Addie across the Prairie


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In 1883, nine-year-old Addie must unhappily and reluctantly move, with her parents, younger brothers George, Lew, and Burt, and baby sister Nellie May, away from her home in Sabula, IA, and her friend Eleanor, to Pa’s new claim in the Dakota Territory, right next to an Indian reservation. After braving the trip, she must care for her youngest brother as Ma, Pa, the older boys and their new friends Mr. and Mrs. Fency leave to build a home before winter comes. She is all alone with two year-old Burt when a terrifying prairie fire begins! How can she save herself and little Burt before the raging fire steals their home and their lives? And will she be able to adjust to life on the prairie? This is good historical fiction about how moving with their families from settled areas to the prairie wilderness affected children. The book has some sibling rivalry and sparring, where Addie’s brother George teases her and she replies, “I hate you,” but this is part of the plot that is eventually resolved in a satisfactory way. I especially liked the occasional reference to trusting in the Lord and the use of the hymn “Beulah Land.” This book is part of the American Sisters series.

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