SUMMER ON THE SUN-UP The Ranch with the Quarter-Circle-Three-Bar Brand Theme: A young American family works together to save their ranch and to help fight World War II on the home front. Middle Grades Ages: 8-12 Historical Fiction Summer on the Sun-Up is the story of a family struggling to fight foreclosure on their cattle ranch and to do their part for the country at war. A young Jane Eaton tells of the family's adventures of that summer of 1943 - a round up, a cattle auction, and a strange accident at The Dalles Ferry. She tells of the family's sorrowful good-bye to Uncle Robbie as he goes off to war. She tells of 14-year-old cousin Scott who plays practical jokes, reads minds, and learns to drive the wheat truck. Here are strong men - optimistic Dad, grumpy Grandpa, the fiery Red Evans baling hay, and brave Pops sailing in the Pacific with the navy. Here is Mother who wanted to be a librarian, but w keeps the ranch books, races to smooth the rocky path for everyone else, and grows a Victory Garden. Here is Ann, high-spirited 12-year-old sister and sidekick. Here is five-year-old Ellie with a voice that flits like a moth, and who names the new bull. Youngest is three-year-old Tom, who gathers up scrap metal for the war and chases cows with his stick. Summer on the Sun-Up is a story set in Klickitat County in the State of Washington. It follows Jane as she promises to work even harder to help save the ranch. She does t give up. Like the country, Jane hangs on and survives.
Margaret Jane Jones is the author of SUMMER ON THE SUN-UP, a novel of historical fiction for middle grade readers 8-12. She based the story, in part, on many events she experienced while growing up on a cattle and wheat ranch in Klickitat Valley in the State of Washington. She is a graduate of Washington State University. Ms. Jones taught elementary school in the states of Oklahoma, Virginia, and Florida. As a Fulbright Exchange teacher, she taught in Yorkshire, England. She wrote SUMMER ON THE SUN-UP inspired by questions her students often asked, such as: What did you do on your ranch when you were a girl before there were computers and television? Margaret Jane Jones is married and divides her time between Florida and New Hampshire. She is devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, and a large extended family.