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The school at Crooked Creek
Lawlor, Laurie.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2004]

Physical Description:
83 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Living on the 19th-century Indiana frontier with his parents and irritable older sister Louise, six-year-old Beansie dreads his first day of school, but his resilience surprises even his sister.
Reading Level:
660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.0 2.0 77709.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.5 5 Quiz: 42001.
Added Author:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Easy Fiction
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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Beansie loves his free and simple life with Ma, Pap, and his sister, Louisa, on their Indiana homestead. But now his parents want him to go to the new log cabin school, where he'll be cooped up inside all day. How will he and Louisa find their way to school and back? How will beansie cope with rough boys such as Oliver Sweeny, who can outrun, outlick, and outholler anybody? In this heartwarming and homespun chapter book set on the central Indiana frontier in the 1820s, a young boy finds his courage and his way.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-5. Living in a one-room cabin at the edge of a wood with Ma, Pa, and his older sister is just fine with six-year-old Beansie. But three months of attending school for the first time sounds as pleasant as being a catfish choked to death on a sandbar. Set in central Indiana in the 1820s, this short chapter book depicts frontier life from a young boy's point of view, peppering the story with expressions such as aggrafreted, bumfuzzled, and obflusticated. A bullying neighbor, nine-year-old Louisa's embarrassing freckles, and Beansie's pluckiness despite his small size (he needs to stand in the same place twice to make a shadow) realistically drive the plot. A black-and-white drawing accents the action in each of the 10 chapters, and an author's note clarifies the expressions commonly used by Indiana settlers. It's a folksy, funny portrayal of the time and place. --Julie Cummins Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Adult hockey fans will remember Orr as one of the greatest defensemen to play the game, and they will probably be the ones to choose to read this picture book aloud. Eight-year-old Joey tells about watching Orr's 1969-'70 season with the Boston Bruins as the team leads up to winning the Stanley Cup. When Joey, who plays defense on his hockey team, breaks his leg, Orr visits him in the hospital and gives him encouraging words. Illustrations are bright and colorful. Game pages are action filled with players often lunging forward toward readers. This story will have a more limited audience than David Bouchard's That's Hockey (Orca, 2002). Supplemental fare for libraries needing additional hockey stories.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.