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Everything in thirteen-year-old Tim McGrew’s life stinks. It was bad enough his dad left, but even worse, he must move to his grandparent’s remote ranch on Nowhere Mountain, leave his friends and school behind, and give up playing baseball. But now Grandpa is dead and Grandma adopts a wild burro, expecting him to train the long-eared donkey with a noisy bray.


First published September 1, 2012

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Wanda Snow Porter

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Wanda Snow Porter grew up on a small farm roaming the hills and riding horses along the California Coast. Her love of animals, experience as a riding teacher and horse trainer, and her passion for history led her to write for young people.
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September 18, 2020
An inspirational book for young adults about family life changes and the unexpected beneficial possibilities lying ahead.
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Author 17 books453 followers
December 1, 2012
Take a boy, a dog, and a burro, add a broken home, a new home, and a girl with an attitude, stir, and you have a story of beginnings and endings, friendships and heartaches.

In Author Wanda Snow Porter‘s novel, REMEDY, for MG/Tween readers, thirteen-year-old Tim McGrew, his mother, and his two older sisters go to live with his grandmother, Geema, when his father and mother separate. Not only does Tim, a city boy and his city dog have to leave the home he’s lived in his whole life for a ranch in the middle of nowhere, he won’t be able to play baseball and to top that off, his mom says he’ll be home schooled. Tim reacts to the situation like most boys his age would. He’s confused; he‘s angry; he‘s sad. Although he loves Geema, he wants his old life back and has hopes that his mom and dad will get back together. To make matters worse, Geema adopts a wild burro and expects Tim to tame her. His dog, Tiny, runs away and Tim is afraid something bad has happened to him. What else can go wrong in Tim’s life?

REMEDY is a story of family and love. It’s also a story of understanding and acceptance. One thing that adds to the enjoyment of the story, for me anyway, is seeing the story from the point of view of Remedy, the burro. The author shows the reader Remedy’s fears at her new home through the eyes and thoughts of the burro. I’ve never been around burros, but through Wanda Snow Porter’s descriptions and clever ways of sharing Remedy’s thoughts with the reader, I find them, Remedy at least, to be fascinating animals. This book would make a great addition to school libraries and classrooms to help students deal with their own situations in life, perhaps, and also to introduce them to methods of training a burro to ride and pull a cart. I wouldn’t be surprised if young readers discovered they like burros, too.


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February 22, 2013
Tim McGraw, or Tim-Tom to his Grandma, believes his world has just fallen apart. His mom and dad have split, and he, his mom and his two sisters go to live with his grandma on her farm. Tim has to leave everything he loves behind, well except for his little dog, Tiny.

What's a thirteen-year-old boy to do? Well one thing is to show some attitude for folks who dare to make life-altering decisions without taking his feeling into account.

Grandma's place just won't do for him. He has to get his folks back together, but how?

There's nothing for him to do at his new home...if he wants to play his beloved baseball, he'll have to play on a team with girls.

He'd always loved visiting the farm, but that was when his grandpa was alive, now Tim's awash in females, and not a one understands him.

Enter Remedy, a scared little burro, taken away from her family and the only world she's known.

Tim-Tom is given the challenge to train her. Everything does not go well, for both burro and boy have some hard lessons to learn.

This is a wonderful book. It's a fun short read. I finished it in two hours. Perfect for pre-teens, it has a lot to offer adults as well. I really enjoyed reading the sections in the burro's point of view.   

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