The House of Fifers Author:Rebecca Caudill Fifteen-year-old Monica is furious when her father insists on her spending the summer with her relatives, the Fifers, on their Kentucky farm. Five years ago, as a girl of ten, she had loved it and adored her cousin Nancy, the same age. But now Nancy's letters are full of 4-H projects and it seems impossibly dull to be buried in the country, far ... more »away from her crowd's gay parties, rides in a red convertible, and a report card full of C's and D's.
The farm is just as dull as Monica feared. There seems nothing for her to do, although her cousins are always working at something. Worse, a terrible drought has burned the grain in the fields, and things are going hard for the Fifers. Yet, in spite of herself, Monica is drawn into the daily life. She discovers she wants the approval of her older cousin, Corky, but she has to gain it the hard way. With her wise aunt to guide her, she begins to fit in.
The day of the circus brings Monica's feelings to a climax. With the two small boys, her cousins, she finds herself in a situation she has never faced in her fifteen years. How she meets it, and how she becomes a part of a wonderful family, makes a fine story that has genuine flavor, warmth, and a quality not often found in a book for the early teens.« less