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Willow Creek Home
     

Willow Creek Home

by Janice Jordan Shefelman
 

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A summer of drought and epidemic illness in 1847 force Mina, Papa, and his new wife, Lisette, to move on from Fredericksburg to a larger land grant deep in Comanche territory. They join together with two other families to establish a colony on Willow Creek. Though a treaty has been made between the German settlers and the Comanche Chief, Buffalo Hump, there remain

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A summer of drought and epidemic illness in 1847 force Mina, Papa, and his new wife, Lisette, to move on from Fredericksburg to a larger land grant deep in Comanche territory. They join together with two other families to establish a colony on Willow Creek. Though a treaty has been made between the German settlers and the Comanche Chief, Buffalo Hump, there remain renegade bands of warriors roaming the countryside, stealing horses and murdering settlers.

In order to earn money, Papa must go on lengthy trips hauling supplies, leaving Mina, Tante Lisette, and baby Peter alone. It helps to know that the Kaufmanns and Hesslers are nearby - especially young Daniel whom Mina has decided she will marry someday.

One evening at dusk while Papa is away, Mina hears a strange sound outside. It is like an owl but not really an owl. She is the only one who can load and fire Papa's shotgun, and Mina realizes Tanta Lisette and baby Peter are dependent on her.

Janice Shefelman has written a story of a spunky girl who learns to put that spirit to good use in establishing a homestead. A complete novel in itself, Willow Creek Home continues the story begun in A Paradise Called Texas, based on the author's German ancestors' immigration to Texas.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Finding hardships in their first Texas homestead, 12-year-old Mina, her father and his new wife move on to more promising land. They settle, with other German immigrants, in an area where more fertile land is available. A new baby brother arrives, and when Mina's father is away getting supplies, Mina chases off a Comanche with a shotgun blast. Mina's new school, her friendship with a handsome neighbor boy and her escape from a Comanche kidnapper make an adventure story that will hold readers' interest. Written in a straightforward style, this pioneer adventure moves along quickly. A smattering of German is used, and the Jordans' German heritage is smoothly blended into the story. Full-page pencil drawings and small ink sketches are appropriate to the story but uneven in quality. Like A Paradise Called Texas (Eakin Pr, 1983), this is based on Shefelman's ancestors' immigration to Texas in the 1840s. It will ably fill requests for historical fiction. Nancy Kewish, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890155356
Publisher:
Eakin Press
Publication date:
06/01/1985
Series:
Stories for Young Americans Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
10 - 11 Years

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