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The Barn by Avi
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The Barn (1994)

by Avi

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I found this book difficult to read. The 9 year old main character comes home from boarding school to find his father a shell of his former self due to a stroke. This hit a little close to home for me. I wasn't a big fan of the whole thing, but the last chapter (actually just a paragraph) still brought tears to my eyes. A 3 star book, but that ending raised it up another notch to 4 stars. ( )
  ErinMa | Mar 1, 2019 |
Ben, a nine year old boy,attends a boarding school. But while away at school Ben's father becomes ill. Ben's older brother and sister send for him to come home to their Oregon homestead. The family needs Ben's help.chh
  Chhilliard0717 | Jan 31, 2016 |
A story of love between siblings and their love for their father.
After their father has a stroke, Ben finds a way to communicate with his father and determines that they must build the barn that he had intended to do.
The details on how Ben, Harrison and Nettie planned and erected the barn are fascinating. ( )
  aimless22 | Jun 18, 2013 |
The plot is set in Oregon territory in 1855, and it depicts how harsh life in the country could be especially for three teenagers who are forced to take on adult responsibilities. When Ben's father has a stroke, Ben is fetched from boarding school in Portland so he can care for Father while his older siblings work the family farm. Father is pitifully helpless, but Ben believes that if he and his siblings build the barn Father always wanted, he will recover. As the barn goes up, Father grows weaker. In the end, Father is taken from them, but the barn remains.
  mrindt | Feb 19, 2011 |
This book is about a teenager who goes off to school after his mother has passed away. He is called back home because his father has suffered a stroke, and has become incapacitated. His two siblings and he decide to take on the responsibility of running the family farm and building the barn. The plot is set in Oregon territory in 1855, and it depicts how harsh life in the country could be especially for three teenagers who are forced to take on adult responsibilities. This book is a high interest book is for 9-12 graders, but it is written at a 4th grade reading level. ( )
  ElenaEstrada | Aug 14, 2009 |
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Your father has net with an accident.
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Harrison rod for the minister, but he was out o circuit, so we did Father's service ourselves. Harrison and I built the coffin
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380725622, Paperback)

The schoolmaster says nine-year-old Benjamin is the finest student he's ever seen-fit for more than farming; destined for great things someday But his father's grave illness brings Ben home,from school and compels him to strive forsomething great right now -- to do the one thing that will please Father so much he'll want to live. But first Ben must convince his older sister andbrother to work with him. And together, they succeed in ways they never dreamed possible.

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In an effort to fulfill their dying father's last request, nine-year-old Ben and his brother and sister construct a barn on their land in the Oregon Territory.

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