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Sterling North (1906–1974)

Author of Rascal

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About the Author

Born in 1904 in Koshkonong, Wisconsin, Sterling North was the author of many books for young adults and adults, including Rascal, which was a Newbery Honor book in 1964. In 1957, he became the general editor of North Star Books, publisher of biographies of American heroes for young adult readers. show more Sterling North also wrote biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, and Henry David Thoreau. He died in 1974. show less
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Works by Sterling North

Rascal (1963) 5,041 copies
The Wolfling (1969) 534 copies
Little Rascal (1965) 261 copies
So Dear to My Heart (1947) 128 copies
Captured by the Mohawks (1960) 117 copies
Young Thomas Edison (1958) 85 copies
Hurry, Spring! (1966) 60 copies
Mark Twain and the River (1634) 51 copies
So Dear to My Heart [1948 film] (1949) — Original book — 42 copies
Thoreau of Walden Pond (1959) 37 copies

Associated Works

Mutiny on the Bounty (1932) — Introduction, some editions — 1,575 copies
Washington Irving (1960) — Editor, some editions — 33 copies
Favorite Animal Stories (1987) — Contributor — 11 copies
Writing Books for Boys and Girls — Contributor, some editions — 5 copies
My Life In Publishing — Introduction — 1 copy


Common Knowledge



Nothing's surprising in the North household, not even Sterling's new pet raccoon. Rascal is only a baby when Sterling brings him home, but soon the two are best friends, doing everything together--until the spring day when everything suddenly changes.

Rascal is a heartwarming boyhood memoir that continues to find its way into the hearts of readers fifty years later.
PlumfieldCH | 41 other reviews | Sep 23, 2023 |
As a student of America's founding, I read a number of well researched, detailed books. But it's nice every once in a while to read a more concise, "simple" book about a particular topic. "Frontier Colonel" covers Washington's early years, focusing mainly on his work with the British in attempting to quell the French from overtaking the colonies.
Jarratt | 2 other reviews | Jun 4, 2023 |
I enjoyed reading this to my son. Sterling writes of a year in his life, after his mother's death, and the lenient household his father allowed: He is handbuilding a canvas & wood canoe in the living room. On a trip to the Brule River region, his father leaves him alone at camp for several days, and apparently frequently Sterling is left to his own devices at home, which he handles responsibly. He finds an isolated baby raccoon and raises it, lavishing it with love. His episode of taking it to show-and-tell at school is very reminiscent of the tale he told in The Wolfling in which the school bully gets nipped after surreptitiously hurting the animal. While the main text concerns the raccoon, he also writes of being cared for by farm relatives during the Influenza Epidemic and a later visit to help them with tobacco stripping. Sterling has to earn his spending money by selling newspapers and trapping muskrats--until his love for Rascal makes him realize he can no longer harm wild creatures. As Rascal matures, his habit of raiding neighboring garden patches makes him persona non grata and Sterling has to take measures to keep him safe from retaliatory shooting.
Excellent role model values shown throughout the book, altho most youth in current times don't experience the same country environment.
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juniperSun | 41 other reviews | May 22, 2023 |
What a fun little story. I don’t know how I hadn’t encountered this before. It really does seem like a memoir of a better time...I think I would’ve liked to have been around back then.
MrMet | 41 other reviews | Apr 28, 2023 |



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