RED SKY AT MORNING by Andrea Wyman


Age Range: 8 - 12
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 Callie's grandfather (``Opa'') settled his Indiana farm 40 years ago, but for Callie, her older sister Katherine, and their mother, the future lies in Oregon, where their father is already searching for the right farm. Then Mama dies in childbirth; Callie and Katherine, awaiting their father's return, continue to pitch in on Opa's farm. When Katherine leaves home to earn money, Callie is left on her own to face a diphtheria epidemic, cope with Opa's weak heart, and carry on with the chores until she is exhausted. This story of hardship on the turn-of-the-century Indiana prairie, in the tradition of Wilder's Little House books, is peopled by hale and hearty farmers (like the gruff, loving Opa) and a young girl with an indomitable spirit. While Callie's feelings about her father's moral slipperiness go unresolved, readers will hope to encounter this young pioneer again. A glossary of German words and phrases used by the family is included. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1991
ISBN: 0-8234-0903-1
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1991