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After sixteen-year-old Hallie's mother dies, she loses herself in caring for her seven brothers and sisters. Then the outbreak of World War I divides her tiny Oklahoma town, bringing a mysterious draft-dodger searching for refuge in the hills. Neighbors mistrust neighbors, fear turns to anger-and love forces Hallie to stand up for what she knows is right.
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Anna Myers is the author of four novels, including the award-winning Red-Dirt Jessie and its sequel, Spotting the Leopard (both Puffin). She lives in Chandler, Oklahoma.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-8?Hallie Horton, 16, must deal with her grief at her mother's death while caring for her numerous siblings; her father seems unable to do anything except work in the fields of their Oklahoma farm. She finds unexpected comfort in her shotgun-toting neighbor, Mary, who reveals a sad and tender side as she shares secrets of her past. Hallie feels especially lonely when her older brother joins the army, and when her best friend's family must lay low because of increasing anti-German sentiment. When an army deserter saves her from the lecherous Gid, Mary's miscreant son, she makes a new friend who encourages her to dream of becoming a teacher. But when Gid decides to try and hang deserters and Germans and rape Hallie, mere survival becomes paramount. Reminiscent of Jean Thesman's The Ornament Tree (Houghton, 1996), this story set during World War I tells of a teen's struggle to determine where her responsibilities lie and whether it is right for a female to develop her talents. When injustice threatens, she appeals to other women to change the moral tides of their community. Although the villains are rather flat and their motivations not particularly clear, Myers does a masterful job with other characters. Crude Mary is appropriately colorful and lovable; the school master is hilarious in his "comeuppance"; and readers will identify with Hallie, a young person questing for a future. Above all, Myers has a perfect understanding of isolated rural life and the eccentricities that make it interesting.?Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
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