Prairie Evers


What is there to possibly like about moving from the North Carolina Mountains to Upstate New York? Even if it is the house her mom grew up in, Prairie (10) hasn't found much she likes here. Granny - Prairie's best friend and homeschool teacher - is going home. The man at the Agriculture Store looks down on her interest in chicken farming. And worst of all, she has to go to school. A real school! Where everyone has friends and Prairie doesn't. School is living down to her expectations until she starts spending time with Ivy. Is life in New York looking up? 

BTSYA Teen Reader (12):
I love this fluffy and heart-warming story. It addresses real issues such as being an outsider, not having a stable family, and what it means to be a friend, but it is done in a light-hearted way. Prairie is extremely likable, and I love all the little details about her many quirks. Her logic in some scenarios is also amusing, as are the tidbits of wisdom scattered throughout the book. Prairie definitely has her share of flaws but her good deeds make up for it. She is the kind of friend everyone wants to have, and I really love the way she treats Ivy.

Both girls are able to help each other become a better version of themselves, and I like that the author demonstrates that a true friendship can come in all forms. This book is not so much a story as it is a book of feelings; the author conveys emotion and thoughts so well that it feels realistic. Ivy and Prairie have drastically different personalities, the former being shy and lonely while the latter being optimistic and happy-go-lucky. Despite these differences, they are able to find a true friend in each other, and shared the highs, the lows, the happiness, the sadness, the good, and the bad. I also want to mention Prairie’s grandmother, Grammy. She is not the main character but she influences Prairie’s behavior and her wisdom is like no other. Prairie’s parents also deserve a mention because they were wonderful characters who made the story that much more enjoyable.

Parent Perspective:
Refreshing! This was such a wonderful story. As our narrator, Prairie shows us the world - good, bad, and ugly - as a 10-year-old sees it. Whether it is the other citizens of Paltz, NY, or her classmates, you get an honest perspective. There is a nice blend of characters, who, as the story unfolds, may challenge your initial judgment of them. Through Prairie's eyes, these people seem real. I, for one, wanted to walk right up to the rude woman in the diner!

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Engaging characters and honest narrative combine in this beautiful, wholesome coming of age story.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This is a chapter book built around that transition in life from kid to teen.
Educational Themes:

This would be a perfect selection for a teen book club, particularly a mother-daughter or father-daughter group.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 12
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a wonderful story that you're teen will come back to when they need a pick me up ... that is, if they get it back after sharing it with a friend.

Title Prairie Evers
Author Ellen Airgood
Publisher Puffin Books © 2012
ISBN 9781101575314
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Family, Friendship, Coming of Age, Realism | Realistic Fiction
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