1946 Newbery Medal Winner
The land was theirs, but so were its hardships
Strawberries -- big, ripe, and juicy. Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking them. But her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven′t even begun their planting. "Don′t count your biddies ′fore they′re hatched, gal young un!" her father tells her.
Making the new farm prosper is not easy. There is heat to suffer through, and droughts, and cold snaps. And, perhaps most worrisome of all for the Boyers, there are rowdy neighbors, just itching to start a feud.--from the publisher
208 pages 978-0064405850 Ages 8-12
Keywords: farms, historical fiction, Newbery Medal, family, overcoming obstacles, overcoming adversity, courage, determination, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old
Read alikes: Books by Lois Lenski: Houseboat Girl; Judy's Journey (migrant workers); Texas Tomboy; Prairie School; Flood Friday; Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison; Blue Ridge Billy (Appalachia); Mama Hattie's Girl (racism); Cotton in My Sack
Editor's Note: Lois Lenski is known for her "American Regional Series."
Other authors: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright; Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink; Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer; Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey; Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen; The Little Riders by Margaretha Shemin; The Moffats by Eleanor Estes; Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes