Moonshiner's Son (Paperback)
|Author: Carolyn Reeder|
|Prohibition may be the law of the land, but in the Blue Ridge Mountains, twelve-year-old Tom Higgins is proud to help his father continue the family business of making whiskey. When a preacher and his family invade their hills to fight the "evils of alcohol, " Tom is outraged to find the preacher's pretty daughter throwing salt in his father's mash, but he's soon discovering a lot to like about her . . . including some of her arguments for finding a better way of life.|
From the Publisher:
|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 wilds of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to rid Bad Camp Hollow of the "evils of liquor." This is when Tom and his father begin their campaign to match wits with the preacher and try to outsmart the law officers he calls in. Tom's father is eloquent in defense of a way of life long and respectfully lived by the Higgins family. But the preacher and his pretty daughter make a powerful case against it. And when drink causes a tragedy in the community, Tom Higgins is torn....
Although prohibition makes liquor illegal, 12-year-old Tom Higgins is proud that his father makes the best whiskey around. He is determined to follow in his father's footsteps, until the pretty daughter of an anti-liquor preacher and a tragic accident make him rethink his way of life and stand up to his father.
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