Eva of the Farm by Dia Calhoun

Eva of the Farm. By Dia Calhoun. Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2012. 256 pages. $16.99

Eva is a poet. She doesn’t just dabble in rhymes, but uses them to tell her story and to try and save her family’s farm. Set in rural Washington State, Acadia Orchard, the family farm has been hit by hard times. The family’s economic status is already precarious when Eva’s baby brother becomes ill and needs hospitalization. A counterpoint to the family’s woes is Eva’s immersion in a world of fantasy where mystical events and people serve as creative muses for Eva’s art. A beautifully written, intricately woven story that may prove a challenging read for its target market. A natural for fans of Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust. Older students will appreciate the poetic subtleties. Suitable for 5th to 8th grade.

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