The Storm in the Barn
The Storm in the Barn
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Annotation: Facing his share of ordinary challenges, from local bullies to his father's failed expectations, 11-year-old Jack Clark must also deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl in 1937 Kansas, including the rising tensions in his small town and the spread of a shadowy illness.
Catalog Number: #37434
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: 201 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-3618-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-25648-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-3618-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-25648-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2008938396
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
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Word Count: 2,260
Reading Level: 2.3
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 134356 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.4 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q48682
Lexile: GN560L
Guided Reading Level: U
Fountas & Pinnell: U

Tall tale. Thriller. Gripping historical fiction. This artful, sparely told graphic novel — a tale of a boy in Dust Bowl America — will resonate with young readers today. (Age 10 and up)

In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges: local bullies, his father’s failed expectations, a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he also has to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl, including rising tensions in his small town and the spread of a shadowy illness. Certainly a case of "dust dementia" would explain who (or what) Jack has glimpsed in the Talbot’s abandoned barn — a sinister figure with a face like rain. In a land where it never rains, it’s hard to trust what you see with your own eyes — and harder still to take heart and be a hero when the time comes. With phenomenal pacing, sensitivity, and a sure command of suspense, Matt Phelan ushers us into a world where desperation is transformed by unexpected courage.

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