By Ellen Airgood
Prairie Evers is a precocious, wise little girl. Home-schooled, she has spent most of her time surrounded solely by adults. Her lifelong best friend has been her grandmother. In North Carolina’s woods and prairies, lessons are taught and much is learned.
The family relocates to New York from North Carolina. Unhappy, her grandmother returns to their family home of North Carolina, leaving Prairie unhappy and bored. She talks her parents into allowing her to raise chickens in the old coop out back.
Prairie becomes an entrepreneur, but also learns about the proverbial pecking order when she is enrolled in the local school. She feels she does not fit in and is very alone, until she meets Ivy. She and Ivy connect, becoming inseparable. Their friendship deepens as they learn more about each other and trust develops. Ivy has had a very hard childhood, and comes to rely on Prairie’s for what she does not have at home. Prairie has found a special friend, not only a first friend.
Ellen Airgood is a gifted storyteller, no matter what age she writes for. I loved her first adult novel, South of Superior. I loved this children’s book as well. I can hardly wait to see what she writes next!