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Before the accident Nathaniel's life seemed pretty good. His help around the farm made his father proud. But now, with a busted leg, Nathaniel can't do farmwork anymore, so his father adopts another son through the Orphan Train. Feeling replaced and useless, Nathaniel attends school for the first time. Meanwhile, sturdy and strong John is able to do the work that earns Pa's attention.

But the truth is, John Worth has his own set of troubles. He is treated more like a servant than a son. Kept awake at night by nightmares of his family's death, he remembers having a pa who took pride in him. But now he has no one, until a community battle and a special book reveal a potential friend -- and a chance for understanding.

About The Author

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A. LaFaye (the "A" is for Alexandria) is the author of Worth, for which she received the Scott O'Dell Award, as well as The Year of the Sawdust Man, Nissa's Place, The Strength of Saints, Edith Shay, Strawberry Hill, and Dad, in Spirit. She teaches at California State University at San Bernardino during the school year and at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, in the summer. She lives in Cabot, Arkansas.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 1, 2006)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416916246
  • Grades: 4 - 7
  • Ages: 9 - 12

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Raves and Reviews

"[The] Narrative is brutally honest."
-- Booklist, starred review

-- Publishers Weekly

Awards and Honors

  • Virginia Young Readers List
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Starred Intermediate Title
  • Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List (NY)
  • Oregon Battle of the Books List
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award Nominee (WY)
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List
  • Arizona Young Reader Book Award Nominee
  • Golden Archer Award Nominee (WI)
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Master List (IL)
  • California Collections
  • Golden Sower Award Nominee (NE)
  • Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Nominee (AR)
  • Mark Twain Award Final Nominee (MO)
  • Southern California Literature Council Book Award
  • Scott O'Dell Award
  • Spur Award Finalist (Western Writers of America)
  • Nebraska Book Award Honor Book

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