SUMMER ON THE SUN-UP
The Ranch with the Quarter-Circle-Three-Bar Brand
Theme: An American family works together to help save the ranch and fight World War II on the home front.
Middle Grades Ages: 8-12
Summer on the Sun-Up is the story of a family struggling to fight foreclosure on their cattle ranch and to do their part for the country at war. A young Jane Eaton tells of the family's adventures of that summer of 1943 — a round up, a cattle auction, and a strange accident at The Dalles Ferry. She tells of the family's sorrowful good-bye to Uncle Robbie as he goes off to war. She tells of 14-year-old cousin Scott who plays practical jokes, reads minds, and learns to drive the wheat truck. Here are strong men — optimistic Dad, grumpy Grandpa, the fiery Red Evans baling hay, and brave "Pops" sailing in the Pacific with the navy. Here is Mother who wanted to be a librarian, but now keeps the ranch books, races to smooth the rocky path for everyone else, and grows a Victory Garden. Here is Ann, high-spirited 12-year-old sister and sidekick. Here is five-year-old Ellie with a voice that flits like a moth, and who names the new bull. Youngest is three-year-old Tom, who gathers up scrap metal for the war and chases cows with his stick. Summer on the Sun-Up is a story set in Klickitat County in the State of Washington. It follows Jane as she promises to work even harder to help save the ranch. She does not give up.
Like the country, she hangs on and survives.
Summer on the Sun-Up is the story of a young family on a little ranch caught-up in a big war. It captures the best of the American spirit.
About the Author
Margaret Jane Jones is the author of Summer on the Sun-Up, a novel of historical fiction for middle grade readers 8-12. She based the story, in part, on many events she experienced while growing up on a cattle and wheat ranch in the Klickitat Valley in the State of Washington. She is a graduate of Washington State University.
Ms. Jones taught elementary school in the states of Oklahoma, Virginia, and Florida. As a Fulbright Exchange teacher, she taught in Yorkshire, England. She wrote Summer on the Sun-Up inspired by questions her students often asked, such as: “What did you do on your ranch when you were a girl before there were computers and television?”
Margaret Jane Jones is married and divides her time between Florida and New Hampshire. She is devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, and a large extended family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this book. No fantasy. No sexual material. No violence. This fine book by Margaret Jane Jones is the story of a family on a ranch in the American West during World War II. It has it all.......it is funny......it is historically accurate.......it tells of the undaunted American Spirit during that time of world war. I highly recommend it to parents and their children or grandchildren.