Agricultural (YA)

  • Deliver Us from Evie" by M.E. Kerr
  • Dick Francis novels
  • Esperanza Rising (by Pam Munoz Ryan). Esperanza is growing up in Mexico; when her father is killed, she and her mother move to the US to work in the agricultural labor camps.
  • Jesse. Gary Soto
  • Mildred Taylor's books
  • Phoenix Rising, Karen Hesse
  • Plainsong" by Kent Haruf"
  • Rose Daughter_ by Robin McKinley, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast that includes more about growing roses than most people know there is to know.
  • Seedfolks. Fleischman
  • SQUASHED by Joan Bauer.
  • Squashed. Joan Bauer. It's partly about a girl who's trying to grow a prize-winning pumpkin.
  • Taming the Star Runner S.E. Hinton
  • Tamsin_ by Peter S. Beagle is a ghost story, but it has an agricultural setting.  The step-father is an agricultural biologist who is hired to restore the soil of a farm depleted by centuries of bad management, and there is discussion of nitrogen fixing, no-till farming, and alternatives to over-reliance on chemical fertilizers.  The ghost's father was a seventeenth century enthusiast of agrarian reform, committed to new methods of his time.
  • The Beet Fields" by Gary Paulsen.  Paul runs away from home at 16 and works in the migrant labor camps picking beets (he does lots more too but that's where he starts.)
  • The Circuit. Jimenez
  • Tomorrow When the War Began" series by John Marsden
  • Tony Hillermans Native American themes.
  • Walker's Crossing" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor,
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