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Eva of the Farm

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Twelve-year-old Eva is trying to remain hopeful as banks threaten to foreclose on Acadia Orchard, the apple and pear farm in Washington state that’s been in Eva’s family for generations. Acadia Orchard is long on lovely but short on cash and luck—and things go from bad to worse as one of the fruit crops is ruined, Eva’s parents start bickering, and her baby brother gets ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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I spent most of my childhood riding my bike in the suburbs around Seattle. There was a hill I could speed down, a blackberry maze I could pretend to get lost in, a witch’s house, and a speed bump that was perfect for popping wheelies. When I was eight, though, we had to move to a farm in Oregon, and, for many reasons, it was a watershed moment in my life. It wasn’t until years later, when we had to move again, that I could finally appreciate the beauty of the Oregon farm and the jagged, friendly ...more
Dec 01, 2012 Wendy rated it liked it
This one grew on me slowly. I never loved every part of it, but there were aspects that I loved. The setting is nicely realized, and eventually I came to appreciate the way the poems work into the main story. There several poems I couldn't buy for a moment as being written by a 12-year-old. The friendship between Eva and the Bead Woman is a little messy and strange; not necessarily a bad thing, but as an adult I found the Bead Woman kind of sad, overly dependent on a child, and I don't think ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: youth
Book in verse about a 10 year old who loves the farm she's raised on, but tough economic times, the death of her grandmother and illness of her brother conspire to take the farm away. That sounds a little bleaker than it is - it's filled with hope and courage and imagination - but it was definitely rather dark.

Also, does anyone else find themselves skimming over text in italics? Two books in a row employed that technique, either for fantasies or poems, and I can barely ever make myself concentr
Sep 24, 2012 Kris rated it it was amazing
Recommended for gr. 5-10. This is a heartwarming novel written in verse, as told by Eva, a young poet. Eva loves her life on the farm and often writes poems about things she sees and thinks. Her idyllic life changes when her family receives a piece of mail marked FORECLOSURE. In an effort to help the family, she decides to sell some of her poems, and meets an unlikely friend at the farmers market. The story is about hope, imagination and conquering fears.
Colby Sharp
Jun 18, 2012 Colby Sharp rated it really liked it
I think Eva will touch many hearts.
Sep 08, 2013 Terri rated it really liked it
Twelve-year-old Eva loves life on the farm in eastern Washington and can't imagine living anywhere else. She is a gifted poet but is too shy to share her writing with the world (a la Emily Dickinson). When the bank threatens to foreclose, she decides she to share her work if it will help save the farm. There is no happy ever after, but Eva's tale is realistic and filled with hope.

If I could have given three and a half stars, I would have, but it's better than a mere three. I liked the poems in t
Apr 28, 2016 Taylor rated it it was amazing
I love the writing style of this book which made it easy read and fast page turner. The author used very descriptive, elegant words through out this book and I love how the poems that the character makes were shown for the reader to look at. I felt deep emotions like anger and sadness from loss and decisions that other characters made in the book. The main character explored many of these emotions throughout the story from what may have been the end of her farm, friendship, and family. I'd ...more
Penny Peck
Jun 13, 2013 Penny Peck rated it liked it
Shelves: children-ya
Told in free verse, this poetic novel concerns Eva, a 12-year-old girl who lives on an apple/pear farm in eastern Washington. Financial setbacks mean the family may lose the farm, which has been in Eva's mother's family for generations. Eva is a little too uninformed for her age, with such little knowledge of things like Facebook or Twitter, or pop culture in general, you would think she lived "off the grid," but that is not the case. Also, Eva's poems, which are set off in italics in the text, ...more
May 21, 2016 Tova rated it really liked it
This book is very fast paced, as it written in verse. It was well written and enjoyable.
I also went to a young writers workshop with the author at my local bookstore and got my copy signed and she's really sweet. This story to boot is set in the Methow Valley which is where I'm from.
Rebecca Gomez
Jul 27, 2013 Rebecca Gomez rated it really liked it
Shelves: verse-novels
A moving story about a young girl who is determined to save her family's farm. The girl, Eva, is completely believable as a daughter, a sister, a poet. The verse drew me in and tugged on my heart strings.
Sandy D.
Wonderful novel in free verse (aimed at 9-12 y.o. girls), about a young girl whose family may lose the family's orchard in eastern WA state. Poetry, foreclosure, nature, sibling relationships, friends who move away and change....this book has it all.
May 04, 2014 Jenn rated it it was ok
I very much wanted to love this book. The poetry and the idea of the story of a family struggling to save their farm appealed to me so much. Alas, I never really connected to the main characters and the pace was very slow for me.
Sharon Lawler
Aug 31, 2014 Sharon Lawler rated it really liked it
Story in verse, set in contemporary Washington state, about a family in both emotional and financial crisis. The plot keeps you reading, but the language and imagery stay with you long after you've finished.
Aug 17, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it
I normally find books in verse a struggle but this flowed so beautifully and the poems were wonderful and so visual.
Ms. Yingling
I was one of those young girls who wanted to write, and even I didn't want to read about Eva, especially since the book was in verse.
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Aug 04, 2016 Debby Zigenis-Lowery rated it really liked it
An enjoyable story about a girl, a farm, and her family, and how poetry enriches her life.
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Apr 05, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
What a jewel! This book dazzles and shines with imagination and hope. Read it!
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May 25, 2013 Bailey rated it really liked it
Love this character. :)
Oct 30, 2012 PWRL marked it as to-read
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Author, essayist, and poet Dia Calhoun won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature for her novel Aria of the Sea. Three of her eight novels are American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Calhoun’s contemporary novel Eva of the Farm was a Hornbook Magazine Best Verse Novel. Reviewing Calhoun’s most recent book, After the River the Sun School Library Journal ...more
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