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If you like books about Frontier Life

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman

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If you like books about frontier life, here are some titles you might enjoy.

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
California Morning Whipple describes her family's six-year stay in a small mining town during the Gold Rush. Her mother, a restless widow with an acid tongue, has uprooted her children from their home in Massachusetts to make a new life in Lucky Diggins. California rebels by renaming herself Lucy and by hoarding the gold dust and money she earns baking dried apple and vinegar pies, saving up for a journey home. Over years of toil and hardship, Lucy realizes, somewhat predictably, that home is wherever she makes one. (catalog summary)


The Boy Who Saved Cleveland: Based on A True Story
by James Cross Giblin
During a malaria epidemic in late eighteenth-century Cleveland, Ohio, ten-year-old Seth Doan surprises his family, his neighbors, and himself by having the strength to carry and grind enough corn to feed everyone. (catalog summary)


The Golly Sisters Go West
by Betsy Cromer Byars
May-May and Rose, the singing, dancing Golly sisters, travel west by covered wagon, entertaining people along the way. (catalog summary)


The Journal of Jedediah Barstow, An Emigrant on the Oregon Trail, Overland, 1845
by Ellen Levine
In his 1845 diary, thirteen-year-old orphan Jedediah describes his wagon train journey to Oregon, in which he confronts rivers and sandy plains, bears and rattlesnakes, and the challenges of living with his fellow travelers. Includes historical notes. (catalog summary)



One Came Home
by Amy Timberlake
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters. (catalog summary)



A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of A Pioneer Family in 1840
by Barbara Greenwood
In an unusual blend of fiction and nonfiction, A Pioneer Sampler chronicles one year in the lives of the imaginary Robinson family. The stories illuminate not only pioneer farm life, but situations-dealing with the school bully, competition between siblings-that occur in any era. Illustrated historical notes enlarge on the social history and describe activities related to the stories, from operating a grist mill and arranging a country store to spinning wool and making butter. (catalog summary)


Prairie Girl: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by William Anderson
A biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "Little House" books, from her Wisconsin childhood until her death at the age of ninety. (catalog summary)




Rachel's Journal: The Story of A Pioneer Girl
by Marissa Moss
In her journal, Rachel chronicles her family's adventures traveling by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail in 1850.





The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Mystery by Kathleen Ernst
When Kirsten's new friend Erik disappears, she has to figure out whether he ran away to get out of some promises he made, or whether something else has happened. (catalog summary)






Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay. (catalog summary)