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Caleb's Story

Caleb's Story

Series: Sarah, Plain and Tall (Book #3)
by Patricia MacLachlan

Anna has done something terrible.
She has given me her journal to fill.
In Anna's journal the words walk across the page like bird prints in the mud. But it is hard for me.
It is hard for me to find things to write about.

"It's your job now," Anna says to Caleb as she hands him her journals. He worries that he'll have nothing to write about, until one winter day his younger sister, Cassie, discovers a mysterious old man in the barn and everything changes. Everyone is excited about the arrival of a new family member except for Jacob, who holds a bitter grudge. Only the special love of Caleb, and the gift he offers his grandfather, can help to mend the pain of the past.

The Newbery Medal-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall began the Witting family's saga as Sarah came to the prairie as a mail-order bride to live with Jacob, Anna, and Caleb. In Skylark Sarah learned to adopt the prairie as her home and the family as her own. Caleb's Story continues in Patricia MacLachlan's signature style, spinning a tale of love, forgiveness, and the ties that bind a family together.

Ages
8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
3.1
Lexile Measure
290L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
R
Publisher
Joanna Cotler Books
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
128
Genre
Classics, Historical Fiction, Dictionaries, Reference, Series

About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan An American author of children's picture books and novels for middle-grade readers, Patricia MacLachlan, b. Patricia Pritzkau in Cheyenne, Wyo., Mar. 3, 1938, frequently focuses her stories on the family.

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