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Calico Bush by Rachel Field
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May 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: to-read, early-america
Read in May, 2011

This is really for an older audience -- 6th grade or above. There is a scene where the main character (a girl of about 12 or 13) stumbles upon a place where people have been killed (burned, supposedly by Indians) and she finds a lock of a child's hair attached to a piece of scalp and a buckle from a child's shoe. There is also a scene where a baby dies after her clothes catch fire because she's gotten too close to the hearth. It is a well-written book, though, and true to the time.
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Marissa Jensen I somewhat disagree. I read this book in 4th grade and loved it. When I re-read it in 8th grade it didn't hold the same magic it had when I was younger. I think parents should make the call on if their child would be able to handle the touchier scenes that you mentioned. While I felt moved rather than disturbed by those chapters I do know friends who would have reacted much worse had they read it at nine or ten years old.

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Robin Ahearn I also read this book in 4th grade. It was a gift from my teacher. So I was 9. I do believe the book was designed for an older audience though.

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