American Westward Settlement

Galewood Crossing
Just before warmhearted tomboy Tildy and her family—Mr. and Mrs. Gale, two older brothers and two older sisters and young Tommy—leave their home in Ohio for a tiny new settlement in the wilds of Wisconsin, Grandma says: “Lots of times, Tildy, things won’t seem very cheerful—they’ll seem pretty hard...Read more
First Farm in the Valley
Six-year-old Anna Pellowski’s older siblings, Jacob, Franciszek, Barney, Mary and Pauline are exposed to English at school, but only Polish is spoken at home. The younger children—Anna, Julian, Anton barely know a word of their new country’s language, but then neither do many of their neighbors...Read more
The Wide Horizon
In this second book about the Pierce family, more than five years have passed since their first moving into the Texas Panhandle. They have learned to live in a primitive sod house and have overcome—and even come to love—the odds that the land with its weather and unusual neighbors presents. Even so...Read more
Wisconsin farm life in the Latsch Valley of the 1930’s comes alive through the eyes of imaginative Anna Rose—a five-year-old girl who can’t wait to catch up with her four older siblings. While Anna Rose impatiently waits for the longed-for start of school, her days are filled with family work—...Read more
Winding Valley Farm
Life for six-year-old Annie Dorawa on Winding Valley Farm—just down the road from the Pellowskis’ “first farm in the valley”—is busy and happy. Then one day, Annie hears her father speak about not planting that year, but instead moving into town. Is it really possible that they might leave their...Read more
Copper Country Adventure
Sixteen-year-old Steve Harlow is on his own and nearly penniless in a remote area on the shores of Lake Superior—territory that is just now, in 1846, being developed for its copper riches. After leaving his widowed mother behind in Maine, Steve and his Uncle Mark had set off on the slow journey by...Read more
Debbie Barnes, Trader
Though Debby Barnes rode, hunted, dressed and worked more like a boy than a 15-year-old girl, she never forgot her dead mother’s admonition to “never let yourself down,” and strove to live up to the family’s motto: “We live forever.” This meant speaking good English, watching over her frivolous...Read more
The Stubborn Mare
On a savagely cold night in the mountains of Montana, a painfully injured mare and a runaway 16-year-old named Andy “Smith” enter the solitary life of Justin Allan. In his anxiety over the black horse, Justin ignores the mystery surrounding the quiet boy with the remarkable gift for working with...Read more
Polly Kent Rides West
On April 5, 1849 a wagon train is ready to leave Rock Island, Illinois, heading for California in search of gold. Among these hopeful pioneers—but ostracized because the train will take no women—is a young woman from Wabash River, below Terre Haute, traveling alone with her own light wagon. Polly...Read more