Jake's Orphan by DK

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More than anything, Tree longs to escape the orphanage and find a home for himself and his brother. But when his chance finally comes, the Gundersons want only one boy to help work on their farm. "I promise," Tree tells his wild, reckless brother, Acorn. "If I don't come back, I'll send for you." Tree hopes hard work will win over dour Delton Gunderson, but he finds the farmer as harsh and unrelenting in his criticism as the prairie wind. As weeks turn into months, Tree's solemn promise seems impossible to keep. It's only Gunderson's own brother, Jake, and his kind ways that give Tree hope that this can become home -- until Acorn suddenly appears, threatening everything. Set in 1926 on the untamed North Dakota prairie, this is the story of one young boy's struggle to win the respect of the harsh inhabitants of a harsh land. What he learns of cruelty and unexpected kindness, of loyalty and thoughtless betrayal, of blustering cowardice and quiet courage, helps him unlock the secrets of who he dares to become.
 

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Peggy Brooke and her husband and sons live on a farm that is the site of her grandfather's 1903 homestead near Crosby, North Dakota, on the same prairie that provides the setting for Jake's Orphan. She says "growing up on that farm I was always mindful of the mighty elements -- the untiring wind, grasshoppers, drought, and storm -- the unpredictable lords of the prairie. But the main thing was always the land, that great cradle that formed and shaped the prairie people. If you could begin to know the land, you'd taken the first step on a wondrous journey". Jake's Orphan is her first book for children.
 
Published April 1, 2000 by DK CHILDREN. 272 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tree, a 12-year-old orphan so rootless that no one seems to notice his lack of a proper name, is the hero of this compelling debut novel set in 1926.

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"Tree, a 12-year-old orphan so rootless that no one seems to notice his lack of a proper name, is the hero of this compelling debut novel set in 1926.

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