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The Hungry YearI really enjoyed Crook’s first book – The Hungry Year. 12 year old Kate, her 4 year old twin brothers and her father have moved north to Canada after the Revolutionary War. When they arrive, it is almost winter and they have little time to prepare. Kate must shoulder all of the responsibility for keeping up their home and raising the boys, with little respect or appreciation from her father for her hard work. When her father fails to come home with much-needed food, Kate becomes responsible for keeping her brothers alive.

The Perilous YearThe first book was a well-written, believable juvenile fiction novel. Its sequel, The Perilous Year, was not. The sequel spent too much time re-hashing events from the first book, and the “adventures” in the second book seemed contrived rather than based in reality.