Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
Sweet Home Alaska (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2016) by Carole Estby Dagg is a fun and interesting historical read. I never realized there were pioneers as recent as 1935 until I read this book!
Here's a brief summary of the story:
Terpsichore's father is out of work like so many men during the Depression. He's determined not to go on relief, so when he finds out about a chance to resettle in Alaska, he's willing to take it. Unfortunately, since he isn't on relief, the family's not eligible. Terpsichore's best friend and family are going, however, so she secretly fills out the paperwork. Yes, they end up in Alaska, but nothing goes according to plan. And what's Terpsichore to do when her mother doesn't want to stay?
This book is a Junior Library Guild selection. It is reminiscent of the main character's favorite books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I love that the author included how she came to write the story on her website.