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edition:Paperback
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category: Children's Fiction
published: Nov 2017
ISBN:9781459814226
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Black Gold

by Sara Cassidy, illustrated by Helen Flook

tagged: country life, chapter books, humorous stories
Description

Cyrus and Rudy spend the last days of summer selling dahlias, blackberries and tomatoes at their roadside stand. When a neighbor drops off a bin full of red wigglers, California earthworms that break down compost into fertilizer, Rudy and Cyrus become worm moguls as they discover just how in demand the Eisenia fetida are.

Black Gold is the third book featuring Cyrus and Rudy’s adventures on the farm, following Not for Sale and Blackberry Juice.

About the Authors

Sara Cassidy is a poet, journalist and novelist and the author of six books for young readers, including Double Play and Skylark. Her books have been selected for the Junior Library Guild, and she has been a finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. She has also won a National Magazine Award (Gold) for a piece in Today’s Parent. Sara has taught at Camosun College and she is co-founder and past artistic director of the Victoria Writers Festival.


Sara Cassidy is a poet, journalist and novelist and the author of six books for young readers, including Double Play and Skylark. Her books have been selected for the Junior Library Guild, and she has been a finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. She has also won a National Magazine Award (Gold) for a piece in Today’s Parent. Sara has taught at Camosun College and she is co-founder and past artistic director of the Victoria Writers Festival.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 8
Awards
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
Editorial Reviews

"A happy, light-hearted story."

— Resource Links

"Cassidy's writing style carefully captures the struggles and joys of her characters as they experience new things, make mistakes and face challenges. The illustrations that accompany the text add to the reading experience and will engage young readers."

— CM Magazine

"Rudy has anxiety issues…This loving family, however, knows how to work together to help Rudy with his worries. Their calm and wise approach is just one of the winning aspects of this simple, down-to-earth (literally, with all the worms) early chapter book that's jam-packed with likable, well-realized characters and a compassionate but never didactic message. A worthy addition to collections for budding readers."

— Kirkus Reviews

"This contemporary, fish-out-of-water tale is straightforward and engaging. The characters are fully developed and relatable…The pencil artwork is spare yet adds to the story. Educators will welcome this solid tale packed with facts about rural life…The language is easy and will appeal to reluctant readers. A strong addition to chapter book collections. This slender title is abundant in its depictions of fear, loss, and respect for nature. "

— School Library Journal
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