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Pixie Pushes On

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A young girl learns bittersweet life lessons on the family farm after her sister gets polio, in this poignant and funny novel set in the heartland in the 1940s.

Pixie's defenses are up, and it's no wonder. She's been uprooted, the chickens seem to have it in for her, and now her beloved sister, Charlotte, has been stricken with polio and whisked away into quarantine. So it's no
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Penguin/Paulsen (first published January 2020)
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Ms. Yingling
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Pixie has moved with her father and sister Charlotte to her grandparents' farm because life is hard in 1942. Her mother has passed away, and her sister is in the hospital with polio, which has fortunately attacked her legs and not her lungs. Her neighbor, Ricky, also has difficulties in his family; his father has left, his brother is in the army, and his mother is not coping well. Pixie misses her sister and feels responsible for her illnes
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Told in the title character’s spunky voice, Pixie Pushes On is the tale of a young farm girl whose life never seems to go right. It’s the 1940’s in the heartland; Pixie’s mother recently died, and her sister, Charlotte, has been in the hospital with polio for months. The worst part—Pixie is convinced that it was her bad luck that got them sick. When a neighbor offers an infant lamb rejected by his mother, she finds a new sense of purpose in caring for him. Although Pixie’s heart breaks over and ov ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Thank you to the publisher for sending an ARC of this book to #bookportage.

I adored WALKING WITH MISS MILLIE by Tamara Bundy, so I was very excited to get an ARC of PIXIE PUSHES HOME (releases Jan 2020) to review. I was definitely not disappointed with Tamara's latest story, which is set in the 1940s and focuses on a young girl named Pixie.

Pixie's family lives on a farm with her grandparents, father, and younger sister. Her sister was recently diagnosed with polio, and Pixie is conv
Katie Reilley
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Tamara Bundy and Penguin Kids for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group!

This historical fiction set during World War Two stole my heart. Prudence (Pixie) has endured a lot at her young age. Her Momma passed on from sickness, so she, her sister Charlotte and her Daddy moved to her grandparents’ farm. There, Charlotte is stricken with polio and must be sent to a hospital, and Pixie believes it’s all her fault.

Not only is she coping with that, but her neighbor Rotten
Erin Varley
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five big stars for Pixie and all she learns from life.
Beth Jones
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This was such a sweet middle grade book I sped through in a couple of sittings. I was grabbed by the premise, the gorgeous cover and the idea of having a book set on a farm in the 1940’s. It was such a cute read and I loved Pixie. She made me chuckle with her way of addressing her peers, calling them names and standing up for herself. She seemed like a plucky girl who is in the process of learning a lot about life, family and friends.

The cast of characters was broad and interesting t
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tamara Bundy’s Pixie Pushes On is a refreshing upper elementary/middle grades narrative. While many new novels focus on present-day characters and present-day problems, Bundy’s narrative takes readers back to a seemingly simpler time. Yet, as Pixie’s story proves, times were far from simple during WWII. Perhaps by comparison day-to-day routines were simpler decades ago, but Bundy demonstrates the whole of a person’s life is always complex, regardless of time or place. Bundy’s characters shine in ...more
Ilse O'Brien
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic new MG novel that hits all the right notes, with a pitch-perfect narrative voice. I love Pixie (and the grownups are great characters, too.) I read it in one day.
Laurie Hnatiuk
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Thank you to the publisher for sending an ARC of this book to #bookportage.

Every once and a while you are lucky to hear the character’s voice and personality right from the opening sentence and a special adventure begins. This was the case for Tamara Bundy’s Pixie Pushes On for me. I simply did not want it to end.

Pixie lives on her grandparent’s farm with her dad and her sister Charlotte since her mom passed away. It’s the early forties and times are tough and when her si
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE the characters that Tamara Bundy creates! Prudence (Pixie, which I loved - my first childhood pet was named Pixie) is flawed for sure -she is stubborn, angry, sad, and sometimes mean. The story opens on one of her worst moments, for sure - but oh how I love this girl! She is relatable and real, and I have seen so many kids in my classes just like her - lashing out at the world, feeling hurt, feeling alone. Fortunately, Pixie has a wise Grandaddy, a tough-loving Grandma, and discovers some ...more
Kristin Crouch
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Tamara Bundy and Nancy Paulsen for sharing an ARC with Collabookation.
Pixie Pushes On is the story of a young girl figuring out that she has to push on, even though her life has it's share of challenges. Pixie's mother passed away, and now her sister is hospitalized with polio, which Pixie is sure is all her fault.
What I love about this book:
The polio discussion. So many of my students have no idea what polio is, and they are fascinated when we discuss the disease, it's impa
Lorie Barber
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was REALLY interesting to read Pixie’s story on the heels of another historical fiction during WWII (Gratz’s Allies.) To see the effects of war at home was particularly poignant and the perspective was jarring in the best way.

Pixie, like Miss Millie, is another Bundy character I’ll love for a long time. The honesty with which she looks at the world (and herself) is touching and sweet, especially given how much she’s lost. The connections she makes are great for kid readers to see and learn t
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a heartwarming story of seeing more than before, making peace with hardships, and, well, pushing on. Pixie’s world reminds me of my grandparents (who were Miss Beany and Bill’s generation) and the expressions feel like home. This trio of friends reminds me of Ally, Albert and Keisha from Fish in a Tree. This is a story of family and friendship, of growing up with its many challenges. Nancy Paulsen’s authors always share a special something, and in Pixie Pushes On Tamara Bundy continues t ...more
Patricia Murphy
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tamara Bundy’s writing is a gift and a must add to your library. Pixie Pushes On is a historical fiction novel set on a farm in the 1940s. It is an honest and tender story of Pixie’s life--currently in a state of turmoil. Each time Granddaddy and Pixie had a talk I needed to put the book down, pause and reflect—just loved Granddaddy’s guidance. He shared his wisdom -- giving tough life lessons all the while providing comfort and security.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This quote resonated with me, “...sometimes we decide who someone is long before they have a chance to show us who they really are.” Often educators want to tell us about the student we have on our new class list. I always try to change the subject. Kids deserve a fresh start each year and truly each and every day! You will love Pixie! 🥰
Kathy Iwanicki
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Nancy Paulsen for this ARC. This book was beautiful. It was not like any other middle grade book I have read. A little House on the Prairie, a little Charlotte’s Web, but really its own story. Beautiful. A wonderful historical fiction novel for middle grade readers.
Absolutely wonderful. Comp to "Charlotte's Web" and anything by Lauren Wolk.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher for sending an ARC of this book to #bookportage.

I really enjoyed Pixie Pushes On, a middle grade novel set in the 1940s. Pixie is dealing with a lot of change after her mother's death, the family's move to her grandparents' farm, and her sister's hospitalization due to polio. She continuously assumes the worst about the new people around her, but slowly realizes there is more to everyone than she initially sees. Although it is not all sunshine, Pixie is envelo
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