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Children's LiteratureYoung Simeon Zook's world is centered around his family and their dairy farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He loves the animals, especially the heifer he received on his eighth birthday. He calls her Lena A and now, two years later, she is about to have her first calf. Instinctively, Simeon knows that something is not right, so his father sends him to the neighboring Mennonite farm to phone for the veterinarian. Later, a series of barn fires occurs in the Amish Community. Simeon has a guilty secret about the fire that destroys his family's barn because he saw two men near the barn the night of the fire. He does not know what to do because the men threatened to burn down his family's home if he says anything. This well-written account of Amish life will not have wide appeal to many youngsters, but those interested in the contemporary Amish way of life will learn a great deal. The addition of a glossary and a pronunciation guide of Pennsylvania German words is very helpful. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 9 to 11.