Soon-to-be fifth-grader Gabriel spends his summer trying to overcome fears of spiders and sixth graders, but when his best friend is threatened with a Ku Klux Klan visit, fear takes on a very different look.
Through the eyes of an exuberant Ojibwa girl, readers experience the thrill of the rice harvest and other seasonal celebrations, the daily joys and frustrations of family life in 1847, and the fearsome changes coming to her Lake Superior island home with the "chimookomanug," the white people.
Set in a 1912 Newfoundland fishing village, this is old-fashioned in all the best ways: a page-turning plot; a likable heroine facing tough choices with courage and humor; loving, principled parents; and a great dog, in both size and heart.
Soft Rain is 9 years old when her life changes. Without warning, white soldiers arrive at her house. They command Soft Rain and her mother to come with them, taking only the possessions they can instantly pack and carry. They are forced to leave behind Soft Rain's blind grandmother, her father and brother, and even her puppy. This is the inspiring story of Soft Rain's courage and determination.
When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems.