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SEPTEMBER 9, 2008
When the Sergeant Came Marching Home by Don Lemna
At times you'll probably laugh aloud as you read this humorous novel set on a Montana farm in the mid-1940's.  Ten-year-old Donald welcomes his father's homecoming from World War II until he transplants the family to a hard-scrabble farm notable only because of what it lacks - that is, running water, electricity, and indoor plumbing.  Although his younger brother Pat readily adapts to their rural life, Donald immediately begins hoarding coins so that he can make his escape - he plans to head for Hollywood.  In the meantime "adventures" abound - Donald and Pat build a rickety tree house; they are adopted by a stray mutt; he faces bullies on his first day at his one room school.  Yet ever so gradually he finds things to like about his new life - playing hockey throughout the winter, milking the family's cow, getting to know his beautiful and capable young teacher.  Growth and understanding of his father and his goals for the family slowly and believably dawn.  Because each chapter could be a stand-alone short story, this would be an excellent choice for a classroom read-aloud.  Will also be quickly read with much enjoyment by those in grades 3 - 7.

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Nodl said, on Oct. 15 at 11:39AM
Wonderful story for kids and adults alike.

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