Irma Perez's My Very Own Room for another winner about the hunger for books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Emma longs to own a book of her own, a real book, from the store. Read full book review >
MORIAH'S POND by Ethel Footman Smothers
Released: Jan. 16, 1995

"The plot may wander, the supporting cast is not well visualized, but Annie Rye's vivid, captivating voice will draw readers as a griot draws listeners. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The author of Down in the Piny Woods (1992) returns to the pre-civil-rights era of her youth and a rural family based on her own, marvelously capturing the rhythms and cadence of spoken language in the narrative of ten-year-old Annie Rye. Read full book review >
DOWN IN THE PINEY WOODS by Ethel Footman Smothers
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A promising debut. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Annie Rye Footman, ten, has no use for her three older half- sisters, especially after they join her Georgia sharecropper family permanently, but in time she learns to take her Grandma's advice to ``bear along wit each other.'' This first novel, based on the author's childhood in the 50's, is rich in vividly felt moments: the pleasure of buying candy at the ``rolling store''; the frustration of turning the other cheek to racist remarks and intimidation; Annie Rye's terror when snakes invade the house; her simple glee at buying a present for her heroic, hard-working father. Read full book review >