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Prairie Evers


Series
Prairie Evers

by
Ellen Airgood

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin
Imprint
Nancy Paulsen
ISBN
9780399256912

Awards and Honors
William Allen White Children#8217;s Book Awards 2014–2015 Master List
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In a year that begins with bitter disappointments, Prairie eventually finds what she has always wanted: a friend who is like a sister.

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

Fic

AR

4.9: points 5

Lexile

790L

Scholastic Reading Counts

9

JLG Release

Sep 2012

Topics

Farm life. Family life. Chickens. Schools. Friendship. Grandmothers. Social issues. New Paltz, New York.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild

  • Ellen Airgood is especially attuned to the subtleties of human interaction, and she reveals characters through true-to-life dialogue and Prairie’s astute observations.
  • Prairie is a likable, spirited heroine and engaging narrator. When a group of popular girls bump into Prairie on purpose and tell her to “watch it,” readers will cheer her response: “I was scared for just a minute. I saw in their eyes that they wouldn’t mind lighting into me. Then in the next second I was mad. I stood up straight and took a step toward them. ‘You better watch out.’”
  • A homeschooled, only child who has always spent more time among grown-ups than other kids, Prairie finds her friendship with Ivy transformative. But Airgood also explores the realities of close relationships: “Grammy chuckled. ‘You’re just finding out what it’s like to have a sibling. It’s the best thing in the world, but from time to time it’s a real headache.’”
  • The Evers family has recently moved from North Carolina’s Appalachia to a farm in New Paltz, New York. The details of their rural lifestyle—Prairie raises chickens and sells the eggs at farmers’ markets, and her parents are craftspeople—are fascinating.

School Library Journal

After moving with her parents and grandmother from the mountains of North Carolina to upstate New York, 10-year-old Prairie Evers is adjusting to life on the farm her mother inherited. When her grandmother decides to move back home, Prairie is heartbroken. Not only has Grammy been her teacher all her young life, but she is also her best friend. Things get even worse when her mother takes a job and Prairie must go to school for the first time in her life. She dislikes being in a classroom from the very beginning. She doesn’t like the bus, the noise, and the chaos of being surrounded by so many other children. Prairie would much rather be spending her days with the chickens she is raising on the farm. Then she meets Ivy Blake, her first true friend. When she learns that Ivy has been harboring a dark secret and has a terrible home life, Prairie is determined to help. The Evers invite the quiet girl into their home, and Prairie discovers that sharing her family isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. With Prairie, Airgood has created a bright, spunky, independent thinker who traverses the ups and downs of friendship with optimism and loyalty. The text is smart, with plenty of challenging vocabulary and accurate information about types of chickens and the procedures involved in raising them. This is a great book to recommend to readers who like a lively heroine and an intelligent, refreshing, and unpretentious plot.—D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, OH

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Ellen Airgood is especially attuned to the subtleties of human interaction, and she reveals characters through true-to-life dialogue and Prairie’s astute observations.
  • Prairie is a likable, spirited heroine and engaging narrator. When a group of popular girls bump into Prairie on purpose and tell her to “watch it,” readers will cheer her response: “I was scared for just a minute. I saw in their eyes that they wouldn’t mind lighting into me. Then in the next second I was mad. I stood up straight and took a step toward them. ‘You better watch out.’”
  • A homeschooled, only child who has always spent more time among grown-ups than other kids, Prairie finds her friendship with Ivy transformative. But Airgood also explores the realities of close relationships: “Grammy chuckled. ‘You’re just finding out what it’s like to have a sibling. It’s the best thing in the world, but from time to time it’s a real headache.’”
  • The Evers family has recently moved from North Carolina’s Appalachia to a farm in New Paltz, New York. The details of their rural lifestyle—Prairie raises chickens and sells the eggs at farmers’ markets, and her parents are craftspeople—are fascinating.

School Library Journal

After moving with her parents and grandmother from the mountains of North Carolina to upstate New York, 10-year-old Prairie Evers is adjusting to life on the farm her mother inherited. When her grandmother decides to move back home, Prairie is heartbroken. Not only has Grammy been her teacher all her young life, but she is also her best friend. Things get even worse when her mother takes a job and Prairie must go to school for the first time in her life. She dislikes being in a classroom from the very beginning. She doesn’t like the bus, the noise, and the chaos of being surrounded by so many other children. Prairie would much rather be spending her days with the chickens she is raising on the farm. Then she meets Ivy Blake, her first true friend. When she learns that Ivy has been harboring a dark secret and has a terrible home life, Prairie is determined to help. The Evers invite the quiet girl into their home, and Prairie discovers that sharing her family isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. With Prairie, Airgood has created a bright, spunky, independent thinker who traverses the ups and downs of friendship with optimism and loyalty. The text is smart, with plenty of challenging vocabulary and accurate information about types of chickens and the procedures involved in raising them. This is a great book to recommend to readers who like a lively heroine and an intelligent, refreshing, and unpretentious plot.—D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, OH

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