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The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Set in the wild and beautiful interior of the Florida scrublands in the late 1800s, The Yearling follows one year in the life of young Jody Baxter and the young pet he has so desperately longed for, a fawn whom he names Flag. Throughout this tale of Jody's love for his pet, the reader encounters rich descriptions of natural beauty and thrilling accounts of adventure and danger. In the end, however, harsh reality requires Jody to make the most difficult decision of his young life.

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