Kate of Still Waters

Martha Bennett Stiles, Author, Norman Stiles, Author Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing $14.95 (232p) ISBN 978-0-02-788395-4
Thirteen-year-old Kate Chidden recounts the joys and hardships of farm life. When she assists in the birthing of new lambs or studies constellations which shine above their fields, Kate loves living on the farm. But when the cows are stricken with the bloat and Kate must stab them to save their lives, and when wild dogs ravage their sheep, the girl wonders if she has the courage and endurance to run a farm on her own. After a drought overtakes Kentucky and all the farmers are faced with difficult times, Kate's family struggles to hold onto their farm and their love for each other. Although Stiles's depiction of farm life is stirring, the first half of her book is marred by sudden shifts in time sequence, choppy narration and awkward phrasing. The second half, however, reads smoothly and consistently. Authentic details and rich descriptions will engage the reader. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
Hardcover - 978-0-517-13329-3
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