I just finished Ruby's Spoon by Anna Lawrence Pietroni. This was a tough read for me in the beginning as the dialect is really hard to understand and the story starts out slow. But I'm glad that I perserved and finished the book.
Here is the blurb from Booklist
Motherless 13-year-old Ruby Tailor wants nothing more than to live by the sea; instead, she lives in the English town of Cradle Cross, which is still reeling from the Great War, dominated by the fortunes of a button factory, and surrounded by canals polluted by industrial runoff. Raised by her emotionally distant grandmother, Ruby has her young life upended with the arrival of an exotic stranger. With her bold white hair, a skirt covered with tiny, glinting mirrors, and a hometown situated by the sea, Isa Fly immediately entrances Ruby with her story: she is looking for her lost sister at the behest of her dying father. Others in the close-knit town are not so enamored of the charismatic stranger. And when the town’s fortunes start to dim with the impending collapse of the button factory, they feel as if their bad luck coincided with Isa’s arrival and begin to think she may be a witch. This enthralling, suspenseful debut novel, which has the feel of a grim fairy tale, is written in the poetic dialect of the Black Country and is thick with the vocabulary of the fishing and button trades. Of the many riches it offers, it is the winning lead character, a lonely teen brave enough to have a dream despite her impoverished circumstances, who will capture readers’ hearts.
Next up are three books from my to-be-read list. Doctor Olaf Van Schuler's Brain by Kirsten Menger-Anderson, Testimony by Anita Shreve, and The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer