[Originally published in Ready Readers: Middle School Literature, Vol. 1]
This delightful tale of hope and healing won the Newbery medal in 1957. It tells the story of 10 year old Marly, whose family moves to the country in search of a new start. Marly's father, an ex-POW, has suffered deep emotional wounds at the hands of a heartless society and she hopes the new surroundings will provide a balm for his soul. What she finds in the societyof Maple Hill is an answer to her prayers in more ways than one. This story provides a great opportunity to address themes like loss and redemption, mortality and resurrection and the healing power of relationships.