- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Paperback: 122 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1456503375
- ISBN-13: 978-1456503376
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,356,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Summer on the Sun-Up: The Ranch with the Quarter-Circle-Three-Bar Brand Paperback – January 31, 2011
About the Author
Margaret Jane Jones is the author of SUMMER ON THE SUN-UP, a novel of historical fiction for middle grade readers 8-12. She based the story, in part, on many events she experienced while growing up on a cattle and wheat ranch in Klickitat Valley in the State of Washington. She is a graduate of Washington State University. Ms. Jones taught elementary school in the states of Oklahoma, Virginia, and Florida. As a Fulbright Exchange teacher, she taught in Yorkshire, England. She wrote SUMMER ON THE SUN-UP inspired by questions her students often asked, such as: “What did you do on your ranch when you were a girl before there were computers and television?” Margaret Jane Jones is married and divides her time between Florida and New Hampshire. She is devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, and a large extended family.
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The story moves along briskly, revealing all the fine details of ranch life, the hard and hot work of harvesting, and the tension that comes from selling their meager produce. And yet it rings with the happiness of a determined loving family and the simple pleasures of pastures,barns, and the beauty and pleasures of pastoral life.
I was particularly enchanted with the story because, like the narrator, I was also ten years old in 1943 and lived under the gloomy clouds of a far-off war. It comes as a shock to look back at those times because so much has changed. I too lived with the rationing, the hard work, the eager anticipation of the next meal, and the threadbare existence of the Great Depression and then all the sacrifices we made during World War II. And, yet, we were just as happy then as we are now living in ease and plenty in the 21st century—a million miles removed from the 1940’s. There is a lesson there, remembering those days, when everyone was friendly, helpful, and there was no violence, terrorism, or angry protests. It was a simpler nicer time that we may never see again.
In contrast to today, that rustic farm life taught every child that there was no use thinking others should be the ones doing for you. Instead, the youth learned that they could and should do for themselves. It was a time still shaped by the Greatest Generation, a people still devoted to honesty, hard work, and an uncomplaining persistence to survive and build a better future.
Both young and old will enjoy following the adventures of the narrator and heroine, ten year old Jane Eaton, who learns to put up with the heat and dirt of farming. Readers will become engrossed in her efforts to help her family in their struggle to save the family farm, and will savor her joy of success that comes from shared sacrifice. Highly recommended!.