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Spring 2005 Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Alison Jackson
ISBN: 1-59078-309-3
Hardcover Price: $16.95
A hard to put down story about the Martins, a lucky and not so lucky family set in rain thirsty Florida in 1939. "Months of dry weather can bring out the meanness [in you] even in a 7 year old person like Little Jack." Aunt Rhetta said the boy was acting up because he never had had a mama around. His sister Pidge had known Mama. And she missed her. Unlike other families in the community they had three squares a day and clean clothes. They even had enough for shoes when the old ones wore through.

But if the rain didn't come soon --- it was a worry that nagged at the entire community. Everyone was hoping for a miracle. "Dear Lord" Big Jack, Pidge's Papa began nightly at supper with his head bowed, "We hope that you will bless us with many things. An end to the economic depression... peace over there in Europe... and give us the rain we so sorely need ..."

Sending for the highly-touted Rain Lady, Miss Millie Boze, signaled the real beginning of Pidge's story. She was at the very edge of growing up. Papa gave her the key to her mama's diary. She watched her father, Big Jack, worry over the neighbors' and the whole town's financial difficulties; she watched him looking at the pretty new church organist; she felt herself begin to see the flecks of black in Noah Blow's green eyes. She learned her mother had been mentally ill. The information surprised, even shocked the girl.

Miss Millie did arrive and then, after a few days, returned home. The town still sweltered. Finally the skies opened. Life in Frostfree, always hopeful, was refreshed.

Diana Huss Green   ©2005 Parents' Choice

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