Hardscrabble
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.

Hardscrabble Details

TitleHardscrabble
Author
ReleaseMar 15th, 2018
PublisherSleeping Bear Press
ISBN-139781534122918
Rating
GenreChildrens, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Did Not Finish, Fiction

Hardscrabble Review

  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    Public library copyI loved it, because I was a big fan of LHOTP, and this had good details about living in a sod house and homesteading. However, I can't get Hattie Big Sky to circulate, and the cover on this is rather dark and depressing, so I won't purchase.
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  • Teri Parks
    January 1, 1970
    Little House on the Prairie in Colorado! It's a Hardscrabble life.I was hooked on this book by page three and couldn't put it down! I tried to imagine being a young reader while reading this book and it made me think about just how hard life was back in the beginning of last century, especially in the Western Plains-Rocky Mountain region. Could I have survived? Could I have lived without all the luxuries I take for granted today? Would I be strong and independent, or would it be too much for me Little House on the Prairie in Colorado! It's a Hardscrabble life.I was hooked on this book by page three and couldn't put it down! I tried to imagine being a young reader while reading this book and it made me think about just how hard life was back in the beginning of last century, especially in the Western Plains-Rocky Mountain region. Could I have survived? Could I have lived without all the luxuries I take for granted today? Would I be strong and independent, or would it be too much for me to handle?Wonderfully scripted, full of several female characters who prove that women can be just as strong as men and independent, and a storyline that constantly moves along, this story will keep a young female reader wanting to keep turning the pages.I can honestly say I have not been this excited about a book since Nora Roberts Year One. (That's some pretty good company to be in!)Thank you to Amy Patrick at Sleeping Bear Press for the opportunity to receive the Advanced Reader Copy of this delightful book! I am so honored!
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  • Donna Reedy
    January 1, 1970
    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book).LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!!
  • Laura Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting.
  • WKPL Children's/YA Books
    January 1, 1970
    Miss Jen read this historical fiction book. Perfect for 4th-7th grade. Great description of the time period and the struggles. Cried a few times and couldn't put it down!
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