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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 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.

Summer on the Sun-Up

The Ranch with the Quarter-Circle-Three-Bar Brand

Authored by Margaret Jane Jones

The Ranch with the Quarter-Circle-Three-Bar Brand

Theme: A young American family works together to save their ranch and to help fight World War II on the home front.
Middle Grades Ages: 8-12
Historical Fiction

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, Jane hangs on and survives.

Publication Date:
1456503375 / 9781456503376
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / 20th Century

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