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Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent

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Author: Beth Kephart


Illustrator: William Sulit

William Quinn is only 14. But with his father in the Cherry Hill prison and his genially wayward older brother, Francis, recently beaten to death by a brutal policeman, it's fallen on William to care for his grief-stricken mother and find a way to keep the bills paid and a roof over their heads. 

Set in 1871, Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent is a tender, quiet story of love, grief, guilt, and the struggles faced by America's working class both then and today. Written by National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart and illustrated by William Sulit, it is a beautifully written and meticulously researched picture of 19th century Philadelphia,