Mary Ann’s Mountain has stories to tell, lessons to teach, and secrets to keep. Life on a farm in the mountainous coalfields of Virginia has its ups and downs for this fifth grader. Sixth grade brings challenges of a different kind. When Mary Ann leaves the two room school on the mountain to attend sixth grade in the big two story school in town, the class bully becomes a problem. In addition, the beautiful new farm cat refuses to acknowledge Mary Ann. Despite the hardships of growing up without a father, it is an understanding mother, grandparents who show their love more often than they speak it, and three protective older brothers who give this mountain girl a nudge to open her eyes and see the world in a great spectrum of colors – colors as varied as those found in a Caney Ridge sunrise.