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Broken Acres by Joyce Proctor Beaman.

Signed by the author.

Jacket design and illustrations by Mary Goslen.

Published by John F. Blair in 1976 (second printing).



146 pages / 5.6 x 7.9 x .6 inches / 14 x 20 x 1.6 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

Protective plastic covering over the dust jacket. Price corner of dust jacket was clipped off.

A bit of speckled staining that you can see along the edges of the pages when the book is closed.

Writing in pen on back endpapers.


Melody lived on a tobacco farm in eastern North Carolina, and, like most girls of twelve, looked forward to becoming a teenager. Then, perhaps, she would be better able to solve a problem that had concerned her for four years, ever since her little brother Teddy had been born with a painful deformity. Only an ear specialist with superior skills could help Teddy, she knew. But there was no such doctor in Wilson, and it was doubtful that her family could afford his services even if one were found.

Money was scarce in the community where Melody lived, and there was much for all but the youngest children on the farm to do when tobacco season was at hand. Melody would get part of the money from the last priming of the tobacco if the crop were successful, and she could add this to the nest-egg she was collecting for Teddy's treatment.

Melody's ingenuity and a black youth's heroic courage in a moment of crisis have lasting effects on the lives of everyone concerned and bring about an unexpected solution to the problem of Teddy's ear.

In addition to telling an exciting story, this book gives an intimate picture of life on a tobacco farm in the mid-1950's and of the trials of a farmer whose very livelihood is dependent on the whim of elements over which he has no control.

Broken Acres by Joyce Proctor Beaman, illustrated by Mary Goslen - signed by the author

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