Miracles on Maple Hill
This historical book by Virginia Sorensen is published by Odyssey, Harcourt Young Classics, Harcourt Inc. and is written for kids ages 8 and up. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
Marly's dad is back from the war — but his experiences as a prisoner of war changed him. Hoping to restore her husband's zest for life, Marly's mom brings the family to her grandmother's house on quiet, rustic Maple Hill. The neighbors, Mr. Chris and his wife, Chrissie, welcome Marly's family and show them the essentials of their syrup-making business. Mr. Chris also teaches Marly and her brother, Joe, about animals, plants and the transformations in nature. As Marly witnesses the changing seasons, neighbors working together and her father's spirit healing, she becomes convinced that miracles do happen on Maple Hill.
Mr. Chris says he would swear on a Bible that the syrup Marly helped harvest during his illness tastes exactly like his.
Other Belief Systems
Mr. Chris tells Marly that witches supposedly used the blood from a particular root to kill people.
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Readability Age Range
8 and up
Odyssey, Harcourt Young Classics, Harcourt Inc.
Newbery Award Winner, 1957