Frontier and pioneer life -- fiction

West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi

By Jim Murphy

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While traveling in 1883 with her Italian American family (including a meddlesome little sister) and other immigrant pioneers to a utopian community in Idaho, fourteen-year-old Teresa keeps a diary of her experiences along the way.
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Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell

By Kristiana Gregory

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In her diary, thirteen-year-old Hattie chronicles her family's arduous 1847 journey from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail.
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Jim Ugly

By Sid Fleischman

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The adventures of twelve-year-old Jake and Jim Ugly, his father's part-mutt, part-wolf dog, as they travel through the Old West trying to find out what really happened to Jake's actor father.
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The Cabin Faced West

By Jean Fritz

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Ann Hamilton's family has moved to the western frontier of Pennsylvania, and she misses her old home in Gettysburg. There are no girls her age on Hamilton Hill, and life is hard. But when the Hamiltons survive a terrible storm and receive a surprise visit from George Washington, Ann realizes that pioneer life is exciting and special.

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Little House in the Big Woods

By Laura Ingalls Wilder

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A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions with relatives and neighbors. First of the Little House series.

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Weaver's Daughter by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Weaver's Daughter by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Weaver’s Daughter, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, is a great story for mothers and daughters to share together!

Every fall Lizzy gets sick…very sick and no one knows why.  Each year it gets worse and worse.  It’s 1791, and doctors are expensive and hard to come by, and her family does not know what to do.  Lizzy just knows that she won’t be able to get better when it happens again this year.  What did families do back then when their children were sick?  They didn’t know about asthma and allergies.

The Bluebird and the Sparrow

By Janette Oke

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Berta has always felt plain and unloved compared to her younger sister Glenna. Always considered the dependable one, she hides her true feelings away. Her relationship with her sister grows more and more distant until the day she must look at herself and discover just what the difference is between them.
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Love Comes Softly

By Janette Oke

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After her husband dies unexpectedly, Marty enters into a marriage of convenience with Clark, who needs a mother for his young daughter, Missie. Together they learn that love comes softly.

Also available on video. First of a series.

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Faith

By Lori Copeland

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When tomboy Faith arrives in Deliverance, Texas, to be a mail-order bride to rancher Nicholas Shepherd, they immediately begin to clash. As they begin to grow closer and closer, a series of misadventures keeps postponing the wedding, threatening to end the marriage before it even begins. Beginning of a series.
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My Antonia

By Willa Cather

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Against Nebraska's panoramic landscape, "My Antonia" recreates the life of an immigrant girl who becomes, in the memories of the narrator, the ideal of strong and resourceful womanhood and a figure of salvation.
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