Chig and the Second Spread
By Gwenyth Swain
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780385730655, 208pp.)
Publication Date: November 11, 2003
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Being small is a big concern for Chig Kalpin. Like the insects that catch folks unawares with their bites on a summer evening, Chig is small enough and silent enough that she’s near about invisible. But she has a heartfelt desire to become a big person, both in stature and in spirit, and soon her adventures culminate with the Great Niplak Train Disaster, where she helps the folks in the hills and hollers of southern Indiana make it through the Great Depression with a little more to spread between the covers of their sandwiches. Haven’t heard of it? Well, as Chig might say, “Set a spell and turn the page.”
A former independent bookseller and editor, Gwenyth Swain has written a number of nonfiction titles for middle-grade readers. This is her first novel.