Hardscrabble

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 i In 1910, after losing their farm in Iowa, the Martin family moves to Mingo, Colorado, to start anew. The US government of...

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Title:Hardscrabble
Author:Sandra Dallas
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1534122915
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:264 pages pages

Hardscrabble Reviews

  • Tracy
    Oct 10, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

    3.5 stars but rounded down ...

    This middle grades book was interesting, although the ending was abrupt. I really like Sandra Dallas' voice/writing style. Adults will find this book somewhat predictable. It was a comfort read. ...

    Good story about pioneer times. ...

    This was like a Laura Ingalls book except they have more troubles than the Ingalls, although they also had similar trouble (locusts and hail and being very poor). ...

  • Kirsten
    Jun 05, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

    3.5 stars but rounded down ...

    This middle grades book was interesting, although the ending was abrupt. I really like Sandra Dallas' voice/writing style. Adults will find this book somewhat predictable. It was a comfort read. ...

    Good story about pioneer times. ...

    This was like a Laura Ingalls book except they have more troubles than the Ingalls, although they also had similar trouble (locusts and hail and being very poor). ...

    Excellent Young Adult novel set in Colorado-would be a good choice for Battle of the Books. ...

    I've read a lot of books about pioneers, and this one is just fine - but nothing special. A tad predictable too. ...

  • Celeste
    Sep 25, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

    3.5 stars but rounded down ...

    This middle grades book was interesting, although the ending was abrupt. I really like Sandra Dallas' voice/writing style. Adults will find this book somewhat predictable. It was a comfort read. ...

    Good story about pioneer times. ...

    This was like a Laura Ingalls book except they have more troubles than the Ingalls, although they also had similar trouble (locusts and hail and being very poor). ...

    Excellent Young Adult novel set in Colorado-would be a good choice for Battle of the Books. ...

    I've read a lot of books about pioneers, and this one is just fine - but nothing special. A tad predictable too. ...

    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! ...

    I enjoyed this look at homesteading and cared what happened to the characters, but sometimes I felt like it was rushed. ...

  • Vicki
    May 29, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

  • Catherine
    Apr 15, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

  • Anne Slater
    May 01, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 23, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

  • Megan  Fox
    Jun 18, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

    3.5 stars but rounded down ...

  • Emily Ross
    Jul 17, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

    3.5 stars but rounded down ...

    This middle grades book was interesting, although the ending was abrupt. I really like Sandra Dallas' voice/writing style. Adults will find this book somewhat predictable. It was a comfort read. ...

    Good story about pioneer times. ...

    This was like a Laura Ingalls book except they have more troubles than the Ingalls, although they also had similar trouble (locusts and hail and being very poor). ...

    Excellent Young Adult novel set in Colorado-would be a good choice for Battle of the Books. ...

    I've read a lot of books about pioneers, and this one is just fine - but nothing special. A tad predictable too. ...

    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! ...

    I enjoyed this look at homesteading and cared what happened to the characters, but sometimes I felt like it was rushed. ...

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  • Audreygold
    Jul 16, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

  • Leane
    Jun 12, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

  • Ruth Ann
    May 21, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

  • Sue
    Jun 07, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

  • Colleen
    Sep 11, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

  • Jean Cable
    Jul 28, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

    3.5 stars but rounded down ...

    This middle grades book was interesting, although the ending was abrupt. I really like Sandra Dallas' voice/writing style. Adults will find this book somewhat predictable. It was a comfort read. ...

    Good story about pioneer times. ...

  • Dona
    Jul 24, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

  • Bo
    Sep 09, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

    3.5 stars but rounded down ...

    This middle grades book was interesting, although the ending was abrupt. I really like Sandra Dallas' voice/writing style. Adults will find this book somewhat predictable. It was a comfort read. ...

    Good story about pioneer times. ...

    This was like a Laura Ingalls book except they have more troubles than the Ingalls, although they also had similar trouble (locusts and hail and being very poor). ...

    Excellent Young Adult novel set in Colorado-would be a good choice for Battle of the Books. ...

    I've read a lot of books about pioneers, and this one is just fine - but nothing special. A tad predictable too. ...

    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! ...

    I enjoyed this look at homesteading and cared what happened to the characters, but sometimes I felt like it was rushed. ...

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  • Barb Martin
    May 20, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

  • QNPoohBear
    Apr 30, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

  • Donna Reedy
    Mar 15, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

  • Susan P
    Jul 13, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

  • LeeAnn
    Jun 01, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

  • Diana Biggs
    May 21, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

    3.5 stars but rounded down ...

    This middle grades book was interesting, although the ending was abrupt. I really like Sandra Dallas' voice/writing style. Adults will find this book somewhat predictable. It was a comfort read. ...

    Good story about pioneer times. ...

    This was like a Laura Ingalls book except they have more troubles than the Ingalls, although they also had similar trouble (locusts and hail and being very poor). ...

    Excellent Young Adult novel set in Colorado-would be a good choice for Battle of the Books. ...

  • Lynne Cote
    May 19, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

    3.5 stars but rounded down ...

    This middle grades book was interesting, although the ending was abrupt. I really like Sandra Dallas' voice/writing style. Adults will find this book somewhat predictable. It was a comfort read. ...

    Good story about pioneer times. ...

    This was like a Laura Ingalls book except they have more troubles than the Ingalls, although they also had similar trouble (locusts and hail and being very poor). ...

    Excellent Young Adult novel set in Colorado-would be a good choice for Battle of the Books. ...

    I've read a lot of books about pioneers, and this one is just fine - but nothing special. A tad predictable too. ...

    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! ...

    I enjoyed this look at homesteading and cared what happened to the characters, but sometimes I felt like it was rushed. ...

    ...

  • Jamie
    Jun 26, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

  • Teri Parks
    Mar 07, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

  • Jamie VanMersbergen
    Aug 02, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

    3.5 stars but rounded down ...

    This middle grades book was interesting, although the ending was abrupt. I really like Sandra Dallas' voice/writing style. Adults will find this book somewhat predictable. It was a comfort read. ...

  • Laura Murphy
    Mar 22, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

  • WKPL Children's/YA Books
    Mar 21, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...

    Written for children, Sandra Dallas' "Hardscrabble" is a little more "Little House on the Prairie" than I typically would want in a novel. However, I enjoy Dallas generally, so this book about a family trying to survive as Colorado homesteaders was fine. We get a dose of deja vu in ...

    YA novel about a homesteading family who moves from Iowa to Colorado in the early 1900s. The story is told mostly from the perspective of 12-year-old Belle, who embraces life in a sod house with her parents and six siblings, while her older sister and mother are plucky but less enthusi...

    4 stars. If like me, you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, then this is a book you should check out. The time frame is a little later (1910) and the setting is Colorado, but many of the same themes of homesteading play out here. This life is indeed "hardscrabble,"...

    The Martin family has a hardscrabble life when they first start out their new homesteading life in Colorado. I liked the aspect of Lizzie being a single woman homesteading. Reminded me a lot of the Little House books. ...

    This was a well-written book, but it was written for a grade-school-age audience. ...

    Simple (of course, since it's a young adult book). LOVE Sandra Dallas's books!! ...

    This is set in 1910 and about a family that homesteaded in Colorado after losing their farm in Iowa. Easy read. The plot is way too predictable. ...

    Family moves to Colorado to homestead in the 1910, so we get a look at their first to years of living outside of Mingo, Colorado. Interesting ...

    It's... fine. If you like homesteader stories. But the characters are kinda flat. ...

    Great book with a compelling story. I read it in one sitting. ...

    On the Banks of Plum Creek meets Sarah Plain and Tall. ...

    Love Sandra Dallas, and love her children's books. Here's my review on my blog: http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com/... ...

    "Little House on the Prairie" in Colorado ...

    3.5 stars but rounded down ...

    This middle grades book was interesting, although the ending was abrupt. I really like Sandra Dallas' voice/writing style. Adults will find this book somewhat predictable. It was a comfort read. ...

    Good story about pioneer times. ...

    This was like a Laura Ingalls book except they have more troubles than the Ingalls, although they also had similar trouble (locusts and hail and being very poor). ...

    Excellent Young Adult novel set in Colorado-would be a good choice for Battle of the Books. ...

    I've read a lot of books about pioneers, and this one is just fine - but nothing special. A tad predictable too. ...

    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! ...

  • Elliott Winter
    Jul 09, 2018

    Bluebelle "Belle" Martin can't wait to join her father on his new homestead in Colorado. Everything will be better there than it was in Iowa. Mama will feel better, the new baby will have a name and her older sister can graduate high school and go to college. When the Martins arrive in...

    Public library copy I 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. ...

    Sandra Dallas being Sandra Dallas, there are quilts in this book. Some new, some old, some filthy, some pristine. It is the families that use them, the people who make them (one a surprise), who are the focus of this story. From the point of view of Carrie and Belle, daughters of t...

    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 centur...

    Living near Denver, I am a fan of Sandra Dallas. I have read all of her novels for adults so I decided to try one of her books for middle grade readers. It reminded me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, except there were a lot more children. My favorite part was w...

    Hardscrabble isn't at all what I thought it would be when I read the summary of what it was about. At the beginning of the book it doesn't stand out as a good read, or one that I would want to delve further into it. The characters sometimes don't seem exciting, and I couldn't feel any ...