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Annie Lucas, the oldest child on a farm in the 1920s, loves going to the one-room school, but her dreams of continuing on to high school are at risk when she is needed at home to help take care of her large family when her mother has another baby
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Grade 5-8-A story set in rural New York during Prohibition. With a flighty older sister who's run off to town, a brother and father who work the farm, and her other siblings too young to help out, Annie is her mother's mainstay. Her teacher, Miss Osborne, offers her a chance to go on to high school, but the girl is sure her parents won't let her leave home. A thin thread of suspense holds the plot together, barely. Annie's dream is threatened when her mother becomes pregnant, again when she fears (unconvincingly) that Miss Osborne will change her mind, and again when the reverend tries to discredit the teacher within the community. Stronger elements save the book: some well-developed characters, entertaining family and school scenes, and believable dialogue. Though longer and less focused than it should be, the book also offers some interesting insights into women's options: Annie doesn't want to end up like her mother, worn out by childbirth and child-rearing, but she comes to respect her choices, and ultimately decides to stay home while the woman recovers from a difficult delivery. While Annie's dream is deferred for now, Clark hints at a sequel with a love interest. An additional title for larger fiction collections.
Sally Bates Goodroe, Houston Public Library
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In this 1920's story, set in the rural Northeast, Annie Lucas is the first in her family given the opportunity to continue her education. But there are obstacles: she must pass high-school entrance exams, find a room in town, persuade her family to release her from duties on the farm. As she watches her two oldest siblings escape the drudgery of farm life and the youngest enter the world, nearly costing her mother's life, she's beset by conflicting emotions. Foremost, she doesn't want to follow in her mother's footsteps, though circumstances persistently press her in that direction. First-novelist Clark's delineation of Annie's character is awkward and erratic, yet the final pages here provide a satisfying and credible conclusion. (Illustrations not seen.) (Fiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Boyds Mills Pr, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1563975610
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