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ISBN13: 9780152047184
ISBN10: 0152047182
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Newbery Medal, 1957

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Marly's father came back from the war a different man. Something inside him seems as cold and dead as the winter world outside. But when the family moves to Grandma's old house on Maple Hill, miracles begin to happen. The sap in the trees begins to rise, the leaves begin to turn, and Marly's father starts to bloom again, like the world around them.

This wise and moving story is a must-have for every reader's library.


Virginia Sorensen's Newbery Medal-winning classic, in an irresistible new package.


Marly and her family share many adventures when they move from the city to a farmhouse on Maple Hill.

About the Author

VIRGINIA SORENSEN (1912-1991) was born in Utah, and it was her family's own stories that influenced her early novels of the American West.

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Home School Book Review, March 27, 2012 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
Ten-year-old Marley lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her father Dale, mother Lee, and twelve-year-old brother Joe. Her dad has come home from having been a prisoner during the war, but he’s not the same. He’s moody and tired and seems as cold and dead as the winter outside. So the family decides to spend the spring and summer at Maple Hill Farm, the old place where Marley’s great-grandmother had lived and where Marley’s mother used to visit as a child, up in the corner of Pennsylvania’s countryside. There they meet Mr. and Mrs. Chris, Grandma’s neighbors whom Marley’s mother remembers from her childhood visits. At first, Marley and Joe are afraid that they will miss their life in the city. Joe had wanted to join the bad at his city school, but the little school at Maple Hill doesn’t have a band. But they begin to have many adventures sugaring with the Chrises, fixing up the old house, and experiencing other “miracles.” Will Daddy get any better? Will Marley’s family return to Pittsburgh or will they decide to stay at Maple Hill? And when Mr. Chris gets very sick and has to go to the hospital, what will happen to him?
This 1957 Newbery Medal winner is a delightful story that is deserving of the award. There are a couple of common euphemisms��"gee and golly, one reference to chewing tobacco, and a mention of glaciers “millions of years ago.” I especially enjoyed the way the truant officer ended up handling the time when Marley and Joe were kept home from school to help the Chrises with their maple sugaring. A couple of reviewers said that the role model for girls is horrific because the girl is weak, cries, moans, etc., and that the sexist stereotypes made it difficult to stay with the story because Marly and her mother do ‘woman things’ at the house together.
I can see how a femi-nazi or someone raised on femi-nazi propaganda would reach this kind of conclusion, but honestly it gets old hearing those who may disagree with traditional roles for boys and girls yell “sexism” every time they don’t like the way girls are portrayed. Not every family is raising their daughters to be “I am woman, hear me roar.” And recent studies have suggested an actual biological basis for some of the emotional differences between males and females. Most of the reader reviewers liked the book, except the one mentioned previously and a couple of “kid reviews” which said that the book was too boring and not exciting enough. Of course, every book, even a good one, may not appeal to all people. However, my experience is that a lot of kids whose minds have been numbed by the helter-skelter, hooey-phooey, hocus-pocus, harum-scarum, hokey-fenokee type of stories like Harry Potter and Goosebumps often don’t have enough attention span left to enjoy a real story. I would recommend Miracles on Maple Hill as a book which chronicles the joys of simple living.
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Krush, Beth
Krush, Joe
Krush, Beth
Krush, Joe
Krush, Joe & Beth
Krush, Joe
Krush, Joe and Beth
, Beth
Krush, Joe & Beth
Sorensen, Virginia Eggertsen
Krush, Beth
Sorensen Waugh, Virginia
Sorensen, Virginia
Harcourt Brace and Company
Orlando, FL
Country life
Moving, Household
Family problems
General Juvenile Fiction
Children s All Ages - Literature
Childrens classics
Edition Description:
Harcourt Young Classics
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Grade Level:
from 3 to 5
Black-and-white illustrations
7.63 x 5.13 in 0.47 lb
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