- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (April 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807515809
- ISBN-13: 978-0807515808
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 8 Up—Liberty Briscoe has to move from Washington, DC, to the outskirts of Ebbotsville, KY, because her single mom is in jail for a protest gone wrong. Liberty has to go to a new school during her junior year, and she knows no one her age. However, she is looking forward to living with her grandmother. Life in Ebbotsville is an adjustment. Granny is sick, there's a mountaintop removal mine nearby, and the water coming from the faucets is orange. Liberty struggles with taking care of Granny, keeping up in school, and living on food stamps. She is convinced the mine is the reason why Granny and most of the people living on the mountain are sick, no matter who says the water is safe for drinking. As she starts to battle the mine, which provides jobs for the people living in town, she finds that drinking the water is not the only dangerous thing she could be doing. Told from Liberty's point of view, the story starts slow but picks up the pace as the teen starts to take action against the mine. The secondary characters are distinct from one another, but the focus is on Liberty and her family. The author brings important environmental issues to light without being didactic. VERDICT Recommended for fans of Carl Hiassen.—Natalie Struecker, Atlantic Public Library, IA
"This novel will appeal to a wide range ofreaders not only for its poignant topic but also for its protagonist. LibertyBriscoe is a hero of a narrator: intelligent, spunky, determined, andrelatable. She and her grandmother are so well drawn that the reader cannothelp but become emotionally invested in their stories. This humanizes thebook's timely subject, as environmental issues, both local and global, occupyheadlines and political debates. Dig TooDeep inspires readers to consider the necessity of environmentalprotection, the impact an individual can have, and the importance of trying tomake a difference."
Winner, 2017 Green Earth Book Award for Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Notable Book, 2017 Sigurd L. Olson Nature Writing Award
Gold Medal, Young Adult Fiction, 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.
First Place, Young Adult Fiction, 2016 Idaho Author Awards.
"Lib is a finely-drawn character, and the dialogue and pacing of this debut are strong." Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2016
"Allgeyer brings rural Appalachia to life and shines a bright light on a troubling trend in natural resource extraction." Booklist, March 1, 2016
"The author brings important environmental issues to light without being didactic. Recommended for fans of Carl Hiassen." School Library Journal, February 2016
“Stirring and timely. Dig Too Deep hooks you with its gritty realness, and it holds onto you with equal measures of heartache and hope. An important and memorable debut.” Corina Vacco, Delacorte-Prize Winning Author of "My Chemical Mountain"
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Top Customer Reviews
Dig Too Deep is a thrilling read. Liberty is in an awful situation. Her mother is in jail and she's angry with her. They don't speak. Her grandmother is there for her, but at her new home things are difficult. Liberty needs to be creative to make sure she can manage. School used to be the most important thing in her life, but in Ebbottsville she has other things on her mind. I loved her spirit and her strong character. She isn't afraid to speak up and she does what she thinks she has to do no matter what the consequences are. I liked that a lot.
Amy Allgeyer is a great storyteller. Dig Too Deep is a gripping read with a lot of interesting twists and turns. There's quite a bit of action and the ending is surprising and really good. Liberty is mature for her age. She's used to taking care of herself and that is what she keeps doing when she's living with her grandmother. Her past damaged her, but it also made her more resilient. I love how Amy Allgeyer writes about difficult topics, she's sympathetic and has an honest and direct approach. That made this book so amazing. Dig Too Deep is believable and interesting.
Dig Too Deep has a lot of moving scenes and I often had tears in my eyes. Liberty is independent, but it isn't fair that she's on her own so much. Instead of doing everything to fit in she stands up for what she believes. The story came to life very well for me. I could easily picture the town, the inhabitants, the mine and everything around it. Because of the thorough description of Liberty's thoughts and observations it felt like I was actually there. I think Amy Allgeyer has written a brilliant story and I highly recommend this book.
Well, I wasn’t prepared for Allgeyer’s ability to create this singular sense of place on the page, making me experience all the stark and all the lush at once. I wasn’t prepared for how much she made me love pragmatic and fearless Granny, how this character would burrow into my heart and pulse there. I was truly unprepared for how much I would root for Liberty as she combed her way through corruption and love and trust and forgiveness. Even Allgeyer’s secondary characters experience glorious character arcs that are important and interconnected and tightly woven into this feverish plot.
This debut, for me, was remarkable. It is filled with the power of simple moments. It pulses with ageless wisdom as well as heartbreak. It is a story of advocacy and making peace with your roots, your family. It is a story of fighting for what you believe in. Fighting for the natural beauty our country affords. Fighting for love. This is a story that will stay with me for a very long time, and will forever connect mountains with starfish. Because as Allgeyer’s book proves, everything is connected.
It's not easy to turn environmental disasters like mountaintop-removal mining into compelling entertainment; there's a reason Hollywood doesn't make movies about this stuff. But Allgeyer achieves that goal by giving Liberty a take-no-bull attitude and depicting her as a reluctant activist with the most personal of reasons for getting involved. Our eyes may glaze over as we read earnest articles about coal mining, but we can all relate to a girl who has just noticed that something in the local water is killing her beloved granny and wants to make it stop. This story has all the ingredients of an exciting screen drama.
Another thing I loved: This is the only contemporary YA book I can recall reading in which the heroine struggles to buy necessaries with the help of food stamps, counting every dollar. When she goes to live in coal country, Liberty exchanges a middle-class life for a near-indigent one, but she doesn't waste any time on "woe is me" — she just addresses her new problems with a practical, determined attitude. Even when she was getting all moony and swoony over the local Cute Boy, I liked her. (Hey, a girl needs some distraction from her Big Problems sometimes.)
I could go on, because I loved the supporting characters, too — especially Granny, who shares Liberty's general kick-ass-ness. But I'll just say that if I wanted to get a teen thinking about why it matters to protect our environment, I'd hand her this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dig Too Deep is a story about what happens when mining and the love of money affect a small town.Read more
I love the setting of rural Appalachia. Also, I loved the fact that there wasn't a love triangle. Although I really liked the topic, the book was just okay.Read more