Lost Goat Lane
by Rosa Jordan
For thirteen-year-old Kate, being poor in a small rural Florida town means feeling ashamed and isolated. At school, her classmates laugh at her old clothes and worn shoes. Things are not much better at home. Kate’s mother is working long hours at a dairy farm to keep food on the table. Kate has to keep an eye on her brothers—Justin is old enough to talk about running away, and Chip is young enough to keep wandering off.
But one day, the family’s goat gets loose and wanders down the road. That’s when Kate meets the Wilsons, a tight knit, middle-class African-American family. Kate is particularly drawn to Ruby, the glamorous grown daughter who has returned home from New York City. As Kate begins to spend time with Ruby in town she becomes aware of the undercurrent of discrimination and prejudice that runs through her community, and the complex roles of race and class in her own relationships.
Rosa Jordan offers readers a gripping, empathetic tale of how two families come together despite small town prejudices and cultural differences. In doing so, she provides a window into the larger problems in America, where class and race often divide people.
Total Pages: 192
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Age Range: 8 – 12
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AR Quiz#: 82400
AR Reading Level: 4.6
AR Points: 8
F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: W
F&P Grade: 6
Reading Counts Level: 4.6
Reading Counts Points: 13
Reading Counts Interest Level: 3-5
“Jordan complements Kate’s genuineness with an interesting locale, filled with threatening alligators and wily farm animals, intergenerational friendship, and a meaningful lesson in tolerance. A treat for middle readers.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A tender, satisfying offering.” ―School Library Journal
“Jordan packs a lot of moral complications and wisdom into a well-crafted and often suspenseful story… Her characterizations are multilayered and believable.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (middle school/junior high) ―Kansas National Education Association 2005
Meet the Author
Rosa Jordan holds degrees from Santa Monica Junior College, UCLA, and the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. She is the author of Cycling Cuba and Dangerous Places: Travels on the Edge and the director of the social justice program for Earthways Foundation. She lives in Canada.