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Margaret (Sunfire #27)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  193 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Her new life as a prairie schoolteacher means hardship -- and love. Teaching in a one-room prairie schoolhouse in Nebraska in 1886 means more than giving lessons to 32 very different students. For 15-year-old Margaret, who has left Chicago to start a new life, it also means learning to survive savage blizzards, a deadly plague, and awful loneliness. Then she meets Gerald, ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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The very young Margaret Evans leaves Chicago to teach school in a small Nebraska town. Her idealistic dreams are shattered by a classroom of unruly monsters, a miserly school board president, and the harshness of prairie life. Further complicating things are her feelings for her eldest student, illiterate farmboy Robert Clark. She knows she should be more impressed with city boy/schoolteacher Gerald Moore, but his fancy ways with foreign candy and going to the opera just aren't handsomely rugged ...more
Aug 06, 2008 Edallia rated it it was amazing
(See my review of Amanda for my general impressions of this series.)

I am now officially questioning the sense and worth of my 12-year-old self. (This is not the first time I have done so, actually.) As much as I loved the Sunfires as a kid, it turns out that I had never even read several of the best volumes in the series, such as this one. Margaret held my attention so well that I actually read it in about four hours, give or take some very unwelcome interruptions.

Margaret Evans leaves Chicago
Anne Osterlund
Sep 12, 2012 Anne Osterlund rated it it was amazing
Margaret yearns for adventure. In 1886, that means teaching school on the Nebraska prairie.

But fifteen years, a privileged upbringing in Chicago, and a stubborn streak don’t stretch far when you’re up against a Nebraska blizzard. Or an entire classroom of students who claim to be named John. Or a head of the school board who derides Margaret’s every effort to win the hearts of her students.

Or Robert Clark--18-years-old, illiterate, and enrolled in Margaret’s classroom.

Something--she’s quite cert
Oct 26, 2010 Tijona rated it liked it
Shelves: sunfire-romances
I really enjoyed the writing in this book. I also really enjoyed Margaret's character, she is strong and feminist for her time and I liked it! The character Mary, on the other hand, drives me absolutely crazy!! I can understand a widow wanting to get married so she would have someone to help take care of her and her children, but she is such a wimp and it gets really annoying. Not that I don't get annoyed at Margaret being blind to the fact that a certain man was in love with her, but I can't ge ...more
Mar 11, 2013 Mandee rated it really liked it
I enjoyed that she was only 16 years old and yet decided to travel away from all that she has ever known in order to teach a school. She had difficultys along the way including the loss of several students. She had many thoughts regarding the 2 "men" that came into her life and decided what was best for her. I think that based on the fact that she was so young, even though back then she was considered an adult, that she was very brave and very conscious of what she wanted and how to achieve that ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Shelly rated it liked it
Reading the old Sunfires this summer. This is not one I read as a kid. Historically and setting wise, this was interesting. The characters will a bit hard to take at times. Margaret was strong, but ignoring students did not sit well with me no matter what you think of their motives, probably the educator in me rearing her head. Her love interests said some irritating things at times, too.
Mar 05, 2013 Katie rated it liked it
This was okay, but it was basically a simpler version of Christy. Christy is a long book and this is a very short one and it didn't have time to really explore everything fully. Or much of anything, really. But it was enjoyable enough.
May 04, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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Sep 05, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it
Waxing Nostalgic #4- This book is about Margaret who travels to the wilds of Nebraska to be a one room school teacher. She is independent and strong willed, brave, and determined. She finds love in an unlikely place and learns to love the people she serves.
Jan 05, 2014 Joelle rated it did not like it
The one star is for it being a book. That's the best I can say for this "story,": It's a book.
Nov 22, 2016 Erin rated it it was ok
Serious business. These books are so fabulous. While in previous Sunfire books, our heroine must choose between a ne'er-do-well and a respectable goody-two-shoes, Maggie here has to choose between a prodigy farmer and an opera-going chauvinist. I'm not going to spoil it for you.

Gotta say, this one is a little shorter than some of the others. Jane could have milked the prairie fire for at least 25 more pages. Oh, and the summer spent at Antioch College could have definitely used another love inte
Angela Joyce
Jul 19, 2012 Angela Joyce rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I have a fondness for this book not only because it's a sweet story of a strong girl, but because my grandfather gave it to me. He had randomly met the author and told her about me; she signed it with kind encouragement that I've never forgotten. So yes, I've got a bias, but it really is a good book!
Sep 08, 2015 Meghan rated it liked it
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