The Barn by Avi

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Nine-year-old Ben, living in the Oregon Territory in 1855, is called home from school to help on the family farm after his father is paralyzed and becomes convinced that his father's recovery depends on the building of a new barn.
 

About Avi

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Avi was born in 1937, in the city of New York and raised in Brooklyn. He began his writing career as a playwright, and didn't start writing childrens books until he had kids of his own.
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Scholastic. 106 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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and, although Avi suggests the difficulties in one poignant scene, dealing with the necessary laundry is never mentioned.) Desperate to reclaim Father, Ben pins his hopes on the idea that if they can build a barn, as Father had planned, then he will recover.

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While his older brother and sister work the fields of their farm, Ben looks after his stricken father and laments that his father will not be able to realize his dream of building a barn on their property.

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""This austere tale set in 1855 tells how the children of Oregon settlers are left to fend for themselves on the frontier,"" said PW, noting that ""it will gratify those who seek a quiet, contemplative read."" Ages 8-12.

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