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WORTH by A. LaFaye

WORTH

By A. LaFaye

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: June 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-85730-6
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

“A steer you’d have to pay for, but a boy you could adopt for free,” says Nathaniel after he injures his leg and his father adopts John Worth to help work their Nebraska land. Nathaniel is jealous of John, but there’s enough bad feeling to go around. Ma and Pa have lost their little girl; John lost his family in a New York City fire (the reason he’s an orphan); and Nathaniel fears he’ll never walk properly again. Yet John proves his worth, and the two boys become like brothers as Nathaniel realizes the need to make do with what they have and get on with life. It’s a lively story of two boys set against a backdrop of the Orphan Trains, range wars, lynchings, drownings, and sheep killings. Something for everyone. (Historical fiction. 8-12)