Finding Day's Bottom

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

After eleven-year-old Jane-Ery loses her father in a sawmill accident, Grandpap comes down from Salter’s Mountain to live with her and her mother. To Jane-Ery’s surprise, Grandpap’s funny ways and strange stories bring her a comfort she never expected. He tells her about Day’s Bottom, “a place of light and wonderment” that has “anything a body could ever want.” Jane-Ery wonders: Could she find Daddy there? So begins her search for a new kind of understanding of her father’s death. This gently told, beautifully rendered novel brings to life a time and place readers will come to love, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1950s.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2006-08-01
BISACS JUV013000, JUV039030
Dewey [Fic]
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 106850
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Reviewed, and Table of contents



“This affecting first-person novel is an involving story of loss, pain, healing, and family love.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Wonderful description, hill-country language, appropriate grief and honesty combine to offer a new take on an old story.”

School Library Journal

“After the death of her father in a sawmill accident, Jane-Ery, 11 passes through levels of grief so poignantly revealed that her voice sets a ragged emotional tone throughout. . . it both uplifts and uncovers the family’s raw and slowly healing spirits. A novel full of insight and truth.”
School Library Journal

Author: Candice Ransom

Candice Ransom is the author of 150 books for children. She holds an MFA from Vermont College and an MA in children's literature from Hollins University. She currently teaches in Hollins University's graduate program in children's literature.