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Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains by Laurel Snyder
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Aug 06, 09

bookshelves: adventure, fiction, fantasy
Recommended for: Gr. 4 and up
Read in August, 2009, read count: 1

Lucy, the milkmaid, and Wynston, the prince, spent most of their days together and part of that time was spent in arguing about anything and everything. But each counted on meeting one another daily. So, when Wynston's father decided the young prince should begin the process of picking a young princess to be his wife, Wynston didn't arrive for their berry-picking and that's when things went awry.

Lucy had wondered for some time where her mother was because all her father ever told Lucy and her sister Sally was that their mother was "gone." Wynston, too, had no mother, but he knew when his mother had died. So, without Wynston to wander with, Lucy decided to go up the Scratchy Mountains and see if she could find her mother.

And when Wynston learned that Lucy had come looking for him and been turned away, he climbed on his horse Sprout and left to search for Lucy, tired of his father's training for marriage.

Their respective journeys up the Scratchy Mountains are adventurous, but they reach the top separately and find one another in the village of Torrent. And there they begin taking care of one another and evaluating the importance of rules and friends.

This is a quirky fairytale-like story that leaves the reader hoping for a happy ending. Lucy often turns to original songs to help her through her problems and that is part of the charm of the book. And both Lucy and Wynston have their problems solved, but not in the way either expects.
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