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Eva of the Farm

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
A girl’s struggle to save her family’s farm, told in verse, stands as a testament to the power of hope.

Twelve-year-old Eva DeHart knows her family’s farm is the best, most magical place in the whole world. The Farm has apple trees and sun daisies and a creek. The Farm has frightening things too—like cougars, bears, and a dead tree that Eva calls the Demon Snag. And everyth
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published July 10th 2012)
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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
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 tha ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Shelley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
I think Eva will touch many hearts.
Sep 08, 2013 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Penny Peck
Jun 13, 2013 Penny Peck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 04, 2014 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Sharon Lawler
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.
Rebecca Gomez
Jul 27, 2013 Rebecca Gomez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
I normally find books in verse a struggle but this flowed so beautifully and the poems were wonderful and so visual.
Apr 05, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a jewel! This book dazzles and shines with imagination and hope. Read it!
Jul 25, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely look at family farms, and the challenges (and blessings) of keeping one.
Mary Lee
Art and poetry save the day/farm.

Summer #bookaday 5
May 25, 2013 Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this character. :)
Oct 30, 2012 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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