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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Prairie River (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439440017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439440011
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristiana Gregory grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, two blocks from the ocean. She's always loved to make up stories [ask her family!], telling her younger siblings whoppers that would leave them wide-eyed and shivering. Her first rejection letter at age ten was for a poem she wrote in class when she was supposed to be doing a math assignment. She's had a myriad of odd jobs: telephone operator, lifeguard, camp counselor, reporter, book reviewer & columnist for the LA Times, and finally author. Her award-winning books include STALKED, which earned the 2012 Gold Medal for Young Adult Mystery from Literary Classics and is hailed as "historical fiction with a thrilling twist." KIRKUS calls it "an atmospheric confection that will thrill YA readers ... Gregory achieves a realistic, rich atmosphere with insightful details about the immigration process and New York tenements in the early 1900s." Now available on Kindle and in paperback. JENNY OF THE TETONS [Harcourt] won the Golden Kite Award in 1989 and was the first of two-dozen historical novels for middle grade readers. Several of Kristiana's titles are now available on Kindle including "Curiously Odd Stories: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2" with the celebrated 'Paper Monument', a futuristic book-banning with horrific consequences. MY DARLIN' CLEMENTINE [Holiday House] takes place in an Idaho mining camp of 1866, based on the song of that name, and was Idaho's top pick for the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. BRONTE'S BOOK CLUB [HH] is set in a town by the sea and is inspired by the girls' book club Kristiana led for several years. Her most recent title with Scholastic's Dear America series is CANNONS AT DAWN, a sequel to the best-selling THE WINTER OF RED SNOW, which was made into a movie for the HBO Family Channel. Kristiana and her husband have two adult sons, and live in Idaho with their two golden retrievers. In her spare time she loves to swim, walk, hike, read, and hang out with friends. She's trying to learn to knit, but isn't yet having much success. Check out Kristiana's blogs at http://notesfromthesunroom.blogspot.com/ for behind-the-scenes stories about her books, and with photos from her childhood. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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She is happy to have it and is busy reading it.
93rocket
Even the boarders who come and go from Mrs. Lockett's place have become like old friends; and her relationship with Ivy only adds frosting to the cake.
Erika Sorocco
The book is inspiring, a relaxing and easily read book for young adults.
B. G. Turner

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on March 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
The year is 1865. Fourteen-year-old Vanessa "Nessa" Abrams feels as if she has finally found a place where she fits, in Prairie River. Mrs. Lockett has become like a mother to the young girl, and Rolly and Minnie are more like siblings to Nessa, as opposed to students. Even the boarders who come and go from Mrs. Lockett's place have become like old friends; and her relationship with Ivy only adds frosting to the cake. Yes, for once, Nessa is genuinely happy. Until the unthinkable happens, and all of the joy of Prairie River is taken from her.

After growing up in an orphanage in Missouri, Nessa was forced to flee when she was betrothed to Reverend McDuff. While he was under the impression that the Lord had sent her to him, Nessa had quite a different idea, and knew that a marriage without love wasn't for her; so she fled. Now, Christmas is near, and Ness is having the time of her life. Her teaching job only gets better and better with each passing day; and the countless friends she has made in Prairie River give her something to look forward to each and every morning. But then Reverend McDuff invades her life once more. Even worse, he begins telling all of the townspeople that the two of them will soon be married. Nessa wants nothing more than to please the Lord, but she just can't find it in her heart to love this man. And now, with the townsfolk gossiping, she can't help but feel that her reputation may just be ruined here in Prairie River. The only things that manage to keep her going are Mrs. Lockett's love, her teaching career, and the freshly received letter from her Aunt Britta. Nessa realizes that the good in her life is much stronger than the bad at the moment; but she still can't help but wonder whether it's time to put Prairie River behind her.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. G. Turner on January 8, 2005
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Nessa continues to grow and mature into a young woman who puts her faith in God during difficult circumstances. This book will help young readers understand that everyone has challenges in life and provides insight into how one young woman faced her diffculties with God's help. The book is inspiring, a relaxing and easily read book for young adults. I recommend it heartily and look forward to the next volume of the series.
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By mary on January 2, 2013
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I got this book because I really loved the story. It was a simple story that allowed me to disappear from my stressful personal life into an easier time. It had good morals as well.
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By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2008
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I bought the first of the Prairie River books for my daughter. After reading the first, I had to get the next two. Standing ovation for Kristiana Gregory! What a fabulous author to write some outstanding books for young people.
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By 93rocket on January 4, 2008
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The book was a gift for my daughter who has read other books in this series and quite enjoys them. She is happy to have it and is busy reading it.
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More About the Author

Kristiana Gregory has published more than 30 children's books with Scholastic, Harcourt and Holiday House, and has now ventured into self-publishing with her memoir LONGHAND: ONE WRITER'S JOURNEY.

She grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, two blocks from the beach and she always loved to make up stories. Her first rejection letter at age eleven was for a poem she wrote in class when she was supposed to be doing a math assignment. She's had a myriad of odd jobs: telephone operator, lifeguard, camp counselor, reporter, book reviewer & columnist for the LA Times.

Kristiana's award-winning novels include JENNY OF THE TETONS, which earned the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. Set in 1876, it tells the story of the Shoshone Indian and her fur-trapper husband, Beaver Dick Leigh. Jenny Lake and Leigh Lake in Wyoming are named after this couple.

STALKED: DANGER AND FURY, ELLIS ISLAND 1912 won the 2012 Gold Medal for Young Adult Mystery from Literary Classics and is hailed as "historical fiction with a thrilling twist." KIRKUS says it "will thrill YA readers ... with insightful details about the immigration process and New York tenements in the early 1900s."

Her most recent title with Scholastic's Dear America series is CANNONS AT DAWN, a sequel to the best-selling THE WINTER OF RED SNOW, which was made into a movie for the HBO Family Channel. Her Royal Diary, CLEOPATRA VII: DAUGHTER OF THE NILE, was also an HBO movie. Several of her titles are now available on Kindle including "Curiously Odd Stories: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2" with the celebrated 'Paper Monument', a futuristic book-banning with horrific consequences.

New re-releases in e-books & paperback on Amazon:
*JIMMY SPOON AND THE PONY EXPRESS

*PRAIRIE RIVER SERIES

*MADAME MUSTACHE AND THE BOYS OF BODIE

*CABIN CREEK MYSTERIES

*BRONTE'S BOOK CLUB. Set in a town by the sea, five girls read Scott O'Dell's ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS, finding parallels in their lives and that of the main character, Karana, the Chumash Indian who lived alone on San Nicholas Island during the 1800s.

*NUGGET: THE WILDEST, MOST HEARTBREAKIN'EST MINING TOWN IN THE WEST (formerly titled "My Darlin' Clementine."). This riveting historical mystery set in an Idaho mining camp of 1866, was Idaho's choice for the 2010 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Library of Congress.

Kristiana and her husband have two adult sons, and live in Idaho with their two golden retrievers. In her spare time she loves to swim, hike, watch clouds, do yoga, read & hang out with friends. She loves to travel, but loves being home more.

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