At The Wheat Line

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In the 1970’s, on American farms, especially on wheat farms in Oregon, the main part of the work was done by teenagers:  boys driving huge combines, girls driving trucks. Kids and big machines mixed with steep terrain and the heat and dust of harvest will surely lead to dangerous mishaps.

In AT THE WHEAT LINE,  eighteen-year-old Carly Lang drives one of those trucks as part of a harvest crew that moves from farm-to-farm cutting the wheat and getting it to storage. In the time between last harvest and now, Carly’s mother died has died and Carly’s dad will hardly talk about her mom.  Her friends have gotten tired of her sadness, and people in the town of Springs are still whispering about the car accident that was her mother’s fault and that also took another woman’s life.  Now Carly is spending her summer making enough money to get out of Springs and go to college and not repeat her mother’s life. But this summer isn’t like last summer and when a new boy from the city joins the harvest crew, things in the tinder-dry fields are ready to ignite.