When Newton's parents declared he was to spend his summer on a farm in Michigan -- and practice his flute every day -- Newton was miserable. He was "citified" and he liked it. But when he arrived at his grandparents' farm and found his chief companion was to be a girl, he was mortified! Newton hated his flute, but he hated girls beyond anything.
To add injury to insult, Newton found himself in competition with the girl Cassy for his grandfather's prize possession: a magnificent saber from the Civil War. The better farmer by the end of the summer would win the prize, and since Cassy was already an experienced farmer, and also more athletic, luckier, and meaner than Newton, the outcome seemed inevitable. But then, Cassy didn't have a ghost on her side .
Readers will find Newton irresistible (though Cassy had a different opinion, at first). This hilarious tale -- from the first use of Grandfather Pierce's zany invention, the Pierce Mechanical Boy Chastiser, to Cassy's supreme trickery -- is an unforgettable delight.