Calling me home

by Hermes, Patricia.

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile j HER
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  j HER
Twelve-year-old Abbie and her family are finding the homesteader's life on the Nebraska plains harder than they ever imagined. Trying to save the money to buy a homestead, Papa is working in town and rarely comes home to visit. Abbie, her sister, two brothers, and their mother live out on their prairie farm, isolated from civilization. Abbie wishes for impossible things: that the family could live in town, that she could own a piano, could attend school, and have friends her own age. But then tragedy strikes and Abbie tortures herself with remorse, no longer sure that she and her family will find the courage and faith to survive.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4^-7. In the late 1850s, Abbie Chrisman and her family have moved from St. Joseph, Missouri, to homestead on the prairies of eastern Nebraska. Although Abbie loves the sights and sounds all around her, she hates their sod home; sadly, Papa has decided to postpone house building until he has paid for their land. Then a cholera epidemic strikes the family, and Abbie fears that she may have unwittingly contributed to her younger brother's death. Hermes' strength is her attention to period and setting details. Unfortunately, the novel's climax depends on Abbie's feelings of guilt, and Papa's once-upon-a-time story that clears up this misunderstanding will leave many modern readers feeling manipulated. An additional purchase for collections with high demand for this genre. --Kay Weisman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Among the spate of middle-grade fiction centering on the daughters of 19th-century American homesteaders, Hermes's (Mama, Let's Dance; You Shouldn't Have to Say Goodbye) graceful if predictable novel stands a cut above. At its heart is the question of what does‘and what should‘constitute "home" for Abbie. Her family has moved from a town where they lived in a proper house with a piano and where the children attended school. But out on the Nebraska prairie, no school yet exists and the family inhabits what Abbie describes as a "gopher hole"‘a sod house "made out of the earth, with a ceiling that leaked and dropped dirt and dust into our dinner." Though she loves the freedom that the prairie gives her, she misses the comforts of town life. But her longing for town pales next to her baby brother's death from cholera; Abbie, believing it took her too long to fetch the doctor, blames herself. All this is familiar territory, but Hermes takes a fresh path with a feminist angle (Abbie feels it unfair that her father is acquiring land chiefly to pass it on to his sons‘women could not own land in the 1850s) and with other interesting historical details, mostly about various ruses adopted by land-hungry settlers‘including women‘in order to circumvent the homestead laws. A solid story, neatly told. Ages 8-12. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Frontier and pioneer life -- Nebraska -- Fiction.
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Christian life -- Fiction.
Nebraska -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Avon Camelot,1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 140 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0380974517
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