Dig Too Deep
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With her mother facing prison time for a violent political protest, seventeen-year-old Liberty Briscoe has no choice but to leave her Washington, D.C., apartment and take a bus to Ebbottsville, Kentucky, to live with her granny. There, she can at least finish high school and put some distance between herself and her mother—or her former mother, as she calls her.
But Ebbottsville isn’t the same as Liberty remembers, and it’s not just because the top of Tanner’s Peak has been blown away to mine for coal. Half the county is out of work, an awful lot of people in town seem to be sick, and the tap water is bright orange—the same water that officials claim is safe. And when Granny’s lingering cold turns out to be something much worse, Liberty wonders if somebody at the mine is hiding the truth about the water. She starts to investigate and is soon plunged into a world of secrets, lies, threats, and danger.
Her searches for answers and justice lead to even tougher questions—should she turn to violence and end up like her mother? Give up her quest for the sake of keeping the peace? Or keep fighting until the mine is shut down for good?
Amy Allgeyer is a writer and architect. She is a graduate of the Institute for Children’s Literature and an alumnus of the Nevada Mentor Program for Children’s Writing. She lives in Idaho. This is her first novel.
Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer is a young adult novel. Liberty Briscoe has to leave Washington, D.C. because her mother, Jamie is in jail. The trial will not be for approximately fourteen months. Liberty is going to her grandmother’s home in Ebbottsville, Kentucky. Granny is happy to see Liberty (it has been a few years since they last saw each other). Liberty finds that her grandmother is not well. She also finds that their water is orange. Peabody Mining Company has decimated a nearby mountain and are destroying the local water (Granny uses well water). Granny states that Robert Peabody had the water tested and the company said it was okay to drink (did you notice who paid for the testing). Liberty takes Granny to the doctor and finds out that Granny has cancer (already stage four). Granny is not the only townsperson who is ill. It seems that many people on the Eastern side of the mountain (with well water) are ill and quite a few are dead. Liberty starts investigating. She is determined to get the mine shut down. However, Robert Peabody (and people who support him) are against Liberty’s digging. Then a shed catches on fire at Briscoe Farm. This is just the start. Liberty will not be stopped. Who will win the battle?
When I started reading Dig Too Deep, I thought it was going to be another young adult book with a girl hooked on a boy (there is some of that), but Dig Too Deep has much more. The novel drew me in and held my interest until the end (for the most part). I am not sure that Dig Too Deep is giving the right message to young adults about how to handle such matters, but I do like the ending of the novel. I give Dig Too Deep 4 out of 5 stars. Please be aware that there is a scene in the book where there is violence to a dog (fair warning).
I received a complimentary copy of Dig Too Deep from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.