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O'Connor, Shelia.


New York : Putnam Juvenile, 2012

IL 5-8, RL 4.0

ISBN 0399254595

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Pride, Nightingale, and Baby have been through a lot in their short lives. Losing both of their parents and winding up in a shelter before their Grandfather, Old Finn, shows up to claim them. They move from the commune in New Mexico to Old Finn's quiet 40 acres known as Eden in rural Minnesota. Old Finn keeps to himself and they accept this arrangement and are home schooled in academics and life skills right up to the day Old Finn takes sick and goes into the hospital. Nothing Old Finn taught them prepared them for life on their own. Pride, the oldest, swings into protective mode and will stop at nothing to prevent others from stepping in and placing them into foster care. After starting their own business to earn money and deflecting questions from nearly everyone they have to accept they may not be able to stay on their own for long.  (South Carolina Children's Book Award nominee, 2015 

Prepared by: Amanda Youmans, Pleasant Hill Elementary School,


Self-reliance -- Fiction.

Sick -- Fiction.

Family life -- Minnesota -- Fiction.

Neighborliness -- Fiction.

Orphans -- Fiction.

Old age -- Fiction.

Minnesota -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.

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