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Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood

Prairie Evers (edition 2012)

by Ellen Airgood

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Title:Prairie Evers
Authors:Ellen Airgood
Info:Nancy Paulsen Books (2012), Hardcover, 215 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood



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This is a sweet story about a young girl whose family moves from North Carolina to New York state. She has been home-schooled for her whole life so far and when her parents decide she should go to school, she is scared. She doesn't want to go. She dreads the bus, the other students, sitting in school all day... But, she finds something at school that she never had before... a best friend.

Young girls will love this sweet story about friendship, dealing with change, and discovering who you are.

Recommended to:
Grades 3 - 5, fans of realistic fiction. ( )
  Jadedog13 | Sep 11, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book about an ordinary, everyday girl who is going through some changes in her life. I love how it starts and ends with the same sentence, it brings the book full circle in the life of Prairie. Prairie is a very likeable character with a loving family and a kind heart. However, she is never saccharine. One of my favorite things about her is at the end when a character moves into her home, she struggles a little bit with jealousy and possessiveness. She has to work to understand other people's feelings, but she eventually comes around. This is a sweet, good story.

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Prairie's best friend, Ivy, comes from a very difficult home life. There are major issues there, which I won't delineate because that would give things away, but they are dealt with gently and shouldn't cause too much concern to parents. ( )
  Bduke | Sep 30, 2015 |
Prairie has always been a free child, growing up with her beloved Grammy and parents in the North Carolina mountains while being homeschooled. When her parents relocate to a farm in New Paltz, N.Y., Grammy returns to North Carolina and 10-year-old Prairie enters school for the first time.

Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/prairie-evers-ellen-airgood/ ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
In a word: refreshing! This was such a wonderful story. As our narrator, Prairie shows us the world - good, bad, and ugly - as a 10-year-old sees it. Whether it is the other citizens of Paltz, NY, or her classmates, you get an honest perspective. There is a nice blend of characters, who, as the story unfolds, may challenge your initial judgement of them. Through Prairie's eyes these people seem real. I, for one, wanted to walk right up to the rude woman in the diner!

Pros: Engaging characters and honest narrative combine in this beautiful, wholesome coming of age story.

To read our full review, go to The Reading Tub®.
  TheReadingTub | Dec 22, 2013 |
The chicken-raising aspect of this story attracted me but it is not just a chicken story. Prairie Evers', an independent-minded girl, adjustment to changes in her life after moving to New Paltz, NY from North Carolina is the center of the story. Prairie and her family are people you want to meet. The story is a nice combination of home life and school life. A quiet gem. ( )
  geraldinefm | Nov 15, 2012 |
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A sweet, spirited ten-year-old embarks upon the adventure of first friendship in this sparkling debut

Prairie Evers is finding that socialization isn't all it's cracked up to be. She's been homeschooled by her granny and has learned the most from traipsing through nature. But now she has to attend public school, and feels just like her chickens--cooped up and subject to the pecking order. School is a jolt for Prairie until she meets Ivy, her first true friend. But while raising chickens and the great outdoors have given Prairie wisdom and perspective, nothing has prepared her for the give and take of friendship. When Prairie finds out that Ivy's home may not be the best place for Ivy, Prairie must corral all her optimism and determination to hatch a plan to help.

Fabulous writing and a narrator full of personality distinguish this lively middle-grade novel.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:12 -0400)

"Ten-year-old Prairie is happy being home-schooled and raising her flock of chickens, so transferring to regular school is a big change, but fortunately she meets a wonderful friend"--

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