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Worth (Nissa #3)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  1,043 Ratings  ·  200 Reviews
After Nathaniel's leg is crushed in an accident, his father brings home an orphan boy, John Worth, to help work the fields. Worth has come to Nebraska from New York City on the Orphan Train, which brings homeless children west to find new lives.
Nathaniel feels increasingly jealous of the boy who has taken over not only his work but the attention of his father, who has ba
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published June 1st 1998)
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Jane Pinto
Aug 23, 2016 Jane Pinto rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy named Nathaniel, who is trying to survive and find happiness after his leg is brutally injured in the storm. His family runs a farm and all the crops were destroyed due to the storm. The family also lack in business and have to take a lot of loans to pay for the crops. Things have changed ever since this incident has taken place. His dad hasn’t had any conversation with him and his mom is always depressed and mad about the death of her daughter Missy, years ago. ...more
Nathaniel and his family are homesteaders in Nebraska in the 1800s. Nathaniel breaks his leg in a freak accident and is told that he may be lucky to walk again. Because times are hard and money is tight, his father takes in an orphan boy from New York to help around the farm – John Worth. Nathaniel, once his leg begins to heal, is sent to school so that he can make something of himself. Nathaniel resents and envies the relationship that John seems to have with *his* father, but after learning ...more
Mar 03, 2010 Heidi rated it liked it
Grades 4-7
Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee
Audio Book read by Tommy Fleming
Eleven-year-old Nate and his family experience setback after setback, and end up farming in Nebraska and desperately trying to make ends meet. Life becomes even more difficult when Nate's leg is struck by lightning. To help out on the farm, Nate's father brings home John Worth from the Orphan Train. John's family, like many during that time, was killed in a tenement fire. John was treated essentially like slave labor, especia
Feb 28, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Worth tells the story of a Nebraska farm family in the second half of the 19th century. When the only son is badly injured in a farm accident, the family "adopts" a boy, Jack Worth, from one of the orphan trains that brought orphans from East Coast cities out to live with and work on farms. The story is told through the perspective of Nathaniel, the crippled son, as he deals with losing full use of his leg, being made to go to school instead of work with his father on the farm, and adjusting to ...more
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
First published on my blog, Nine Pages .

A. is a professor of mine. I was in her class when or shortly after this book was released. She read the book aloud to the class and several of us were unable to keep our eyes dry, and while I’m sure some of that is attributable to the emotion that A. as the author put into the characters through her reading, the story remains evocative without the author’s interpretation. Gabe’s is a perspective little covered in texts for any age: the struggle for Afric
Jun 09, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ncbla
The Civil War has ended, and with it slavery in the Southern states, but Gabe has no idea where his beloved mother can be. Joining other men, women, and children who are trying to reach their dreams or find family members as they walk the country roads, Gabe is sure he'll recognize her by the scarf she always wears around her neck. He follows every possible lead, but not a single one pans out. Each time he hears of a cook or a woman with his Mama's name, it's not the woman he's seeking. But then ...more
Jun 09, 2016 Jasmyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Influenza used to be one of the most dreaded diseases in the world. When Lyza's mother succumbs to the disease, it is up to Lyza, a teenage girl, to take care of her father and prevent the rest of the family from putting him in the work farm for people who are not quite there mentally. Lyza struggles to find a way to save her father, remember her deceased mother's wishes, and figure out who she really is.

The character of Lyza was fascinating. She reminded me of myself so much as a teenager. Know
Jun 09, 2016 Jade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, witty & wise, this is the fictional story of a personable young girl's transformative journey, in the world and her mind, beginning August 1869. I love how readers receive a thorough look into the narrator, Katharine Lunden's dreams and interior self. All the characters are complex individuals, which the narrator begins to understand over the course of her journey. Not only for young readers. Especially recommended to those who have a thirst for travel and an independent, ...more
Jun 09, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, net-galley
The Keening by A. LaFaye proved to be a definite worthwhile read. I received this as a net-galley and was impressed from the start, though the ending was unfortunately a little anti-climatic for me. I can easily see this written as a screen play or for the stage. There is the perfect mix of historical fiction and supernatural edge. I would suggest an edit to use the terms "Mama" and "Papa" instead of "Mater" and "Pater" which were odd and actually distracting familial endearments easily confused ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
“War’s over. Government say we free. Folks be on the move. Getting the feel for freedom. Not me. I’m looking for my mama, Rosie Lee.”

The war is over and Gabe is off to find his mother. Her slave owner sold her and now Gabe is going to find her, even if it takes months.

A beautiful story based on true incidents that took place after the Civil War.
Zinnada Hodges
Jun 09, 2016 Zinnada Hodges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: School Teachers
I thought this was a good book to read. It's dated back when the slaved were freed after the Civil War. This book helped us to see what it was like for former slaves to search for their families from a child's perspective. I hope to add this to our books for our history curriculum Tapestry of Grace: Year 3.
Since the story is told in first person, by the main character, Nathanial, the audio CD is read by a young male actor. The narrator does a great job with changing voices, not only between the young male characters, but also taking on the voices of the adults in the story. The voices are believable and it is evident that the reader is skilled at storytelling/acting.
After the Civil War, African Americans, who had been separated from family members, searched desperately for loved ones would had been sold away. This book shares the powerful story of Gabe, who is looking for his mother, Rosie Lee.
La La
This book would have been a five star rating if it hadn't been for the illustrations. The artwork is very amateurish, but the story is wonderful.
Edward Sullivan
Poignant story about a mother and son separarted by slavery reunited at the end of the Civil War. Excellent perspective on slavery for younger readers.
Debbie Graham
Jun 09, 2016 Debbie Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Important subject matter, done in such a way that children could understand this particular cruel aspect of slavery (separation of families). Great for sharing in 2nd/3rd grade class.
Mary Lee
Sweet enough story, but I'm horribly distracted and disturbed by the cockroaches crawling on the sleeping figures early on in the book.
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
The Civil War has ended, now a young boy searches for the mother he was separated from. Worthy read-aloud for 2-4th graders, the illustrations are incredible. P.K.
Jun 09, 2016 Dashka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw LaFaye read this book and was absolutely bowled over. It's gorgeous and so moving.
Jun 09, 2016 June rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, teachers and for Black History month
A moving story of a boy's search for his mother after the Civil War.
Sweet story.
A beautifully written book about a boy trying to reunite with his mother after the civil war
Jun 09, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant book from a brilliant author. This complete tale is compelling and heartwarming.
Julie Biles
Dec 04, 2016 Julie Biles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an elementary and middle school reading teacher, YA fiction has become one of my favorite genres and this historical fiction novel held my interest: I even feel I made a friend in 17 year-old Katherine Lunden, who took on the identity of Edith Shay, the name tagged on the abandoned suitcase she carried away from her Wisconsin home. Edith (Katherine has an adventuresome soul and a bright, inquisitive mind. Yes, this book would likely be inspiring for a young reader today but I must say, this ...more
Susan Santiago
Nov 09, 2016 Susan Santiago rated it really liked it
How does a plot grow in a story with a kid who can't move? Although the protag does eventually gain some mobility, this is a study for authors on using sensory details. For young readers, this story is a compelling read about overcoming adversity, family dynamic shifts, and saving the day. There are many layers to Worth.
I was able to have this book read aloud to me in an authentic African American voice on It was realistically read by a woman named Ms. Waters whose voice drew me into the little boys yearnings. As always, the "little boy" main character tugs at my heart.

Historical Fiction/Civil War/Slavery/Emancipation/Family Bonds

"This is our fourth historical fiction book and third picture book. This time lets start by looking at the writer's use of language.
Sep 28, 2016 Cherish rated it really liked it
Good book and it was a sad, truthful book
Jun 09, 2016 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
I haven't encountered many picture books that deal with the aftermath of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, especially something told from a child's point of view. Walking Home to Rosie Lee helps to fill that gap. The narrator, Gabe, tells of his search to find his mother and be reunited with her. He explains that he hasn't seen her since "Master Turner sold her away," but he still remembers how she smelled like jasmine. While others talks about their plans for their futures, he is ...more
Jun 09, 2016 LouLou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Childen's historical fiction author, A. LaFaye debuts her first picture book, Walking Home to Rosie Lee. Creatively told from the perspective of young Gabe, who after being freed at the conclusion of the Civil War, is in search of his mother. Adding to the book's charm are the illustrations done by Keith D. Shepard, who depicts the narrative perfectly, engaging readers in a truly endearing journey.

LaFaye brings exposure to a subject that is rarely discusse
Dec 02, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars

LaFaye had multiple conflicts occurring in this emotion-packed novel. First, there was a conflict between the main character and his father. There was an additional conflict between the main character and the orphan boy. Two more conflicts were the one between the main characters parents, and the one between the ranchers and farmers. The story was told in chronological order, but there were bits of flashbacks pieced into the story. The book touched on happiness, grief, ange
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