hoschsh1958, December 10, 2009 (view all comments by hoschsh1958)
I just finished rereading this book, as an adult. It is a wonderful story, set during World War I. It's a time of transition between horse drawn carriages and cars, when the Spanish Flu was a true epidemic that sweeps across the nation and you get a real sense of time and place. For children needing a sense of history set into a story of a pet raccoon. For adults ready to experience a taste of nostalgia and also learn about the recent past. The descriptions of summer and growing up are priceless.
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Nothing's surprising in the North household, not even Sterling's new pet raccoon. Rascal i sonly a baby when Sterling brings him home, but soon the two are best friends, doing everything together--until the spring day when everything suddenly changes.
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