The Picking Bag by Debbra Beecher Nance
Thirteen-year old Ammon Blakeslee is angry at everyone—his sick mother, his nosy grandmother, his absent father, even God. When tragedy strikes, first in Ammon’s home and then in the Mormon community where he lives, Ammon makes a choice that will plunge him westward into the cold winter landscape, alone. Will he ever see his family again? How will he survive?