Eva of the Farm
A Horn Book Magazine
NOTABLE VERSE NOVEL OF 2012
Praise for EVA OF THE FARM
from Karen Hesse
Winner of the 1998 Newbery Medal for OUT OF THE DUST
"In poems like Hammock Queen and Anything is Possible and Sale Pending Eva dazzles us with her gift.
"This story could be set during any historical period in which economic privation has changed lives, but of course, given the present economy it has particular resonance for today's young reader."
Summary of EVA OF THE FARM
Twelve-year-old Eva DeHart knows her family's farm is the best, most magical place in the whole world. The Farm has apple trees and sun daisies and a thousand sprinklers to run through in summertime. it also has cougars, bears, and a dead tree that Eva calls the Demon Snag.Everything at the Farm, good and bad, shoots out of Eva's fingertips and into the poems she is always writing. She dreams of being a heroine of shining deeds, but who ever heard of a heroine-poet?
When a blight strikes the orchard and a foreclosure letter arrives from the bank, Eva puts all the power of her imagination at work to save the Farm. From a booth at the farmer's market to the snowbound hills where the coyotes hunt, Eva discovers that sometimes we face our fears and find out courage in the most unexpected places.
Written in verse, this novel by acclaimed author Dia Calhoun is about the transforming powers of imagination and hope, which can turn us all into heroes.
One of Eva's Poems from the book:
|Hammock at the Farm|
In the hammock
I am a queen
in a swinging throne of string
borne by two tall knights—
the maple trees.
I toss dried corn
to my grateful subjects—
gray squirrels who peer
and chatter at me,
On my right stands
the boundary of my kingdom—
the tall deer fence.
Beyond it the wild world
of the canyon threatens—
riddled with dragons,
promises of shining treasure,
and perilous quests.
on my side of the fence is the Farm—
with rows of apple trees
lined up like soldiers.
Here, in a throne of string,
beside the wild world,
stricken to the heart with earth and sky,
I belong to this, my apple kingdom.
Photos from the Farm that inspired EVA OF THE FARM
|The pears in bloom at the Farm|
|Sun Daises on the Wheat Flat above the Farm|
|The Haunted Outhouse on the Farm|