October 11, 2012
October 11, 2012
Pride, Nightingale and Baby are the Stars. Orphaned and living with their grandfather, Old Finn, in rural Minnesota, the children, like their grandfather, are wary of outsiders. They believe, as Old Finn taught them, in self-reliance.
But then Old Finn falls seriously ill and is taken to the hospital all the way in Duluth, leaving the children to fend for themselves. Pride, as oldest, assumes the lead. Though she makes mistakes, she keeps them afloat; they even earn money for the bus trip to Duluth. But when they finally see Old Finn, he can't walk or even say his own name, and Pride knows her days of keeping safe the Stars are drawing to a close. Self-reliance can't make Old Finn well again. But maybe, just maybe, a secret from Old Finn's past might make a way for them to stay together after all.
A poignant story about family and love, Sheila O'Connor has delivered another extraordinary and mesmerizing tale.
Set in rural Minnesota, just before Nixon resigned in 1974, three children struggle to take care of themselves after their grandfather, Old Finn, goes to the hospital. Pride, Nightingale, and Baby were raised on a southwestern commune, but after the deaths of their parents, the trio is sent north to stay with their reclusive grandfather. Coming to love him and their isolated farm life, everything changes when Old Finn becomes ill and must go to a far-off Duluth hospital. Attempting to keep their status hidden, 13-year-old Pride does her best, hoping that Old Finn will get better. But when they attract the attention of a reporter, their secret is in jeopardy.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Family / Siblings, Historical / United States / 20th Century, Family / Orphans + Foster Homes
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: Family / Orphans + Foster Homes, Historical / United States / 20th Century, Family / Siblings
- Age: 9-12 years
- Publisher: Putnam Pub. Group
- Pages: 297
- Language: English
- Release Date: October 11, 2012
- Author: Sheila O'Connor
- Online Item #: 14252801
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-5836
- ISBN: 9780399254598
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported