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Come, Llamas [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Morris
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Book Description

It’s spring time on the Kinnaman Ranch in Alaska, and nine-year-old JT is sure it will be the best one yet. This season he’s determined to become a pitcher on his school’s baseball team and to raise his very own llama, just like Grandad promised. When baby llama Elmo is born, JT has all kinds of plans for the first of his herd. Every night after baseball practice, JT trains Elmo. And every morning, the small llama seems to be growing stronger—even as Grandad’s persistant cough gets worse and worse.

Then a bear charges through their property, and JT doesn’t see how their family will manage. Half their llamas are gone, Elmo’s leg is broken, and it’s not long before Grandad needs to be rushed to the clinic. But everything’s always growing and changing on a llama ranch, and JT will find a way to keep on keeping on and make Grandad proud.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6 - Nine-year-old JT tells about his life on an Alaskan llama ranch. He has a lot to deal with as he strives to be a pitcher for his baseball team, raises his first llama, and faces his beloved grandfather's declining health. He is a devoted caretaker for the newborn cria, and is devastated when a bear attack forces him to face the darker side of ranching and to make some difficult decisions regarding the injured animal. The story is gently told but includes enough action and tension to keep the plot moving along. At times, JT's voice sounds much older than his years; nevertheless, his life is intriguing and children who give the book a chance will find themselves rooting for the boy as he overcomes obstacles to claim his place on the Kinnaman Ranch. - Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT
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Gr. 4-6. When JT is nine years old, Grandad decrees that he is old enough to start making his contribution to the family's Alaska llama ranch. JT has plenty on his mind that spring: raising his first cria (baby llama); becoming a pitcher on his baseball team; and coming to terms with his beloved grandad's deteriorating health. A bear destroys fences and mauls the fleeing llamas, but family, friends, and community pull together to restore the ranch, while JT proves his own resilience and worth. Told in the first person from JT's point of view, the story is firmly rooted in its Alaska locale. Many readers will be unfamiliar with the setting, but they'll soon find themselves caught up in JT's experiences and heightened emotions as he lives through a season of change. From the first page to the last, the close relationship between JT and his grandfather lies at the heart of this rewarding first novel. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385731973
  • Publisher: Yearling (February 19, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and moving story April 18, 2005
If you've never lived or worked on a llama ranch in Alaska, no problem. Because now you can spend some time on the Kinnaman Ranch with nine-year-old JT and his Grandad. JT has always wanted to raise his very own llama, and this spring he finally gets the chance to do so.

But as JT's Grandad says, "Things keep growing and changing on a llama ranch." And not always for the best. JT's baby llama, named Elmo, is born very small and needs special attention. JT learns why one cannot spend more than three minutes at a time caring for a new baby llama, and how to watch out for infection.

Just as Elmo is starting to grow, one of the most frightening and terrible things happens to the Kinnaman Ranch. A giant grizzly bear breaks through a fence, and the ranch loses almost half its llamas! As a result, the ranch's yearly income is seriously affected. And to make matters worse, little defenseless Elmo is missing.

They say that bad things happen all once, and this is unfortunately the case with JT and his family. Grandad gets very sick and has to be rushed to the clinic while everyone is trying to find whatever llamas are still alive. And JT, a member of his school's baseball team, may get to pitch in the season's most important game --- if the coach thinks he's good enough. But how can JT find time to practice when so many terrible things are happening?

While Grandad lies seriously ill in the clinic, JT miraculously finds Elmo, who has a broken leg. Llamas with broken legs have not survived on the Kinnaman Ranch. And although JT does get to pitch in the season's last game, Grandad is not there to cheer him on. It takes incredible hope and spirit for JT and Elmo to make it through this saddest yet most inspiring of springs.

COME, LLAMAS, Jennifer Morris's debut novel, is a most unusual and moving story.

--- Reviewed by Bob Oksner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come, Llamas-An Excellent Read March 21, 2005
By Mom
Come,Llamas is a wonderful book about a young man learning some tough lessons in life and the value of family. This fresh new author will delight young and old alike, I loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Down on the Farm---Enjoyable Reading June 1, 2005
We don't have any Llama farms in the high Arctic that I know of--closest might be a tradition of historic Reindeer herding.

But I think children around grades 4-6, and even adults interested in Alaska life will enjoy this debut book by a very promising author.

There are lots of details about Llamas, including the birth process (and a couple of surprises there), but it is all done with a caring touch for young people.

And the portrait of a nine-year-old boy, taking on the responsibility for a Llama is very revealing and inspirational. He still retains the joys of being a kid, including his love of baseball.

A plot, and a portrait of Lllama raising, that will keep the reading going. And I believe it will help young people appreciate animals of all types, and how to respect and understand them.


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