Eva of the Farm
A Horn Book Magazine Notable Verse Novel of 2012
Praise for Eva of the Farm from Karen Hesse
"Eva gathers the reader into her confidence right from the start. She balances between childhood and adolescence with an endearing agility. Her poetry sings and her spirit soars as she leads the reader through life on her parent's fruit farm, a life keenly observed from her Crow's Nest.
"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." --Karen Hesse, Winner of the 1998 Newbery Medal for Out of the Dust
About 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.