That's How It Was
That's How It Was
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In 1968, ten-year-old Randy Ray lived with his family, in a farm house in the country. Life couldn’t have been better! Then came that fateful day of the class assignment . . . “Criminy!” At least that’s what Randy Ray thought at the time. But then, how could he have known that a class assignment would lead to captured moments in time waiting to be discovered by his daughters thirty-seven years later!

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  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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That’s How it Was starts off with a 12-year-old girl named Sarah and her 10-year-old sister, Mel, wondering what their father’s childhood was like. While the sisters are at their grandmother’s house, they look through boxes in the attic to search for information about their dad’s childhood. Sarah finds letters from her father to his future family which he was required to write for school, and while on her way home, she reads through them.

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When Sarah asked her grandma about what her father was like as a child, she never expected such an answer. After finding out from her grandma that her father had written a book for school about his life at the farm when he was younger, Sarah sets out to find it. As she reads through her father's adventures on the farm, she learns more and more about how his childhood was. When Randy Ray (Sarah's father) wrote his ME book, he never imagined his kids would actually read it. He was just writing down what he noticed and some of his memories.

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