A Tough Nut to Crack by Tom Birdseye

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City girl Cassie Bell never thought she'd find herself on a farm in the middle of Kentucky, but that's exactly where she ends up when her grandfather—whom she's never even met—needs help after an accident. She and her know-it-all brother have to accompany their father, long estranged from their Grandpa Reuben, to help out on the farm. Farm life throws some unexpected curves her way, including a turkey attack, a boy named TJ, and a deep rift between her dad and grandpa who just can't seem to get along. But like her mother always used to say, "never be afraid to ask the hard questions," Cassie refuses to give up on her mission to bring her family back together again.

About Tom Birdseye

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Birdseye is the author of many books for young readers. He lives in Oregon. Ethan Long is an author and illustrator whose titles include "Ma ana Iguana "by Ann Whitford Paul, "The Riot Brothers "series by Mary Amato, and his own creations, "Stop Kissing Me! "and "Tickle the Duck! "Ethan's work has also appeared on TV: "Farm Force "won a Nextoons award in 2005 and "ZeFronk "premiered on Playhouse Disney in 2008.
Published October 1, 2006 by Holiday House. 113 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Considering the dispositions of Cassie’s father and grandpa, the length and strength of the feud raises credibility issues—but this is the sort of story where, as Cassie puts it, “even though life isn’t always fair, and bad things happen that break your heart, there are perfect moments when peopl...

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