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Children's LiteratureSet in Maine in the early 1820's, this strong historical novel examines dealing with change and limitations. Twelve-year-old farm boy Will is injured in an accident and must have one leg amputated. His slightly younger sister, Cassie, blames herself for the accident and takes on caring for Will as he first fights for his life, then adjusts and adapts to what his life will be. Eight months after the accident, the two leave the farm to live with their sister and her husband in the coastal town of Wiscasset, where Will is to be fitted with an artificial leg and look for a new direction for his life now that his beloved farming is not an option. As Will regains his ability to be independent and his confidence in himself, he explores several options for earning a livelihood and also deals with the discriminatory bullying of some town boys. At the same time, Cassie finds it hard to accept his lessening dependence on her and the limitations she faces as a woman in the early nineteenth century. Each chapter opens with a passage from Cassie's journal, which adds depth and immediacy to these finely drawn characters. Wait includes enough detail about daily life, the setting of Wicasset, and the science of medicine to help the reader understand Will's and Cassie's experiences. 2004, McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, Ages 9 to 12.