Margaret (Sunfire, #27)
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Margaret (Sunfire #27)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  153 ratings  ·  9 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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Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
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
(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...more
Anne Osterlund
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...more
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
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
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.
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.
Angela Joyce
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!
The one star is for it being a book. That's the best I can say for this "story,": It's a book.
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