Wintering Well [NOOK Book]

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"What happened this afternoon is too terrible to write...Please, God, let Will live. And please, God, forgive me."

Cassie's journal opens her dramatic story and that of her older brother Will, as they are both forced to reexamine their lives after a farm accident leaves Will without a leg -- and without hope.

After a winter of healing, Will knows his future must be away ...
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Overview

"What happened this afternoon is too terrible to write...Please, God, let Will live. And please, God, forgive me."

Cassie's journal opens her dramatic story and that of her older brother Will, as they are both forced to reexamine their lives after a farm accident leaves Will without a leg -- and without hope.

After a winter of healing, Will knows his future must be away from the farm that he loves. He and Cassie go to stay with their older sister and her husband in the nearby town of Wiscasset. There, with the excitement of Maine's new statehood as a backdrop, Will finds that being disabled can be a social handicap as well as physical one. But with hard work he can win respect -- and find exciting possibilities for his future.

Living in town opens Cassie's eyes too. She sees Will considering career options not open to her, and she wonders if she can be fulfilled by keeping a house and a family. Are there other possibilities for a young woman in 1820? As Cassie watches Will make his life decisions, she struggles to find her own place in the world.

From the author of Stopping to Home and Seaward Born comes this remarkable story of hardship, determination, and the joy of finding the right path in life.

Fifteen-year-old Will Ames and his sister Cassie go to stay with their sister in nearby Wiscasset, Maine, after a disabling accident ruins Will's plans for a career in farming.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Set 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.
—Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Each chapter in this novel begins with brief journal entries written by 11-year-old Cassie, who describes life on her family's Maine farm in 1819. As the book opens, her 12-year-old brother accidentally cuts himself with an ax, an injury that leads to the amputation of his leg. Despondent, Will wonders what to do with his life, since his dream of being a farmer has been destroyed. Cassie, who nurses him back to health, also wonders what the future holds for her. When they move to a nearby town to live with their older sister while Will is fitted for a wooden leg, they are exposed to a new range of opportunities. Will's talent for woodcarving is discovered by a cabinetmaker and Cassie finds satisfaction in assisting Dr. Theobold. While the realities of Will's experiences are detailed, from his physical and emotional pain to his struggle to adapt to a wooden leg, there's a sense that when one door closes, another opens. Unfortunately, not as much focus is placed on Cassie's life, as the two stories often compete with one another. However, the overall message of triumph over adversity is handled in an uplifting and convincing manner.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A tragic accident leaves Will without a leg. Certain that he was destined for life as a farmer, Will feels agitated as he watches his brothers and father continue in the life he wanted. He and his sister Cassie decide to spend their winter with their older sister in a nearby city. There Will is able to see beyond what he considered a disability, exploring new career paths. Watching as her brother heals, Cassie is also forced to make some decisions regarding her own future, but life for a young girl in Maine in 1819 offers few options. Each chapter begins with a passage from Cassie's journal, offering a glimpse at the challenging decisions that face her and her whole family as they move past the tragedy and into the rest of their lives. Authentic historical details enrich the already fine writing. A treasure waiting to be found. (Fiction. 8-12)
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"A treasure waiting to be found." — Kirkus Reviews

"Authentic historical details enrich the already fine writing." — Kirkus Reviews

"The . . . message of triumph over adversity is . . . uplifting." — School Library Journal

"Limned with just the right amount of detail." — Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439136287
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 639,845
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lea Wait made her mystery debut with Shadows at the Fair, which was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Shadows on the Ivy, the third novel in her acclaimed series featuring Maggie Summer, is forthcoming in hardcover from Scribner. Lea comes from a long line of antiques dealers, and has owned an antique print business for more than twenty-five years. The single adoptive mother of four Asian girls who are now grown, she lives in Edgecomb, Maine. In addition to the Antique Print mysteries, Lea Wait writes historical fiction for young readers. Her first children's book, Stopping to Home, was named a Notable Book for Children in 2001 by Smithsonian magazine.
Visit her website at leawait.com.
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Introduction

ABOUT THE BOOK

The door to Will's cherished plans has been closed forever. What now lies ahead for him? After an awful accident, fifteen-year-old Will must decide what to do with his life. As he discovers his talent, his sister, Cassie, also learns there are more opportunities a young woman can pursue.

THEMES

Family life; Brothers and sisters; People with disabilities

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

• Why did Will's father tell him he could never be a farmer?

• What skill did Will acquire to help pass time?

• What kinds of opportunities were offered to Will in the city?

• Who did Will carve at the end of the story?

• How is life different in this book, set in the 1820s, than it is today?

• How do you think you would cope with such a disappointment as Will has in this book?

• How would the story be different if Will's accident occurred in modern times?

• What does it mean to "winter well"? How does this expression apply to Cassie and Will's story?

ACTIVITIES

• Since Will enjoyed whittling animals, make your favorite animal out of molding clay.

• Make Dr. Theobold's wife's favorite flower, a rose.

• Serve cider and molasses cakes after reading the description from the book.

• Several topics for research are available in the Historical Notes and in the book: Wiscasset, Maine; early medical procedures; Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell; Thanksgiving; New England farming techniques; ship figureheads; apothecaries.

• Design/sketch a figurehead you'd like to see on a ship.

This reading group guide is for classroom, library, and reading group use. It may bereproducedin its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.

Prepared by Lori Swiercinsky

© William Allen White Children's Book Award

Please visit http://www.emporia.edu/libsv/wawbookaward/ for more information about the awards and to see curriculum guides for other master list titles.

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Reading Group Guide

ABOUT THE BOOK

The door to Will's cherished plans has been closed forever. What now lies ahead for him? After an awful accident, fifteen-year-old Will must decide what to do with his life. As he discovers his talent, his sister, Cassie, also learns there are more opportunities a young woman can pursue.

THEMES

Family life; Brothers and sisters; People with disabilities

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

• Why did Will's father tell him he could never be a farmer?

• What skill did Will acquire to help pass time?

• What kinds of opportunities were offered to Will in the city?

• Who did Will carve at the end of the story?

• How is life different in this book, set in the 1820s, than it is today?

• How do you think you would cope with such a disappointment as Will has in this book?

• How would the story be different if Will's accident occurred in modern times?

• What does it mean to "winter well"? How does this expression apply to Cassie and Will's story?

ACTIVITIES

• Since Will enjoyed whittling animals, make your favorite animal out of molding clay.

• Make Dr. Theobold's wife's favorite flower, a rose.

• Serve cider and molasses cakes after reading the description from the book.

• Several topics for research are available in the Historical Notes and in the book: Wiscasset, Maine; early medical procedures; Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell; Thanksgiving; New England farming techniques; ship figureheads; apothecaries.

• Design/sketch a figurehead you'd like to see on a ship.

This reading group guide is for classroom, library, and reading group use. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.

Prepared by Lori Swiercinsky

© William Allen White Children's Book Award

Please visit http://www.emporia.edu/libsv/wawbookaward/ for more information about the awards and to see curriculum guides for other master list titles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2005

    Emotionally and historically accurate -- Highly recommended!

    A moving story of a brother who becomes disabled, and his sister, who caes for him. Does not gloss over difficulties, but makes their relationship -- and their challenges -- fascinating. Historical details, and a satisfying ending, make this book one of the best of the year. Read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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