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Dandelions by Eve Bunting
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While this is historical fiction, this book reaches beyond place and time as it captures the confusion and uncertainty faced by children whose family moves to a new place. Told from the perspective of a girl named Zoe, this story tells about a family's move to Nebraska in the 1800s. The challenge in this story is not extreme weather or land that is not arable. Instead the challenge, so beautifully portrayed, is the internal turmoil of the characters. In addition to adjusting to a new location, Zoe must navigate the feelings of her mother and father. Her mother is having a difficult time adjusting to the move, and brewing below the surface is the implication that Zoe's mother is struggling with depression. There is no easy or obvious solution to the challenges they face, only the recognition that they must support one another, and that adjusting to change takes time.

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