When the Sergeant Came Marching Home by Don Lemna

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Donald can't believe it when his father returns after serving in World War II and decides to move the family to a middle-of-nowhere farm, where they work hard trying to make end meet. Full of wry, affectionate humor, this novel shows how one family becomes whole again.

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Don Lemna, raised on the American prairies, lives in Medicine Hat, Canada. When the Sergeant Came Marching Home was named a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers title. In a starred review, Booklist called it "timeless," and Kirkus Reviews said it was "full of heart and more than a few laugh-aloud moments. Matt Collins has illustrated many children's books, including Basketball Belles by Sue Macy. His art appears in The New York Times, Scientific American, and other publications. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.
Published April 15, 2008 by Holiday House. 215 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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“Early in the summer of 1946, an infantry sergeant returned from the war and ruined my life by forcing me to move from our comfortable basement apartment in Wistola, Mont., out to a farm in the middle of nowhere.” Ten-year-old Donald immediately begins secretly saving money to run away to Hollywood.

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