The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

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When Eben McAllister reads about the Seven Wonders of the World, he longs to escape the small farming community of Sassafras Springs and do some exploring f his own. No one else ever seems to want to leave Sassafras however -- not even his best pal, Jeb -- and so, for now, Eben figures he's stuck on the farm with Pa and Aunt Pretty until he grows up.
All that changes when his pa, tired of Eben's moping, challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras Springs that can stang up to the real Seven Wonders of the World. And if he does? Then Eben will get the adventure he's been craving for -- a trip out West. Eben doesn't reckon he'll have any luck -- he can't think of even one thing that would be called "interesting," let along wonderous, in Sassafras, but he figures he'll give it a try; there's nothing else to do in Sassafras anyway.
While his mission puzzles and annoys some of his friends and neighbors, Eben perseveres, little knowing that he is in for a big surprise. For what with a singing saw, a floating table, and a truth-telling loom (just to name a few), the Wonders Eben will discover among his neighbors, friends, and family will give him the adventure of a lifetime...without his ever leaving home.
Told in a down-home narrative with glimmers of magical realism woven throughout, and illustrated with sumptuous drawings by Matt Phelan, Betty G. Birney's tale about a boy's journey of discovery reminds us all that extraordinary things can happen in the most ordinary of places...even in Sassafras Springs.

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Betty G. Birney is an Emmy-winning screenwriter who specializes in live-action TV, and animation for children. She lives with her family in Studio City, California.

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Eben McAllister longs to see the world beyond his small town. His opportunity arises when his father offers him a trip out west if he can find seven wonders in Sassafras Springs. Doubtfully, Eben sets out in search of them. He discovers that his town is full of surprises and wonders, although not the kind he expected to find. Joseph Buttler reads with a quiet cadence that easily slips listeners into another time and place, where life was simpler and people looked out for each other. Buttlers narration captures the personalities and goodness of the characters in this caring and tight-knit community. Listeners could easily wish they were surrounded by such neighbors and friends. J.K.R. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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