Cabin on Trouble Creek

Cabin on Trouble Creek

by Jean Van Leeuwen


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After clearing enough forest to build a log cabin for their new home, Pa returns east to fetch the rest of the family, while young brothers Daniel and Will stay behind to watch the land. Pa had planned to return within six weeks . . . but something must have gone wrong. Now the boys must survive the winter with only a few supplies and their ability to invent and improvise. But are they alone in the woods? Jean Van Leeuwen?s engrossing novel of pioneer survival is based on a true incident.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142411643
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/13/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,195,449
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jean Van Leeuwen is the author of more than fifty children's books, including picture books, Easy-to-Read books, and middle-grade fiction. She has won numerous awards, among them the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Children's Book Award, the Massachusetts Honor Book Award, and the Washington Irving Children's Choice Award, as well as many ALA Notable Book citations.

Her own two children were the inspiration for the Oliver and Amanda Pig stories, as well as several others, including Dear Mom, You're Ruining My Life. Many of her other books have grown out of her long-time interest in American history. Her historical picture books include Going West, which was cited as an IRA Teachers' Choice and Across the Wide Dark Sea, selected by the New York Public Library as one of the "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing." She has written historical fiction for older readers as well. Her Bound for Oregon was a Child Study Association Book of the Year, and Cabin on Trouble Creek was nominated for children's Choice awards in eight states. 

Ms. Van Leeuwen now lives in another small town north of New York City with her husband, Bruce Gavril. She has two grown children, David and Elizabeth, and a young grandchild, who will surely inspire more stories. 

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Cabin on Trouble Creek 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the person bellow me it sounds just like the sign of the beaver so why would i want to get this one 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really exciting. It starts of kind of boring, but eventually works it's way up to all sorts of adventures. Cabin on Trouble Creek is a great book for girls and boys alike. I definitely recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best book ever and i recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
A boy and his father build a cabin in the wilderness. Dad heads back to civilization to gather the rest of the family 'which includes mom, younger siblings and a newborn' and bring them out to the new cabin. Dad doesn't return on schedule and the boy wonders how he will ever survive on his own. An Indian mentor comes on to the scene and teaches the boy many life sustaining skills, including how to set a snare to catch small game. The boy survives through a bitter winter with occasional visits from his indian mentor. The family finally shows up in the spring. They had been sick when Dad showed up to get them and then Dad got sick too. They are amazed and proud at how well their son managed while they were gone. If this synopsis sounds good to you then go read 'The Sign of the Beaver', a Newbery Honor Book written by Elizabeth George Speare in 1983. Speare's other fine works of historical fiction for youth include 'The Bronze Bow' and 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond' both winners of the Newbery Medal. This book is a very well written and enjoyable story but I cannot in good conscience rate it higher than a '1' because it is such a blatant ripoff of Speare's wonderful book. The entire time I was reading it I felt as though I had already read it - and I had , except it had been written by someone else. Everything in the synopsis above is identical in the two books. The only major difference between the two is that in Van Leeuwen's book, two boys are left alone at the cabin instead of one. Van Leeuwen might have at least acknowledged Speare's work by including the statement: 'inspired by ...'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I especially enjoy historical fiction, and this is one of the best works of historical fiction for young people that I have read (especially since I am a native of Ohio, where the plot is set the year Ohio became a state in 1803).