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Sarah, Plain and Tall Series
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Number of Books in Series: 5
Age Group: 8 - 12 years

Reading Level: AR Levels 2.8-3.4
GLE 2.4-4.2
DRA 24-40
Lexile® measure 550L-650L

Jacob Witting, a widowed farmer who lost his wife several years earlier and is still saddened by that loss has a hard time taking care of his farm and two children alone, and so writes an ad in the newspaper for a mail-order bride. Sarah answers his ad and travels from Main to Kansas to meet Jacob and his children, Anna and Caleb.

Sarah, Plain and Tall Book List:

This series should be read in the correct order listed here.

Book 1: Sarah, Plain and Tall
Ages 8-12. April 25, 1985.
AR: 3.4 (1.0 Point, Quiz #137);  GLE: 4.2
F&P/GRL: R;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 650L

Book 2: Skylark
Ages 8-12. March 30, 1994.
AR: 3.2 (1.0 Point, Quiz #10209);  GLE: 3.3
F&P/GRL: R;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 620L

Book 3: Caleb's Story
Ages 8-12. September 18, 2001.
AR: 2.9 (2.0 Points, Quiz #53784);  GLE: 3.1
F&P/GRL: R;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 570L

Book 4: More Perfect than the Moon
Ages 8-12. August 3, 2004.
AR: 2.8 (1.0 Point, Quiz #79347);  GLE: 3.2
F&P/GRL: R;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 560L

Book 5: Grandfather's Dance
Ages 8-12. September 5, 2006.
AR: 3.1 (1.0 Point, Quiz #111514);  GLE: 2.4
F&P/GRL: R;  DRA: 24
Lexile measure: 550L

Book Sets: Sets of Up to 5 Books

List of Awards:

1984 American Library Association Notable Book
1985 National Council for Social Studies/Children's Book Council Notable Children's Trade Book
1985 Horn Book Honor List
1985 Golden Kite Award
1985 Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
1985 School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year
1985 New York Times Notable Children's Books of the Year
1986 Newbery Medal
1986 Virginia Library Association Jefferson Cup Award
1986 Christopher Award
1986 Child Study Association of America's Children's Books of the Year
1988 New Jersey Library Association Garden State Children's Book Award

Film/Television/Theatrical Adaptations:

1991 TV Movie: Sarah, Plain and Tall
1993 TV Movie: Skylark
1999 TV Movie: Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End
2002 Musical: Sarah, Plain and Tall

Other Websites for Additional Information:

Author Website for Patricia MacLachlan


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