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Paradise Lost
No more summers at my grandparents’ Idaho farm
author image For Atl, spending summers and holidays at his grandparent’s Idaho farm with its “endless hillsides and fields,” meant escaping the city’s chaos. When he finds out his grandparents must sell the farm, he is emotionally unprepared.

It was a stifling hot summer day at my grandparents’ house in Idaho. My brother and I didn’t want to run around or ride bikes. Instead we walked in the shade... [more]

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