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The entire ranch is thirsty-will the rains ever come?Tomboy Charlie loves the ranch and the outdoors, especially now that she has a horse of her own and can ride like a true cowboy. She doesnt understand why her mother keeps after her to help out inMoreThe entire ranch is thirsty-will the rains ever come?Tomboy Charlie loves the ranch and the outdoors, especially now that she has a horse of her own and can ride like a true cowboy. She doesnt understand why her mother keeps after her to help out in the house, too. But ranch life is hard, especially when theres a drought. There isnt enough water for the crops or cattle, and horrible dust storms sweep away the soil. If it doesnt rain soon, her family could lose everything. Charlie must learn that on a ranch, everyones job is important if they are to survive-and that a good cowboy always obeys orders.This classic story depicts Texas ranch life during the droughts of the early twentieth century, as one girl tries to find her place in the world. Charlottes] love of horses and the ranch, her escapades and her problems make good reading for the horse-loving girls of the present. -The Horn Book MagazineBorn in Springfield, Ohio, in 1893, Lois Lenski achieved acclaim as both an author and illustrator of childrens literature. For her Regional America series, Lenski traveled to each of the places that became a subject of one of her books. She did meticulous research and spoke with children and adults in the various regions to create stories depicting the lives of the inhabitants of those areas. Her novel of Florida farm life, Strawberry Girl, won the Newbery Award in 1946. She also received a Newbery Honor in 1942 for Indian Captive, a fictionalized account of the life of Mary Jemison. Lenski died in 1974.