Mischief on the Mountain

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
194 Pages
Reviewed on 03/27/2016
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Author Biography

Rebecca Monhollon lives in Winchester, Kentucky where she writes books and raises Rocky Mountain Horses. Mischief on the Mountain was inspired by her life growing up in the mountains of Harlan, Kentucky and stories of adventures passed down to her through her family.

Rebecca's father’s family is from Tennessee and lived in Turkey’s Roost in Gatlinburg and some of the family lived in Cades Cove. This novel is about two girls growing up in the 1800’s in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The stories are about the mischief that these girls encounter. These stories are all based in truth.

The idea for the book came to Rebecca from stories told to her by her 80 year old grandmother, Lucy, the main character in the book. She told Rebecca these adventures she had as a child that made everyone in the family laugh. Lucy's family is from Tennessee where she lived as a child in the Smoky Mountains. She then moved to Harlan, Kentucky when she married Louis Boggs and raised her family there. Rebecca grew up in mountains of Kentucky. The stories in this book are Lucy’s and some adventures Rebecca experienced herself and are about inventing your own games before the invention of modern technology. These stories are Rebecca's imagination, but each story has something in it that is true.

Rebecca's roots go back to her great grandfather, William Creech, donated the land for what is now the Pine Mountain Settlement School.

Rebecca is currently working on Mischief Returns to the Mountain which should be published summer 2016

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

Rebecca Monhollon’s Mischief on the Mountain is a story set late in the nineteenth century on a homestead in Tennessee in the shadow of what the locals called the Smoky Mountains, though the name was still unofficial until 1934. A mixture of history, pathos and comedy, it features eleven-year-old Lucy Watkins and her cousin Macy who is two years older. They are together because their fathers are brothers and their grandmother is dying. There are chores to be done, but that does not stop Macy leading Lucy into mischief, some of it dangerously risky.

Mischief on the Mountain by Rebecca Monhollon is like two stories in one, intermingling and merging. It rolls back to a simpler time before modern technology, and paints a vivid picture of the way life was lived, a life of of self-sufficiency. A cow was kept for milk, hens for eggs, and to eat, and everything that would grow was grown, harvested, and stored. Children made their own fun, and Lucy and Macy make more than most in a beautifully written story that often had me in fits of laughter.

Macy’s idea of teaching Lucy and others to swim was to throw them into an icy stream… and so it goes on. A Christmas tree brought home and decorated Macy-style was not appreciated, but even being “whooped” on the legs with a switch didn’t stop the mischief, though a different punishment bore fruit when the two girls saved a life and made a new friend with a tragic past. Ms Monhollon uses phonetic speech a good deal of the time; it’s effective and amazingly easy to read. Mischief on the Mountain is a fascinating book that will appeal to readers of any age.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

No computers, no television, no high tech games, just pure simple childhood fun. And it's all a learning curve full of creative energy. Lucy and Macy are cousins and best friends, though their friendship was rather shaky when Macy first moved in with Lucy and her family. They're both country children, full of energy and life, and lots of creative, mischievous ideas. Like taming a wild kitten, learning how to swim by being tossed into a fast-flowing river, making lemonade and spiking it with homemade liquor to make big sales, and training a wild horse just enough to make her look good to sell back to its former owner at a profit.

Macy is the idea machine and Lucy is her sidekick, sometimes hesitant to get involved, but always open to coercion. It's difficult to imagine the scrapes these two girls find themselves in, but they do and somehow, mostly through Macy's ingenuity, they find a way out and a way to retaliate if the scrape was a result of someone else's interference.

This is a great read and brought back many fond memories of growing up without mechanized entertainment. Rebecca Monhollon's Mischief on the Mountain is a rollicking story of innocence and creativity. The plot is simple, much like the Tom Sawyer and Anne of Green Gables books, with excellent scene descriptions and character development. Sit back and enjoy a chuckle or two about what life was like growing up before the advent of high tech toys. Cleverly presented and a joy to read. Well done!

Alysha Allen

Nestled in the mountains of Tennessee lies a town by the name of Turkey's Roost, where Lucy Watson and her family live peacefully on their farm in Rebecca Monhollon's Mischief on the Mountain. It isn't until her fiery-spirited, red-haired cousin, Macy, arrives to visit with her family that mischief has come to stay. Through Lucy and Macy's (mis)adventures together, they often find themselves getting into more trouble than actually having fun. For every "ingenious" plan Macy contrives, whether to exact revenge on her classmates or to create some amusing diversions for themselves, it always ends up backfiring. Yet, in their tomfoolery, Lucy and Macy eventually become wiser. By the year's end, since Macy first came into town, the troublesome pair are able to finally best their bully before making their way to Kentucky for the summer.

Rebecca Monhollon's Mischief on the Mountain has plenty of romping excitement for children as Lucy and Macy's escapades lead them to new insights about themselves and the world. Even in the small town in which they live, before the advent of cellphones and laptops, they are able to find an endless source of entertainment. These simple, rustic pleasures cultivate a sense of imagination one may argue that is lost in today's technologically-dependent youth, teaching the essential lesson that there is more to life than the one depicted on a screen. Besides this, the book instills the importance of morals and ethics so that, despite the protagonist's mischief-making, the reader comes away with a better knowledge of the consequences of one's actions. Nonetheless, it will surely be a delightful amusement to partake in more of Lucy and Macy's rabble-rousing in the sequel.