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Finding Fortune: 01/19/17
Finding Fortune by Delia Ray is set in the failing town of Fortune, once known for its beautiful mother of pearl buttons. Ren discovers her own personal sanctuary there when it becomes apparent that her parents won't be reconciling.
On her first night running away from home, Ren ends up in a boarding house situated inside the old town's school. She befriends the owner and the residents. Although Ren ends up going home after her first night away, she finds her way back.
Ren's goal for summer is to save Fortune. The boarding house and the town are both failing. There's a rumor of hidden treasure. It would be enough to save the school and the town.
Finding Fortune is a quiet, quirky little book grounded in the author's memories of button factories in Mississippi. It's populated with believable, eccentric personalities. Each of them have come to Fortune because they don't belong anywhere else.
There's an afterword with photographs and a brief history of the button industry.