Prairie Evers isn’t finding school all it’s cracked up to be. “From day one I did not like school. First of all I didn’t like the big yellow bus roaring up to fetch me. I didn’t like being in among all those kids. I wasn’t much used to children and I didn’t believe I’d like them. Right away I could tell it would be just like the hen house: there was going to be a pecking order, and I was going to be at the bottom of it.”
Prairie Evers is none to happy that her family has moved from North Carolina to New York state, but at least she has her grandmother, who is also her homeschool teacher. Then when Grammy decides to move back to North Carolina and live with her brother, Prairie’s world is turned upside down. She decides to raise chickens, and after a little research has chosen the best breeds. Then her parents decide Prairie should attend regular school. School is not all that it’s cracked up to be and Prairie finds it tricky to learn the pecking order until she meets Ivy Blake and has her first true friend. Prairie wants to be a good friend, although at times she can be clueless. When Ivy’s world begins to unravel though, Prairie is right beside her friend, learning the ups-and-downs of friendship, as well as life. Prairie’s the kind of friend readers are going to want to have.
ISBN: 9780399256912 215 pages Grades 2-6
Alice Cyphers, Librarian, Pennsylvania USA