From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-A fine beginning chapter book. Margaret is the strong, smart daughter of a Vermont family doctor in 1918. She accompanies her father on his rounds as he visits neighbors and is paid for his services in chickens and apples. The 11-year-old loves to help her Papa, and wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Unfortunately, Mama does not agree that this is an attainable goal for a girl, and so discourages her daughter. The family is also affected by World War I when Uncle Owen is called into service. Margaret and her younger brother enjoy life as children, even with the news of the world and the hardships of life going on around them. The influenza epidemic, which hits their community, also brings drama to this tale. Good suspense and believable characters are the hallmarks of this short but well-written story. A good, easy choice for any collection.JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA
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Gr. 2-4. Margaret's dream of becoming a doctor like her father is put to the test in 1918 in rural Vermont. Her wishes for a sister, a dog, and for Mama to allow her to study medicine are set aside when Uncle Owen is declared missing in the war in France, and a deadly flu epidemic threatens the entire state. Margaret must use her wits and what she learned from watching her father at work to protect herself and her brother and save a young girl's life. Plot driven, the short chapters read quickly, conveying the conditions of the time and place. The ending is tidy and the characterizations are superficial, but the impact of a remote war, the strong family ties, and a girl's determination to follow her dream are clearly drawn. Margaret gets her wishes along with an understanding of human nature and an affirmation of her ambition. An easy read for historical context. Julie CumminsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved