New York : Margaret K. McElderry
IL 3-6, RL 7.0
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much use for a cripple on a farm.” With these cruel words, 12-year-old
Will’s father confirms what he already knows…the door on his cherished
plans to devote his life to farming has been closed forever, owing to the
awful accident that cost him his leg. To get a change of scenery, he and
his younger sister Cassie decide to winter in Wiscasset with their older
sister and her family. While there, Will is fitted with an artificial leg,
and as he rests from his struggles to master walking on it, he discovers
his talent for woodcarving. At the same time, Cassie learns that even in
1820, there are some career opportunities other than homemaking that a
young woman can pursue. Each chapter begins with a short excerpt
from Cassie’s diary, which helps give immediacy and atmosphere to this
exceptionally well-written historical novel. (New
Hampshire Great Stone Face committee, 2005-2006)
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
People with disabilities -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Maine -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
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