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Moonshiner's Son

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Twelve-year-old Tom Higgins is learning the craft of making whiskey. Even though Prohibition forbids the production and sale of alcoholic beverages, Tom is determined to be a good apprentice. He is, after all, a moonshiner's son. His father has raised moonshining to an art, and Tom wants nothing more than to please this rough, distant man.
Then a preacher comes to the wil
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Aladdin (first published May 1st 1993)
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Cat *living for the One who breaths life into me*
Hated it. The book was poorly written with all the 'ain'ts', and 'stinkin', and stupid talk. Like, by the time that I was finished with it I starte thinkin' in my heed likk em. See how annoying that can get?!!! And the plot form was SLOW and dull. Tom was flat as card board. What a Gary Stu?! I will tell you, school makes me read the dumbest books ever.
Anna
Jun 06, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I had originally expected. Set during the beginning of the Prohibition in the mountains, this story tells of a rural mountain community who makes their living primarily off of moonshine. And then a preacher moves to town with his wife and daughter and starts a mission. His favorite topic, though, is the evils of liquor, which does not go over well.

I loved Amy, June, and Tom. Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Brown were lovely as well. Preacher Taylor seemed ridiculous to
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AmyNikita ( A Magical World of Words)
I didn't like it at all. Even from the very first chapter I was irritated by the characters. The writing was boring, dull, slow, "cheap" and weak. There wasn't a proper climax and I didn't sympathise with any characters. Tom was an idiot, Amy was pathetic, Pa was stupid, the Preacher was infuriating, and Mrs. Taylor was the only person I actually found myself liking a bit more than the others.
I feel quite bad getting so worked up about this, but I honestly I thought this book was rubbish.
Leah Good
Aug 03, 2012 Leah Good rated it really liked it
Tom lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his quick-tempered father. Moonshining is their way of life. That way of life starts to turn upside-down when a new preacher comes to town, bringing with him a hate of moonshining and a pretty but fiery daughter. Will they change the way Tom sees his life?

Don't let the title of this book turned you off. My parents gave it to me for Christmas several years ago and I enjoyed it. It is a clean and unique story.
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I appreciated the nuance view it gave, not just alcohol=bad.
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