Red-Dirt Jessie

Red-Dirt Jessie

by Anna Myers


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From the author of Tulsa Burning and Stolen by the Sea

A farm can be a lonely place when it’s filled with grief and worry. After Jessie’s little sister dies, her father just gives up on life. Caring about nothing, he sits and rocks all day long in grandmother’s old chair. With her mother struggling to keep the family afloat during the hard days of the dusty Depression, it is up to Jessie to breathe some life back into her family. But how can a twelve-year-old girl pull her father out of his chair and back to the land of the living? The answer comes to her in the form of Ring, a one-hundred-pound dog that was abandoned on a neighboring farm. Wary of people, Ring refuses to accept Jessie’s friendship or assistance. But Jessie is determined to win Ring’s trust. She just knows that if she can tame a fine dog like Ring, together they will have the power to heal her father’s broken spirit.

"Myers writes with a rare understanding of a young girl's highs and lows. The simplicity of the language goes right to the heart." --Kirkus Reviews

"An author worth keeping an eye on. . . This is a well-written, spare story." --School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140387346
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Anna Myers is the award-winning author of more than 15 novels for young readers. She is the recipient of four Oklahoma Book Awards for her books Red Dirt Jessie, Graveyard Girl, Assassin, and Spy. Myers was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame in 2013. She lives in Chandler, Oklahoma. To learn more, visit

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Red-Dirt Jessie 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mmuncy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Red-Dirt Jessie is by Oklahoma author Anna Myers. At the beginning of the book Jessie, the narrator of the story, tells us that her little sister Patsy has just died. After this Jessie begins to see the downward mental slide of her father. Jessie¿s aunt tells Jessie that the red dirt of Oklahoma ¿seeps under our skin and makes us too blamed stubborn to give up when things turn rough.¿ Throughout the book Jessie is trying to overcome her timidity. We can see that Jessie¿s mother is a strong woman who won¿t give up even though her child has just died and her husband has turned away from the world. Eventually Jessie realizes that she is a strong young woman and she helps to save her family¿s chickens from coyotes and wild dogs. In the process a wild dog comes after Jessie and her younger brother. Their father, luckily, decides to come back to the world and save them just in time.I liked this book. I did feel like it could be a longer story because at times it did feel rushed.Because the book is set in Oklahoma during the Depression, I would have the students find out more information on the Depression and the Dust Bowl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This review is about how i liked Red-Dirt was an interesting story and exspeacialy how it is started off. As the first line being 'My little sister is daed.' It is straight to the point about what thiis story will be based on. I think this plays a big part in this story. The best part was how Jessie and ring bring there father up.