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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (991 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia MacLachlan Narrator: Glenn Close Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9780061799136
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Anna has done something terrible. She has given me her journal to fill. In Anna's journal the words walk across the page like bird prints in the mud. But it is hard for me. It is hard for me to find things to write about.

"It's your job now," Anna says as she hands Caleb her journals, asking him to continue writing the family story. But Sarah, Jacob, Anna, Caleb, and their new little sister, Cassie, have already formed a family, and Caleb fears there will be nothing left to write about. But that is before Cassie discovers a mysterious old man in the barn and everything changes. Everyone is excited about the arrival of a new family member -- except for Jacob, who holds a bitter grudge. Only the special love of Caleb, and the gift he offers, can help to mend the pain of the past.

Caleb's Story continues the saga begun by the Newbery Medal-winning Sarah, Plain And Tall and its sequel, Skylark, spinning a tale of love, forgiveness, and the ties that bind a family together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Heartwarming…Fans of the first two books will enjoy learning more about this resourceful and loving family.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An excellent work of historical fiction, a satisfying sequel, and an inspiring tale about love and forgiveness.”

    School Library Journal

  • “MacLachlan’s spare yet elegant prose conveys the deep feelings of the characters as they work through a difficult time…Series fans will welcome this, but it’s also a solid offering that can stand on its own.”

    Booklist

  • “Newbery Medalist MacLachlan continues the story of the Witting family, with the believable characters readers have come to know and love…MacLachlan’s appreciative readers will savor this new addition to the chronicle of a delightful family, and many will be hoping for another volume in the series so we can learn precocious Cassie’s story as she grows older.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/30/2014

    " Grandpa shows up after leaving when Papa was young. Caleb teaches him how to read. Change of heart story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/21/2014

    " Very touching he is so sweet "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/20/2014

    " Patricia MacLachlan has made another sequel to Sarah, Plain, and Tall and it is still as great at the first and second book! In this book we meet a strange man with one big secret - He's Caleb's grandfather! Caleb's father, Jacob, is angry when he finds out his father is at their house, but with some work their relationship is bound back together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalee | 1/19/2014

    " Amazing story of forgiveness and family ties. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 1/16/2014

    " This is what happens after skylark. You will fall in love with these books just as i did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 1/4/2014

    " Book 3 of Sarah, Plain and Tall series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 1/4/2014

    " Sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 1/2/2014

    " Moar sequels! Maybe it's because I'm an adult, but it was obvious to me that Caleb's grandfather couldn't read. So the big build up to the reveal was annoying - but it is a children's book. Anywho, rounds out the story nicely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 12/31/2013

    " If you liked Sarah Plain and Tall then you will like this one too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Ouellette | 12/5/2013

    " Read this to a 4th grade class. I was very impressed with the life lessons involved, so to speak, for a book geared toward the elementary schooler. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Clark | 12/2/2013

    " I'm so glad I read all 3 of her books about this family: Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark, and Caleb's Story. Now I wish she had written another one! I LOVE to read books that are set in the "old" days! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fay Klingler | 11/13/2013

    " Another marvelous story by MacLachlan . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michellesiegel | 11/10/2013

    " The story how Jacob's father reeneters his life and how Caleb helps bring the family together! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 10/28/2013

    " it was very misterious and good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 10/10/2013

    " Didn't enjoy this book. Had a hard time getting through it. Well written, just not my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffanychau69 | 8/4/2013

    " Makes me cry everytime I read it! I espeically love the part when Grandfather starts writing a letter to Jacob. That's the part when I always cry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teri | 5/30/2013

    " so much drama in this story!!! it should be a made for tv movie. Read Laura Ingalls Wilder instead. SO MUCH BETTER! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meadow | 5/19/2013

    " When Anna gives her younger brother her diary to fill in, He thinks it was a terrible idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally | 5/6/2013

    " Eh. Kinda short and kinda repeated what the first two stories had already mentioned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delaney | 4/22/2013

    " It is a great book! Just not quite my favorite, but still very good! I definitely recommend this book!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blueyedbeauty97 | 4/17/2013

    " um this book i read in school 4 a asignment but it was ok "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 3/24/2013

    " the continued story of Sarah, plain and tall. This one is also good with a little more feeling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 3/13/2013

    " I liked reading this story from Caleb's point of view. The tale takes place several years after Skylark and the story develops differently than the other two. It demonstrates the powerful influence young people can have to encourage the significant adults in their lives to live better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/1/2012

    " I love this series and think this book is far better than Skylark the second book. The writing is so peaceful. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Itamar | 4/9/2012

    " It is very good. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelcey Murdoch | 3/29/2012

    " My favorite in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 3/18/2012

    " A very moving story, written in simple, beautiful prose. Teaches a great lesson about family love and overcoming past pain to move on towards forgiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina Sinshtaj | 10/12/2011

    " This was a really good book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/5/2011

    " Out of the four books in the series, this one was my kids' favorite. Maybe because of the mystery. Maybe because of the healing that takes place. It was a good warm-hearted read all around! I got a little teary eyed up at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yanfriends | 5/23/2011

    " Didn't care for this historical fiction "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maddie | 5/16/2011

    " Read for school....kind of GAG. Although maybe I'm not being fair.
    But, kind of, GAG. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 5/14/2011

    " I forgot how wonderful this book is. Reading it as a short story rather than a children's book made it more poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 5/11/2011

    " A classic story for young readers. I think kids need to know about simpler times, right?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/6/2011

    " Sweet, short book. Somehow I managed not to cry at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/4/2011

    " Read it with my son's reading group at school. Sparse, beautiful prose and true feelings. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yates | 4/28/2011

    " I used this book during my PTLS lessons. I used it to introduce the way people lived during the Dust Bowl. Great book to talk about character development during that tough time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacque | 4/26/2011

    " I really liked this book. Easy read and great story. Took all of 40ish minutes. It is simple yet wonderful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/23/2011

    " Very quick read, good for 1st thru 3rd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fawnshine | 4/16/2011

    " it was ok, I had to read it for school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrett | 4/10/2011

    " It was good. Really good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheyanne | 4/9/2011

    " A Newbery medal winner, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells of a single father advertising for a wife to come live out in the prarie with his two children, a son and daughter. Quite a wonderful story for older children. It is a small chapter book of the adventure of how the characters become a family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Therese | 4/8/2011

    " An easy, fast, light read, providing insight to early pioneering life on the Plains. I'd recommend the Little House books and Caddie Woodlawn over this one though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alissa | 4/4/2011

    " A great read aloud for my second graders. I didn't think they were very into it at first, until one day I stopped reading early and they all asked to keep going. Very cute story about the beginnings of a family who learn to love each other. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia MacLachlanPatricia MacLachlan is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s Story; Edward’s Eyes; The True Gift; Waiting for the Magic; White Fur Flying; and Fly Away. She lives in western Massachusetts.
About the Narrator
Glenn Close starred in the Emmy-nominated Hallmark Hall of Fame version of Sarah, Plain and Tall. An Academy Award nominee, Ms. Close has distinguished herself in such critically acclaimed films as The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction, and Dangerous Liaisons.