MAYFLOWER MAN by Jean Adair Shriver

MAYFLOWER MAN

Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Caleb Brewster, 14, has been raised by his grandmother to ignore his widowed mother and cling to his heritage, embodied by the family farm in Massachusetts, which dates back to the 1600s. When his grandmother dies, Caleb discovers that, though the contents of the farmhouse are now his, everything else must be sold to pay debts. Reluctantly living with his mother, Caleb schemes to get the farm back. In the process, he becomes acquainted with Mose, stepdaughter of the new owner, who masks her loneliness and homesickness for California with willful eccentricity. Gradually, events bring Caleb to understand people and basic truths obscured by his upbringing until finally a solution is found that satisfies the needs of both past and future. Though the resolution here is simplistic, the plot itself is original and the conclusion satisfying, while character development is unusually strong: Mose and Caleb, especially, are likable and depicted with memorable empathy. A promising first novel.~(Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-385-30295-9
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1991