Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s new novel, told in a mix of poetry and prose, follows one family’s move to rural Maine and the surprising connection between a girl and one very ornery cow, named Zora. It’s a lovely and uplifting story of how a little kindness can change lives, reminding us that if you’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises.
moo.pngWhen twelve-year-old Reena, her little brother, Luke, and her parents move from the city to rural Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches and blueberries and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, she faces many changes and miles of farmland. And she definitely doesn’t imagine that a very ornery cow named Zora might enter her life. But that’s just what she gets when her parents “volunteer” her and Luke to work for their eccentric neighbor, Mrs. Falala. What begins as farm chores turns to fun as she and Luke take care of Zora and the other animals—a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, and a snake named Edna—and discover that even the most stubborn and short-tempered of beings can, with time, turn into true friends.