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The Tree at the Top of the Hill by Marcie Hoye Cumberland

The Tree at the Top of the Hill

by Marcie Hoye Cumberland

80 pages
Escaped slave helps young Tim overcome handicaps to achieve goals.

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About the Book
Reaching The Tree at the Top of the Hill, overlooking their Texas cabin, had been Timothy Collins dream since the morning his father told him the world awaited him just beyond it. He also told his son he must grow bigger and stronger in order to take care of his mother and sisters. Then Timís father left to take part in the battle raging between the North and the South. He didnít return.

Growing bigger was easy;it just happened. But four years later, Timís weak lungs and frail legs keep him confined to his invalidís chair. Tim, known affectionately as ďTurtleĒ, spends his days telling his little sisters stories and feeling guilty as his mother performs the chores he knows should be his.

With the arrival of an escaped slave, who offers to help plant and harvest the seasonís crops in return for help finding his family, Timís life begins to change. He discovers that strength has less to do with strong muscles than with determination and maturity. Mr. Freeman and Timís sisters show him that love, sacrifice, and faith also lend strength to his journey to The Tree at the Top of the Hill.



About the Author
Marcie Hoye Cumberland and her husband are storyteller/writers who travel full time in their RV, sharing tales of our country's past. A former teacher, she was once found teaching under an oak tree in 1852. Marcie is researching a future project about a teenaged Civilian Conservation Corps worker.



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