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Someday : novel
Koller, Jackie French.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
215 pages ; 22 cm
In 1938, fourteen-year-old Celie must cope with leaving her Enfield, Massachusetts, home and her life-long friend, Chubby, as the day approaches when the Swift River Valley will be flooded to create a reservoir for Boston.
Reading Level:
680 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 7.0 69321.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.1 13 Quiz: 29551 Guided reading level: W.
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The building of the Quabbin Resevoir in western Massanchusetts in the 1930s signals the end of three small rural towns-and the beginning of a different life for 14-year-old Celie Wheeler.

Celie Wheeler's family has lived in Enfield, Massachusetts, for generations, and she would love to live there forever. For all of her fourteen years, though, the threat that Enfield and two other neighboring towns might be claimed by eminent domain to build the Quabbin Reservoir has been very real. For Celie the coming of the reservoir has always been "someday", far off in the future. But that "someday" has now arrived, and the secure happy world she's known will soon vanish. What does the future hold for her and her family?

Author Notes

Jackie French Koller is a prolific children's author.

Jackie's first book, Impy for Always, was published in 1989. She's gone on to write over 30 other books including The Keepers and Dragonling Series.

Koller's books have received numerous awards and accolades - among them ALA Notable Book and IRA Teachers' Choice.

Jackie lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and when she's not writing she enjoys painting, reading, hiking, making gingerbread houses, and playing with her grandchildren.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. This heartbreaking account of a town flooded to create a reservoir, based on real events in 1930s' Massachusetts, is told through the voice of 14-year-old Celie Wheeler. Celie has lived in Enfield her whole life, and although she's known for years that «someday» would come when they would have to move, it's a shock when the official notice arrives. Gran staunchly refuses to leave, and Celie and Mama disagree about where to go. At the same time, Celie is torn between affection for her best friend Chubby and her infatuation with a handsome representative from the water commission. Celie's fear of the unknown, frustration with Gran, confusion about her feelings for Chubby, love for her town and family, and surprise upon learning that her mother has ambitions beyond Enfield all ring true. The sad scenes of the town's dismantling are truly harrowing, and Celie and Chubby's final parting is bittersweet, as Celie realizes that «someday» can refer to a beginning as well as an ending. Diane Foote.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fourteen-year-old Celie Wheeler has much to think about: her plans to be a writer; her changing relationship with her best friend, a boy; and the imminent loss of her home, which has been in her family since the 1700s. Set in the Depression, this coming-of-age story unfolds against the backdrop of the actual last days of the four towns in Massachusetts's Swift River Valley, which in 1939 was flooded to create a reservoir for Boston. Amid the demolitions and the deliberately set fires that punctuate her days, Celie juggles her own despair with her concern for her aged grandmother and widowed mother, even as she experiences the thrill of her first romantic feelings for the young man sent by the Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission to finish emptying the town. With complex, finely drawn characters and fluid language that rings true for the period and place, the story is satisfying emotionally as well as intellectually. Koller's (the Dragonlings series) afterword explores environmental and social issues raised by the episode. Adolescent readers, experiencing their own transitions toward adulthood, will respond to the literal submersion of the heroine's past and to her eventual embrace of the future. Ages 10-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-Celie Wheeler, a 14-year-old growing up during the Great Depression, lives with her widowed mother and grandmother in an 18-room house built by her great grandfather in this novel by Jackie French Koller (Orchard, 2002). Someday Celie plans to graduate, get married, and grow old gracefully. But not in her small hometown of Enfield, Massachusetts, because someday the entire Swift River Valley is going to be flooded to make a large water reservoir for the growing city of Boston. Despite legal notices requiring Celie's grandmother to sell the property to the government or lose it to eminent domain, she remains steadfast in her resolve not to leave her beloved farm. Most of the townsfolk accept the government's offer and move to neighboring cities. Celie witnesses the dramatic effect this has on her town, and she vividly describes the sadness and emptiness that replaces each friend when they move away and each business that closes its doors. Celie's strength during this difficult time comes from her best friend, Chubby, who also gives Celie her first real kiss and her first taste of young love. This beautifully written and emotionally packed story describes the fate of many small towns across America. An author's note at the conclusion of the story provides the facts behind this historical tale. Julia Gibson's narration brings to life the worries, pain, and sorrow experienced by each character. There is little differentiation of tone used between Celie and her mother, but the voice inflections and varied speech patterns used for the other characters, especially Grandmother, are stronger and more distinct. A great addition to audiobook collections in need of historical fiction titles.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Portage County District Library, OH(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.