This is the story of a little girl (Kya) who is abandoned by her family and essentially raises herself in a tiny shack on the marsh of North Carolina. With the help of her one friend, she learns how to read and slowly educates herself to become a respected marsh scientist; even publishing a book. Meanwhile a murder takes place in town and she’s put on trial for it. It’s the story of unfairness; of being treated cruelly for being different; and rising when everything seems to be against you. I read this book in about 36 hours. It’s beautifully written so I wanted to make it last longer but I couldn’t help myself – I needed to know what happened! I can’t recommend it enough. Just be prepared to cry.