by Sharon Creech
Submitted by Katie B.
Reena and her younger brother move from the city to Maine, where they encounter changes, particularly those rural animal interactions that are new to the kids, who are enjoying the freedom of movement where life is less dangerous than the city. They encounter crabby Mrs. Falala and her various animals, most notably “ornery” cow Zora. Against their wishes, the kids' parents volunteer them as helpers for Mrs. Falala. Over time, the relationship with both the woman and her animal menagerie change, and the kids discover young allies to help them.
(Children’s Fiction, Rebecca Caudill, Bluestem 2019)