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Set in 1949 in the Smoky Mountains, Come Next Spring describes twelve-year-old Salina's struggles to accept change a highway taking farmland, siblings starting their own lives, and nothing left in common with her best friend. Nominated for the Volunteer State Children's Book Award and for the Mark Twain Award by the MO. Assoc. of School Librarians.
Paperback, 25th Anniversary Edition, 178 pages
Published August 23rd 2016 by Open Road Distribution (first published April 23rd 1990)
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Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of vintage YA
Shelves: ya-vintage
I originally wanted to read this because it shares a title with an old movie I love. It has nothing to do with that film, but as it turns out, ties in with another favorite book/movie of mine, Gone with the Wind. (And for the record, I agree with Scooter on the question of whether Rhett ever returns to Scarlett!)
Gabrielle S
May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I thought Salina was kind of a brat and I didn't find myself caring about her or her family.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
It’s 1949 in Tennessee Smoky Mountain country, and everything in pre-teen Salina’s life seems suddenly different. Her sister is engaged, her brother is absorbed in caring for his sickly foal, and Salina feels she has nothing in common anymore with her best friend. This novel for young people captures the insular spirit of the mountain people, the breathtaking country itself, and a girl’s struggle to accept the inevitability of change.

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Salina Harris is at an age when life is r
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Salina’s story is one of the natural ups and downs that come with being a 12-year-old girl. Especially a 12-year-old girl who hates change. Add to the mix that she’s a 12-year-old girl in 1949 rural Tennessee, and you have a new set of issues to deal with too. Like the rumors of a new road that might cut right through their farmland… or being torn between two friends from very different social statuses… or taking a train out of the mountain into Nashville for the very first time… or waiting with ...more
Nancy Hite
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Worthy Book

"Come Next Spring" is a worthy book of substance--now celebrating its 25th Anniversary Edition. No wonder it has survived all these years in the competitive publishing world. As the beautiful seasons change in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, so does life in Pine Valley, where Salina lives with her family. At age 12, she is confused and unhappy about change. Her new school friend Scooter has no problem with it.

The two share their love of reading but strongly disagree over the endi
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. Lovely coming of age story set in 1949. A delight to read. Definitely recommend for 4 - 7 graders.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
In her engaging YA novel, Come Next Spring, Alana White explores a community and a character on the cusp of change. For Salina Harris, White’s 12 year old protagonist, “time unwound in a smooth straight line, and each day was the same or a variation of that sameness.” Along with most people living in small towns in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1949, Salina embraced the predictability of farm work, school, church and family life, “and she expected life to go on that way forever.”
When the novel o
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational and beautifully written.
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Alana White is the author of fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers. Her most recent publications are the adult historical mystery novel, The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, set at the height of the Italian Renaissance in Florence, Italy, and Come Next Spring, a coming of age novel set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in the 1940s. She is also the author of a biography of Sacagawea, Sa ...more