Red-dirt Jessie

A farm can be a lonely place when it’s filled with grief and worry. After Jessie’s little sister dies, her father just gives up on life. Caring about nothing, he sits and rocks all day long in grandmother’s old chair. With her mother struggling to keep the family afloat during the hard days of the dusty Depression, it is up to Jessie to breathe some life back into her family. But how can a twelve-year-old girl pull her father out of his chair and back to the land of the living? The answer comes to her in the form of Ring, a one-hundred-pound dog that was abandoned on a neighboring farm. Wary of people, Ring refuses to accept Jessie’s friendship or assistance. But Jessie is determined to win Ring’s trust. She just knows that if she can tame a fine dog like Ring, together they will have the power to heal her father’s broken spirit.

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Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Puffin (Dec 1, 1997)
ISBN-10: 014038734X
ISBN-13: 978-0140387346

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