“Prairie Evers” Ellen Airgood

ARC (Advance Reading Copy). Published May 2012. Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin Group Inc.) 215 pp.

Prairie has always been a free child, growing up with her beloved Grammy and parents in the North Carolina mountains while being homeschooled. When her parents relocate to a farm in New Paltz, N.Y., Grammy returns to North Carolina and 10-year-old Prairie enters school for the first time. Life in 5th grade is very hard, especially for someone who’s never been to school before but, when she becomes best friends with Ivy, things become bearable.

Prairie loves sharing the raising of her chickens and farm life with Ivy, and can’t understand her sadness. When she realizes Ivy comes from a bad home life, Prairie is determined to change things to help her become happy once more.

“Prairie Evers” is a story about change and growth in a young girl’s life, and will be enjoyed by students aged 9-12.

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