Littlejim's Dreams by Gloria Houston

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More than anything, fourteen-year-old Littlejim wants to attend the academy so he can study to be a teacher, like Aunt Zony. But Mama gets sick and there’s work to be done on the farm. And the timber company’s coming to take away the only life his family knows. Will Littlejim be able to make his dreams come true? This is a touching story of a boy’s coming-of-age in 1920 Appalachia. “It’s a heartwarming story of family ties and friendships, set in an earlier era and another culture. Fans of the previous books will not be disappointed.”--Kirkus Reviews
 

About Gloria Houston

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Gloria Houston is the author of numerous books for children, including "My Great-Aunt Arizona", illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb, which was a Smithsonian Treasure, a Family Channel's Best Book, an IRA Teachers' and Children's Choices book, and an NCTE Best Book, among other honors. She also wrote "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree", illustrated by Barbara Cooney, which was an annual "Publishers Weekly" Bestseller and was named a Best Book of the Decade by the American Library Association. She currently lives in North Carolina. Thomas B. Allen is the author of numerous history books, including "George Washington", "Spymaster" and "Remember Valley Forge". A frequent contributor to "Smithsonian Magazine", "National Geographic", "Military History Quarterly", "Military History", "Naval History", the U.S. Naval Institute's "Proceedings", and other publications, he lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
 
Published April 15, 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 240 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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By dint of hard work, Littlejim manages to turn things around: The family gets to attend the tree celebration, his father grudgingly begins to respect Littlejim's young manhood, Littlejim even finds a way to give his sister a longed-for doll.

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Littlejim Houston is nearly 14 and loves his life in rural Appalachia in 1920, but he dreams of being more than a farmer and logger.

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Littlejim Houston is nearly 14 and loves his life in rural Appalachia in 1920, but he dreams of being more than a farmer and logger.

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In this continuation of Houston's (Littlejim) saga about an Appalachian boy, Littlejim's dreams go far beyond the Creek. Inspired by Jules Verne's books and by a worldly-wise visitor from Philadelphia

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The boy manages to win the contest, purchase the doll that his younger sister longs for, and soften his father's stony demeanor in this unabashedly sentimental-but affecting-tale.

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In this continuation of Houston's (Littlejim) saga about an Appalachian boy, Littlejim's dreams go far beyond the Creek.

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