ISBN-10: 1585363766
ISBN-13: 9781585363766
Author: Dallas, Sandra
Interest Level: 3-6
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

Publication Date: September 2018

Copyright: 2018

Page Count: 264

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Interest Level

Grades 3-6

Reading Level

Guided Reading: T
Lexile: 680L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.5
Accelerated Reader Points: 6.0

BISAC Subjects


JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century


In 1910, after losing their farm in Iowa, the Martin family moves to Mingo, Colorado, to start anew. The US government offers 320 acres of land free to homesteaders. All they have to do is live on the land for five years and farm it. So twelve-year-old Belle Martin, along with her mother and six siblings, moves west to join her father. But while the land is free, farming is difficult and it's a hardscrabble life. Natural disasters such as storms and locusts threaten their success. And heartbreaking losses challenge their faith. Do the Martins have what it takes to not only survive but thrive in their new prairie life? Told through the eyes of a twelve-year-old girl, this new middle-grade novel from New York Times-bestselling author Sandra Dallas explores one family's homesteading efforts in 1900s Colorado.
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