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Prairie Evers

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  945 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
A sweet, spirited ten-year-old embarks upon the adventure of first friendship in this sparkling debut

Prairie Evers is finding that socialization isn't all it's cracked up to be. She's been homeschooled by her granny and has learned the most from traipsing through nature. But now she has to attend public school, and feels just like her chickens--cooped up and subject to th
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Nov 06, 2012 JeNeal rated it it was amazing
This book doesn't tell a story so much as it tells feelings. The best skills that the author uses are in expressing thoughts and emotions and a sense of feelings for each of the characters. This enabled the story to have personalities that were alive with the sense of wonder, or uncertainty or confidence or whatever feelings were called for because of the circumstances. Amazing that this can be done with all the generations in the story. Grammy is such a wonderful characterization and is the piv ...more
Sep 06, 2012 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-fiction
I didn't want to read this. I mean, chickens? Really? No, thanks. But I decided to give it a few pages, and before I knew it, I was a good 50 pages into the story. Prairie sucked me right in. Turns out, chickens aren't so bad (as long as I just get to eat them and their tasty by-products, not actually be in the same general area as live ones).

Prairie Evers' world is changing too quickly. First she is dragged away from her North Carolina home to live in the hills of upstate New York. Fine. She d
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Hannah Richardson
Sep 01, 2015 Hannah Richardson rated it liked it
This book was really good! It was about Prairie Evers having to go to school when she's been home schooled her whole life. She thought it was going to be the worst but then she met Ivy and they became inseparable. Ivy was going to have to move with her mom and her new husband George. Neither of them really like Ivy. Prairie's mom convinced Ivy's mom to let Ivy stay with them. They had so much fun everyday! Them Prairie's Grammy came back. It was a happy ending!
Rondi Olson
Oct 30, 2015 Rondi Olson rated it it was amazing
I think I would have really enjoyed this book when I was in the 3rd or 4th grade. As an adult I found it a little slow, and there isn't much of a plot, but the author does do a great job of bringing the story around. I actually found Ivy, the secondary character, more intriguing then Prairie. I guess this is good news as the author has a second book featuring Ivy, which I will be sure to read.

One complaint I have is the letters written between Prairie and her grandmother. Maybe it's these aging
Brenda Kahn
Quirky, independent main character? Check. Unusual first name? Check. Okay, let's see how many issues mc has to deal with recent move from North Carolina to upstate New York, beloved grandmother about to move back south, about to attend school for the first time, no friends, newly found friend in fellow outcast, new friend has a secret. I liked, but did not love or connect emotionally with this story. There were moments of lovely writing, Prairie was spunky. The chapters were short, and had cute ...more
Diane Robinson
Apr 26, 2014 Diane Robinson rated it it was amazing
I've only read two of the William Allen White nominees for 2015-- but I know I could vote right now. Hands down the best middle-grade book I've read since I was a kid. And the main character raises chickens!!! What more could a reader want?!
May 06, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it
Prairie Evers is one of those books that had me at hello. I really felt an almost instant connection with Prairie, the main character. I not only enjoyed spending time with her, I genuinely enjoyed spending time with her family: her parents, her great-grandmother, her best friend whom she considers A SISTER.

The book is definitely a coming-of-age story set in New York. (Though not in an urban setting. This is very small town, a bit rural. Her parents are giving farming a try. And Prairie is supe
Jovvi  Jo
Jan 12, 2016 Jovvi Jo rated it it was amazing
Well now, I've read this book twice and it did the unthinkable!
After 15 years of being my favourite book, Wise Child - monica furlong, finally slipped to number two!
Trust me I was as shocked as you are!
Both books just smooth my feathers but I must admit Prairie Evers has just that much extra... something awesome!

Cause Prairie is just fun!
She has her ups and downs, but she feels like a real person who takes them on the chin and still tries to make the best of it.
She thinks! Oh my gosh and golly s
ACS Book-finder
May 22, 2014 ACS Book-finder rated it really liked it
Highpoints of the story:

Moves to New York from North Carolina with Dad, Mom, and Grandma
Was homeschooled and then put in public school
Makes friends with Ivy Blake
Ivy's Mom has new boyfriend, George
Her Mom hits her

Prairie Evers is a book about a young lady names Prarie and her family. Prairie's family - Mom, Dad, and Grammy - lived in New York. Grammy homeschooled Prairie all of her life. Then one night while they were playing Monopoly, Grammy told Prairie that she was moving back to North C
Apr 29, 2014 M. rated it liked it
Nice story, well presented, with some twists that may be surprising to a young reader.

Prairie Evers' parents have uprooted her and moved her and her grandmother from an isolated area of North Carolina to a family farm in a small, rural community in New York State. Prairie didn't want to go and doesn't want to be there. When her grandmother decides to go back to North Carolina, Prairie, who has always been home schooled, is sent to school. Prairie has always set her own schedule, wandering throug
Mar 22, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
"'This was my room, you know," she [mother] said after a while. 'I always liked that window that looks east'"(8).
"I sighed, but I liked knowing Mama and I felt the same about that window. The first thing I did every day back at home was look outside. I'd check on the weather and see the tangle of honeysuckle scrambling up the barn wall, the dark, quiet clump of rhododendron standing by the well house, the slender branches of the redbud tree etched against the mountainside. Here the view was di
Jan 29, 2014 Stacie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Prairie Evers warms your heart and makes you smile. It is an inspiring story of love, friendship, letting go, and discovering yourself.

Prairie recently moved to New Paltz, New York with her mother, father, and grandmother. Prairie hasn't adjusted to her new home yet, but at least she has her grandmother with whom she shares a special bond. That is until her grandmother declares New Paltz is not for her and she is heading back to North Carolina. Prairie's world is turned upside down. Now, she mus
Steffaney Smith
Jan 31, 2013 Steffaney Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Here it is, my favorite book of 2012! The chicken tie-in (pecking order!) is too cute! Great conversation and characterization. Prairie learns what being a true friend is all about, also something she needs as she tackles public school after being homeschooled for so many yearsP. Good read-aloud for grades 4 and up.
Aug 11, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: ssyra-2016
Honestly, I didn't think I was going to like this book, but it turned out to be a good middle-grades story and I actually enjoyed it. Prairie Evers is a middle school student who has been homeschooled by her grandmother, but everything changes when the family moves from North Carolina to New Paltz, New York to run a farm that Prairie's mother inherited. When her grandmother decides to move back to NC, Prairie is faced with going to school for the first time. Navigating the waters of middle schoo ...more
Mrs. Lassen's Class
Jun 09, 2015 Mrs. Lassen's Class rated it it was amazing
Prairie Evers was home schooled a lot until she had to go to a real school. She did not want to go to a new school but her parents made her. Prairie did not like her new school. The bus and school where too loud. Then she met a girl named Ivy, and they became best friends. Later Ivy told Prairie a story about how Ivy’s mom and dad got in a fight and how Ivy’s mom killed Ivy’s dad. Then Ivy’s mom met a guy named George. George does not like kids. Later Ivy gets to live with Prairie for the rest ...more
Wendy Chaulk
Sep 13, 2014 Wendy Chaulk rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book! It is a quick read that is meant for middle-grade students, but I think most people will enjoy it. Prairie moved north from North Carolina with her parents and grandmother. She had never been to school because her grandmother taught her at home. Well, Grammy decided to go back to North Carolina and Prairie had to go to school. She was not happy, but in the end, she made her first friend. Ivy has a rough life but together with Prairie, they enjoy chickens, coyotes, r ...more
Sherry Schwabacher
First-person story-telling can be so difficult. You have to find the voice of your character and not lose it in the ins and outs of plot and dialog. Ellen Airgood has created a character that has her own, true voice. I loved Prairie Evers, a bright little girl who has to weather many changes in her life - a new home far from the mountains of North Carolina, no longer having her Grammy teach her at home, going to a school for the first time. But at school she meets her first best friend, Ivy, who ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Beccie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book about an ordinary, everyday girl who is going through some changes in her life. I love how it starts and ends with the same sentence, it brings the book full circle in the life of Prairie. Prairie is a very likeable character with a loving family and a kind heart. However, she is never saccharine. One of my favorite things about her is at the end when a character moves into her home, she struggles a little bit with jealousy and possessiveness. She has to work to understand ot ...more
Sep 27, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sweet girls in 4th and 5th grades.
This is a sweet story with a very engaging female protagonist, Prairie. It portrays a friendship between 2 well-rounded girls, very different in some ways, but both of whom need a friend which they find in each other. It's an interesting contrast between a preteen girl with a warm, loving family and one with a dysfunctional family. It's a wonderful book for girls who love a good story with conflict, but aren't ready to take on TOO much trauma. I read this book after its sequel, The Education of ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Tanja rated it really liked it
Getting to know Prairie Evers reminded me so much of meeting (i.e. reading) Ida B. (By Katherine Hannigan) for the first time. It's this beautiful feeling when you connect to the main character of a story, because she/he feels so real, because she/he is so special and so unique. Prairie Evers is one of those special characters. Homeschooled so far by her grandmother and used to the outdoors, she has a hard time being confined indoors at school, surrounded by children who seem so different from h ...more
Ginny Daniels
May 30, 2015 Ginny Daniels rated it liked it
Pretty good story. It helps that I'm from the south. I was expecting more terrible things in the plot, so for the most part, it was light-hearted. The main character, Prairie, was more mature than most fifth graders I know, but that just made her character unique. I also enjoyed the different names, such as Ivy and Patience. Made me think of Deborah Wiles' "Each Little Bird That Sings", though I will be honest and say that I more enjoyed Wiles' book than Airgood's. Maybe reading more by Airgood ...more
Jul 15, 2015 April rated it liked it
cute and short - liked the concept of the main character not being the one with life crisis. I did find Prairie's parents to be a bit indulgent. They didn't seem to have any backbone which made me like them less.

Prairie is home schooled until 5th grade. Ms. Airgood did a great job of showing how alien the school day can be for a child who suddenly dropped into that situation. Having taught a couple of students who were home schooled until 6th grade, it really is a culture shock for them.

Cute sto
Jan 06, 2016 Tracy rated it really liked it
What a bunch of fun! My first impression made me wonder if the setting for this book was headed towards the dust bowl. Imagine my surprise when the book mentioned a computer and the internet! It's a peek into rural America via a coming of age story. The young girl, Prairie, experiences many changes in a short time. She's clever, a self-starter, and has a long list of admirable traits. The author does an admirable job of making her fantastic and real at the same time. I hope my 10-year-old likes ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing
"I wanted those chickens something fierce, for Grammy's leaving had put a big hole in my world."

Prairie Evers' world is changing drastically. First, her beloved Grammy has decided to return to North Carolina. As Prairie deals with this change by hiding out in the chicken coop, it suddenly dawns on her that it would be nice to have something living in that little house. "The minute I thought of it, I knew it was right. I could see the flock of hens bustling around the yard, cheering me up." Prair
A story that details a year of big changes for a girl named Prairie. Moving from North Carolina to New York is a big change, and saying a temporary goodbye to her constant companion, her grandmother, is a heartbreaking change. Starting school is another huge change, especially for a girl who's been homeschooled her entire life. Adjusting to all of the changes is hard, but with supportive parents and a best friend Prairie settles into a new normal. When her friend trusts her with a big secret, Pr ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Pat rated it really liked it
Bias alert - I know the author and have visited her diner many times. I reading Prairie Evers I feel that I now know her as a young girl as well. I really enjoyed the book. I feel that it presented a good story line as well as characters, problems and dilemmas suitable for the age group for which the book was written. Difficult to really see through the eyes of a pre-teen in my 60's, but I feel I would have enjoyed this book as a youngster. My criticisms are twofold. First, the book might have h ...more
When her parents move from the South to the North to live off the land her mother has inherited, ten-year-old Prairie Evers isn't particularly thrilled. But things get even worse once her grandmother leaves to go back home and her mother takes a job that leaves her with no time to continue to homeschool Prairie. Prairie hates school from the beginning and would prefer to spend her days with the chickens she is raising on the farm. She cannot stand the loud yellow bus that picks her up every morn ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Virginia rated it really liked it
When Prairie Evers' grandparents die unexpectedly in a car accident, her family decides to move to New York State to live in the home they've inherited where her mother grew up. This move means lots of changes for Prairie who, until this point in her life, has lived with her parents and father's mother, "Grammy", growing up in the mountains of North Carolina. Prairie has never gone to a school- her Grammy has always taught her; she's never used a computer, traveled much, or hd a best friend her ...more
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