Jim Heynen's novel about Henry and Gretchen, two youngest children in rural Iowa, is a wonderful summer story filled with details of farm life featuring a strange old couple, obnoxious older siblings, perplexing parents, a tornado, and a lamb named Sixer. But it's also a beautifully written and thought-provoking meditation on what it means to be the youngest child.

Being Youngest 2000, HarperTrophy, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780380732043

Trade paperback

Being Youngest 1997, Henry Holt & Company, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780805054866