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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802781721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802781727
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,188,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-6-- Myers is an author worth keeping an eye on, for behind a decidedly unattractive jacket illustration a very fine first novel. Jessie, 12, is growing up in Oklahoma during the dust-bowl Depression. She is a strong child with wisdom beyond her years. When her young sister dies of pneumonia, she watches her father sink into a severe depression, making him lethargic and unreachable. Jessie comforts her mother and watches after her brother, H. J. When her aunt and uncle leave their farm to seek their fortune in California, she tries to make their nearly wild dog a pet. Ring is shot by a neighboring farmer, and Jessie sees a tie between the wounds the dog and her father suffer. This is a well-written, spare story. The waves of heat in late summer countryside emanate from the pages. Every member of this family comes to life, and the hard work and isolation on the farm are evident. Jessie and her brother's feelings are so real at times that readers will hurt with them. There is also humor in the actions of H. J. and down-to-earth dialogue and action. Coyotes and wild dogs add excitement that leads to a cliff-hanger climax. This is good historical fiction and a sensitive family story. Recommend it to Wilder fans, or for teachers to read aloud. --Susannah Price, Boise Public Library,
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Anna Myers is the author of 19 novels for young readers published by Walker Books, New York, NY. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah on July 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
This story has stayed with me. It's hard to hear "red dirt" and not think of this book. I read it years ago, and my children will be reading someday soon. Anna Meyers, is a great author and teacher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie L Tomlinson on May 3, 2013
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fantastic story about a girl and a dog during the depression and how she tries hard to help her family overcome death and economic hard times!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schoolswap on February 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
As a red dirt Oklahoma girl, I read this book and cried my little heart out. I loved Jessie, and her bravery. I related to her daddy. I still have this story after twenty years and can't wait to read it with my girls.
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By Linda on September 29, 2014
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This is a good book for any kid who loves dogs. It also helps explain the nature of depression as the little girl protagonist witnesses her father's disconnect from the world during the lean times of the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. As with all good children's books, this one has a hopeful, happy ending.
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Format: Hardcover
Great book; tied in nicely to Dust Bowl emphasis.
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