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Buchanan, Jane.
New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003.
IL 3-6, RL 4.9
ISBN 0374406103
Meggie hated being the youngest.  Being the youngest meant that she had to go with Mama whenever she picked up Old Sam.  And she really hated Old Sam.  He smelled.  And he was weird.  Old Sam had spent 25 years in a mental hospital.  No one was really sure if Old Sam was mentally ill before he went in or if living in that place had made him odd.  At any rate, once the funding to the hospital was cut, Sam was released and was on his own.  His brother had left him quite a bit of money but even so, Old Sam lived in a small room in town and didn't drive.  He depended on people from the church to take him places.  And it always seemed to Meggie that it was their turn.  Not that she minded getting the wonderful berries that Old Sam picked, but she couldn't stand the smell of him and his weird ways.  When Old Sam is hit by a car, can Meggie change her feelings about this sad old man?
SUBJECTS:     Empathy -- Fiction.
                        Old age -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Berries -- Fiction.
                        Christmas -- Fiction.


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