A Ship of Pearl

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A 1933 bank failure in mid-Michigan piles calamity on top of disaster.

Separated from his family, twelve year-old Eldie Craine is up to his eyeballs in unfamiliar territory: someone else's clothes, a new school, new rules. And now there's Cecilea.

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Reviews:-Kristen Tsetsi, author of The Year of Dan Palace, Pretty Much True, and The Year of the Child. wrote:

I hope someday to be able to write like Crandell. In the meantime, I'll be content to continue reading her...Bud Corley is the only voice I can imagine speaking for Eldie. There's something about the surface-level sound of his voice, his manner of speaking, that takes us to childhood, but beyond that, it's as if Corley intimately knows the heart and soul of Eldie. Every emotion, from frustration to guilt to confusion to amusement, is convincingly expressed without over-acting or even a hint of obvious effort.

- Ronne Hartfield, author of Another Way Home, essayist, international museum consultant, and former executive director at The Art Institute of Chicago and Urban Gateways. wrote:

Adela writes with the eye of an artist and the ear of a musician.

- Kimberly Sullivan, Executive Director of Love INC, contributing writer at familyfire.com and featured at Huffington Post. wrote:

Adela's unique voice brings a romantic nostalgia to its readers. She captures the simplicity of a child's wonder and amazement at God's beautiful world.

-Kindle reader wrote:

This novel is one of the most hopeful and well-written pieces I have read in a long time. Just like the central theme of the poem about the Chambered Nautilus, the novel unfolds one memory at a time, with each piece of the perspective creating the whole. As the teller of the tale, Eldie, embarks on his journey of recollection, the novel almost reads as a connection of vignettes and character studies. However, as the story continues, it maps out a beautiful message about hope and life, disappointment and joy, and the bittersweet truth of growing up. I absolutely love this story and the way that it is written. It is a true work of art.