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THE BERRY-PICKING MAN
New York : Farrar, Straus,
and Giroux, 2003.
IL 3-6, RL 4.9
hated being the youngest. Being the youngest meant that she had to
go with Mama whenever she picked up Old Sam. And she really hated
Old Sam. He smelled. And he was weird. Old Sam had spent
25 years in a mental hospital. No one was really sure if Old Sam
was mentally ill before he went in or if living in that place had made
him odd. At any rate, once the funding to the hospital was cut, Sam
was released and was on his own. His brother had left him quite a
bit of money but even so, Old Sam lived in a small room in town and didn't
drive. He depended on people from the church to take him places.
And it always seemed to Meggie that it was their turn. Not that she
minded getting the wonderful berries that Old Sam picked, but she couldn't
stand the smell of him and his weird ways. When Old Sam is hit by
a car, can Meggie change her feelings about this sad old man?
Empathy -- Fiction.
Old age -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Berries -- Fiction.
Christmas -- Fiction.
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