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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gayle Rosengren Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781681413990
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Thanks to her superstitious mother, Esther knows some tricks for avoiding bad luck: toss salt over your left shoulder, never button your shirt crooked, and avoid black cats. But even luck can’t keep her family safe from the Great Depression. When Pa loses his job, Esther’s family leaves their comfy Chicago life behind for a farm in Wisconsin. Living on a farm comes with lots of hard work, but that means there are plenty of opportunities for Esther to show her mother how helpful she can be. She loves all of the farm animals (except the mean geese) and, even better, makes a fast friend in lively Bethany. But then Ma sees a sign that Esther just knows is wrong. If believing a superstition makes you miserable, how can that be good luck?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s easy to root for Esther, who makes the most of each day, wants little, and gives much.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Esther’s positive attitude offers a fine model for readers of this engaging historical fiction.”


  • “Rosengren’s depiction of the Great Depression from a child’s perspective rings true…Sensitive and engaging.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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About the Author

Gayle Rosengren grew up in Chicago and earned a BA in creative writing at Knox College. As a girl, books were among her best friends and inspired her dream of writing for children someday. Following graduation, she worked as an advertising copywriter. She never outgrew her passion for children’s books, however, and when the opportunity presented itself, she joined the staff of the children’s and young adult services departments of her local library in Illinois. She worked there for several years enthusiastically sharing her love of books with young people while raising three young people of her own. Today Gayle lives just outside of Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband Don and their slightly neurotic rescue dog, Fiona.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of multiple Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.