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Airgood, Ellen.

New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012

IL 3-6, RL 3.1


(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Suddenly, you arenít in Kansas anymoreÖ. Well not in North Carolina at least.  Ten year old Prairie Evers finds herself  uprooted from the home she has know all her life. Her mom has inherited the family farm.   As her parents and Grammy try to re-root in upstate New York, Prairieís life is about to change forever.  Prairie  delves into farm life by raising little chicks, and continues her homeschooling with Grammy.  Like a tornado, all breaks loose in Prairieís life. Grammy decides to return to North Carolina, Mom takes a job and Dad is busy with his woodwork. Terrified, Prairie finds herself enrolled in the local school. Never has she been around so many kids and chaos.  How will Prairie survive? Will she fit in? What about friends? Join Prairie on her journey of loss, discovery, friendship and sharing.  (Booktalk by Catherine Ryan, GSF Committee )

Booktalk #2

Prairie has been homeschooled by her dear Grammy, learning her lessons while taking walks and seeing nature. She even has learned much from raising her chickens. Grammy has gone home to North Carolina and her parents are too busy running their farm to teach her. Now Prairie must go to school, but being the new kid isnít that easy. School work is not the problem, unless itís because she knows too much. What she needs to learn is how to make friends. Finally she meets Ivy, her one true friend. When Ivyís mother suddenly decides to get married and move away, Ivy feels lost. But Prairieís family comes to the rescue. Read this book to see how the girls learn lessons on friendship, loyalty and give-and-take.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:      Farm life -- Fiction.

                        Family life -- Fiction.

                        Chickens -- Fiction.

                        Schools -- Fiction.

                        Friendship -- Fiction.

                        Grandmothers -- Fiction.

                        New Paltz (N.Y.) -- Fiction.

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