Seven generations of Callahan women have possessed the family secret. And now Maggie's time has come.Maggie Callahan can hardly wait to see her beloved Aunt Franny again. But when she finally arrives at the cabin in the wilds of western Pennsylvania, it's completely deserted. Aunt Franny and Uncle Thomas have pulled up stakes and headed for the Ohio Valley. Maggie's two hundred miles and fourteen days of hard travel have been all for nothing.
Faced with surviving the fierce frontier winter alone, Maggie is forced to hire herself out to the grim, bitter Mrs. McGrew. But Maggie's a Callahan, and that means she possesses a precious family secret. Kept in the pouch she wears around her neck is spook yeast for making the finest bread ever baked in the valley surrounding Sinking Creek. And her aunt's wise words, "Bring your troubles to the bread, Maggie," help her begin to see that there's more magic in the yeast and more strength within herself than Maggie ever dreamed.
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Robin Moore, whose family has lived in the Pennsylvania mountains for two hundred years, makes his living as an author and storyteller.Since 1981, he has presented more than two thousand programs and workshops at schools, museums, and festivals. His programs combine both traditional and original North American stories with demonstrations of old-time living skills.Before turning to storytelling, Robin served as a combat soldier in Vietnam, earned a journalism degree from Pennsylvania State University, and worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor.He now lives with his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Jesse and Rachel, in a stone farmhouse on a small patch of land in Montgomery County, just north of Philadelphia.Mr. Moore is also the author of MAGGIE AMONG THE SENECA, the sequel to THE BREAD SISTER OF SINKING CREEK. From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-- Maggie Callahan is a strong female protagonist indeed. Not only does she travel with a pack-train from Philadelphia deep into the wilds of the central Pennsylvania mountains in 1776; when she finds that the aunt she hoped to join there has moved on to Ohio, the 14-year-old pioneer rejects returning to the city where she has no family in favor of making a life for herself in Sinking Creek. She becomes a hired girl for the McGrew family, helping hostile Mrs. McGrew and deaf 12-year-old Annie with the chores and caring for the baby. Maggie's aunt left her with an important family legacy: spook yeast (what we know as sourdough starter), the key to wonderful loaves of bread. The residents of Sinking Creek appreciated her aunt's bread, so Maggie finds that her ability to bake it gives her status in the community as well as a commodity she can trade for other needs. Moore's characters are fully developed, from self-important McGrew, his burdened wife, lively Annie, to Maggie herself, who shows just us how feisty she can be when necessary. Moore rounds out the book with several pages on the history of sourdough bread, recipes for starter and for a simple-to-make and a more complicated bread. His details of the hardships of Maggie's life are simply told but grittily realistic, while his skill as a storyteller comes through in the tall tales told in a boisterous Christmas party scene. A good addition to the many books already available on life in early America. --Sylvia S. Marantz, Wellington School, Columbus, OH
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0064403572
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110064403572
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