A young girl learns bittersweet life lessons on the family farm after her sister gets polio, in this poignant and funny novel set in the heartland in the 1940s.
Pixie's defenses are up, and it's no wonder. She's been uprooted, the chickens seem to have it in for her, and now her beloved sister, Charlotte, has been stricken with polio and whisked away into quarantine. So it's not surprising Pixie lashes out. But her habit of making snap judgements--and giving her classmates nicknames like "Rotten Ricky" and "Big-Mouth Berta"--hasn't won her any friends. At least life on the farm is getting better with the delivery of its newest resident--a runt baby lamb. Raising Buster takes patience and understanding--and this slowing down helps Pixie put things in better perspective. So too does paying attention to her neighbors, and finding that with the war on she's not the only one missing someone. As Pixie pushes past her own pain to become a bigger person, she's finally able to make friends; and to laugh about the fact that it is in places where she least expected it.
"Pixie is full of heart! A laugh-out-loud book that also wades into poignant life lessons. A must read!"--Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of Fish in a Tree
"Pixie has bad luck--and is bad luck if you ask her. But she also has grit and gumption, so when her bad luck doesn't let go, she opens her eyes and her heart wider. Her world changes when she changes how she looks at her world. I loved Pixie and her story--a story filled with humor, hope, and everyday heroes."--Lynn Plourde, author of Maxi's Secrets
January 14, 2020
10 and up
Grade 5 & Up
Tamara Bundy also wrote the middle-grade novel Walking with Miss Millie
. She is a high school English teacher with a Master's degree in writing, and is a former columnist for the Cincinnati Post
(her regular column on being a mom also appeared on EWTN global Catholic radio). She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Pixie’s wry first-person voice aptly conveys her inner turmoil and the flavor and hardship of rural life during World War II, along with a healthy dose of humor. . . . A powerful message of friendship, familial love, faith, and perseverance. Details of life on a farm during the war and the scourge of the polio epidemic are skillfully incorporated into the story. . . . Absorbing read . . . features an appealing heroine.”—School Library Journal
“The purposeful setting of the story and the emphasis placed on character development make this a great pick for middle school readers. The subtle lessons drawn from the realities of farm life, jumping to conclusions, taking life in stride, and pushing forward despite grief and heartbreak are all seamlessly woven into the narrative of this touching story.”—School Library Connection