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Northern Borders by Howard Frank Mosher
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Jun 01, 2009

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Read 2 times. Last read June 24, 2009.

Austen Kittredge is sent to live with his Granfather and Grandmother on their farm in Vermont after his mother dies and his father feels he cannot take care of him on his own. The story progresses in pockets of time from when Austen is six years old to his transition to adulthood at 18...most of the stories, however, happen when Austen is quite young. There is an eccentric cast of players in the Kittredge Family, from his anti-social Grandfather who hates all school teachers to his Egypt-Obsessed Grandmother to his two "little aunts" who just like to gossip about everyone else in the family. I enjoyed reading this book but found it was hard to develop momentum in reading it as most of the chapters could have been taken separately as individual stories--so, while there was a thread among characters, there was no real "plotline" per se. That said, all the chapters were quite enjoyable (my favorite being about the Elephant at the County Fair).

A pretty wholesome read. What would expect from a story about a boy coming of age on a farm in Vermont?

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