Red Sky at Morning

Andrea Wyman, Author Holiday House $15.95 (230p) ISBN 978-0-8234-0903-7
On an Indiana farm in 1909, Callie Common's life is worn threadbare by hardship and strengthened by endurance. Her mother dies an untimely death during childbirth and Callie finds suggestions of her father's betrayal in a letter. Her pain is intensified by the strain of a forced separation from her older sister, the cruelty of her Aunt Mary, a diphtheria epidemic that claims close friends and her beloved grandfather's nearly fatal heart attack. Though young readers may be discouraged at this deluge of tragedy, more telling are the many powerful images that will linger in their minds--the way Callie's German grandfather twists the English language and softens the harsh daily routine with humor; the sweetness and strength of community in working the fields; the innocent yet exciting romance of a laconic blacksmith and an aspiring teacher. Wyman has so well integrated the historic details of time and place that they seep into the nooks and crannies of her story. The ending is full and on target, and it opens toward the future, suggesting a sequel or series for this talented writer. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 176 pages - 978-0-380-72877-0
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