The Middle Sister by Miriam E. Mason, 4th Scholastic paperback printing, TX471, 1966, 144 pages. Illustrated by Wayne Blickenstaff.
DESCRIPTION:“‘You are not afraid of anything, are you?’ Sarah Samantha asks her uncle.
Sarah Samantha wishes she were brave, too. But she isn’t. And so she makes a secret bargain with Uncle Romeo.
Part of the bargain has to do with an apple tree. But who would ever guess it would be so hard- and so scary- to guard an apple tree?” (from the back cover)