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Grade 5-7–Howard's poor judgment has gotten him in trouble before, but refusing to accompany his older brother home has meant sleeping with mules for warmth all winter and fighting dogs for scraps of food. The promised position as a kitchen boy at an inn in Birchport, NY, has been snatched by a rival, and Howard's usual job as a hoggee (driving mules that pull Erie Canal boats) won't begin until water is allowed back in the canal in the spring. Starved and miserable as he is, he can't help wondering what is wrong with one of three granddaughters of a man who has befriended him. When Howard discovers that Sarah is a deaf mute, he vows to help her even though he doesn't know how. Adult characters often form hard opinions and quickly change them to service the plot. However, Howard and Sarah are well drawn and winsome while Jack, who alternately prods and champions his younger brother, is appealing. When Howard discovers sign language and his natural teaching ability, readers become fully invested in his story and will definitely be rooting for him. An interesting pairing would be Clara Gillow Clark's Nellie Bishop (Boyds Mills, 2003), which is also about battling poverty in a canal town, but viewed through a girl's struggle.–Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
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About the Author

Anna Myers has authored numerous books for Walker & Company, including Flying Blind, of which Booklist said, “The characters don’t disappoint, and there’s plenty of action to drive the plot. . . . A lively read.” Her Tulsa Burning and When the Bough Breaks were both selected as New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age; she is a two-time winner of the Oklahoma Book Award for Children’s Books; and she has garnered numerous other awards for her work. Anna lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802789269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802789266
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,389,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This was a great book with an awesome plot line and characters! The time period is during the time in America that people used the Erie Canal as a way of transportation.

As winter comes and the Erie Canal has stopped and that leaves Howard with two choices, he can either go back home to visit his mother with his brother, Jack, or stay at Birchport and find a job and place to stay. Howard chooses the second choice, not knowing what will lay ahead for him during the winter. Needing a place to stay Howard stays in Old Cyrus`s barn, sleeping in the stalls intended for mules, that are used on the Erie Canal.After awhile he runs out of food and must go into town to try and find a job or find food in the allyways. He is turned down from every job he finds and the most memorable one is when he goes to an inn and is turned down because he does not look Irish or have an Irish name. So, seeing that he won`t be able to find a job he searches the allyways for food as much as possible.

This book has two main conflicts that are really interesting. They are Person vs. Person and Person vs. Self, which makes an interesting story line as Howard tries to figure out where he stands in life and how to escape his brother`s shadow. I thought this was a great book and I recomend it for anyone who is looking for a book to read with a new plot. If you want to find out more about this book you should definitely buy it, it`ll be worth every penny!!
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