The boy doubts Sassafras Springs has much to offer, but rises to ... The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springsis available in hardcover from Atheneum Books for Young Readers, a division of Simon & Schuster and in paperback from Aladdin Paperbacks, a division of Simon & Schuster. In this fun, folksy outing set in 1923, 12-year-old Eben McAllister has seven days to find seven wonders in Sassafras Springs, Mo. Convinced that his ordinary berg has nothing on the Seven Wonders of the World, Eben reluctantly accepts his father's challenge: "I just think there's no use searching the world for Wonders when you can't see the marvels right under your own nose." The most obvious clues to the inspirations for THE SEVEN WONDERS OF SASSAFRAS SPRINGS are right there in the book's dedication: To the many wonderful storytellers in my family, especially my father, Ed Griesbaum, who has preserved the stories of two families and carved a magic village of his own.
Aunt Pretty. missed out on finding a husband; cares for Eben; makes clothespin people.