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Prairie Evers

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  642 ratings  ·  136 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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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
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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
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
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?!
ACS Book-finder
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
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
"'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
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
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.
Mrs. Lassen's Class
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Cover Love:
Yes. I think this is a darling cover!

Why I Wanted to Read This:
This book came out last spring and I heard a lot about it around the time it came out. But I was reading other things back then. I put it on my library order, though, and it came in this fall. Recently I just happened to pick it up and go sucked right into the story!

Romance?: No, but a super sweet best friendship evolves!

My Thoughts:
This book moved very quickly. It was an easy read and you will tot
Jan Kellis
I bought this book from Ellen Airgood at an author reading/signing event in De Tour Village, Michigan. It's a young adult genre book, but it's really a book for all readers.

Prairie Evers has just moved to New Platz, New York, with her parents, from North Carolina. Until now, she has been home-schooled by her Grammy, who is staying in North Carolina. Prairie is lonely and struggling with the sudden changes in her life and starts raising chickens to keep her mind occupied, when her parents tell h
Kim Patton
Prairie's family is moving from their home in rural North Carolina to a farm in New York. But when Prairie's grandma decides the move isn't for her, Prairie is forced to go to public school since her grandma has been her homeschool teacher for her whole life. Prairie has trouble fitting in and doesn't like her new home, but finally finds a friend in Ivy. The girls learn about the problems each must deal with and learn the value of friendship.
This book is up for the William Allen White award. However, I don't it will be a winner though it is a decent story. Prairie has to move from her mountain home to New York State. And for the first time she has to go to school. Prairie is a very independent and strong will girl. Finding her place in a strange town, and learning to make friends is anything but easy. Decent read aimed at upper elementary students.
Judy Desetti
Jun 10, 2014 Judy Desetti rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Judy by: WAW nomination list 2014; gr 3-5
Shelves: waw-gr-3-5
Adorable!! I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to promote it. Wonderful feel good story of a girl who moves from the rural areas of North Carolina to Upper New York to the farm where her mom grew up. Prairie is very attached to her grandmother but when Grammy leaves and moves home to NC, Prairie decides to get chickens. She learns to raise them and sell the eggs. She must also learn to go to public school instead of being home schooled. There she meets a friend, Ivy. An account of one year ...more
Great book. Kids, like Prairie, who achieve extraordinary things in very ordinary ways are just the kind of heroes we need! The characters seem true to life, as does Prairie's homeschool/school experience. The chickens fit in with the story and the ending is great- not "happily ever after" (which doesn't always happen in real life), but "right now, pretty good" (which, with a little optimism, is a great way to end each day!)
LG Buschmann
Home schooled Prairie Evers is about fourth grade when her parents decide to leave the North Carolina countryside that is the only home she has ever known. Her mother has inherited the family farm in upstate New York. It is a rough transition made worse when her adored grandmother (who is also her teacher and best friend) decides the northern landscape is too cold and unfamiliar and moves back south. Only her newfound enthusiasm to raise chickens pulls her out of her lonely slump. Much to her ch ...more
Things I Liked:
I loved sweet Prairie and the way she hated change and couldn't see how things would work out, but then they did. I loved when she would say things and then how she learned not to say things. I loved watching her grow, listening to her voice, seeing her life changing in unexpected ways. This book tugged a little on my heartstrings, but even more made me feel nostalgic for my childhood. A sweet coming-of-age story of a young girl just beginning to understand life.

Things I Didn't Li
This was a really cute read for children and adults. I am wanting to read the William Allen White and Newbury Award winner books. Even as an adult it is nice to go back and read about the innocence of children. Praire is quite the kid - she isn't perfect but she has a good heart. She loves her chickens, and while I'm scared to death of birds which started with chickens it still made me smile.
This is a really sweet book about a fifth grade girl in a new place. I liked how she runs into some pretty heavy real world problems but still retains some innocence and a lot of sweetness. Her voice rang true to me too. She seemed like an actual smart girl that age, and I liked the changes and the growth we see in her as the story unfolds.
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