Farmer Boy Goes West, by Heather Williams

Summary: After moving from Malone, New York, to Spring Valley, Minnesota, in the 1870s, fourteen-year-old Almanzo Wilder, who would grow up to become the husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and his family must decide whether to stay out west or return home to the life they have always known.
Harper
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3 Responses

  1. I really liked this book. I think Heather Williams did an excellent job on accuracy. I read the author’s note and she did a lot of research to make sure it was not going to contradict things already said and written. My favorite part was the Basket Auction. I think a coming of age story fits perfectly with Almanzo. The charactors were so vivid that at the end of the book you can tell how they will react to many different situations.

  2. i also read the authors note and realized how much thought was put into making this book accurate and i think that she did a great job. I connected with every character and found the plot interesting. The way every place was described so well made it seem like i too had been there. this is a great book that is definitely newbery worthy.

  3. Yes, a great book, I agree with Krista and Claire. The setting was thoughtfully described, and even though the it didn’t mention the actual date until the middle of the book, it still made it clear that you were around that time period. I could glean from the text that it was after the War of Southern Aggression (Civil War), but not too far from it. In my point of view, I think it definitely has a chance to win the Newbery.

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