Nothing Here but Stones

Nothing Here but Stones

by Nancy Oswald

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"At first I thought everything in America would look like New York City, with shops and crowded streets, but I have discovered, the farther west we travel, that there are long stretches of nothing. Absolutely nothing.
I only hope the place we are going to is not so empty."

Nancy Oswald's historical novel is based on the establishment of a Russian-Jewish community in Cotopaxi, Colorado, in 1882. Emma and her family, along with their neighbors have escaped persecution in Tsarist Russia to seek a better life in America, but they face hardship and struggle in the harsh climate of the Rocky Mountains.

Nothing Here but Stones is winner of the Willa Literary Award and a finalist for the Spur Award from Western Writers of America.

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BN ID: 2940016245096
Publisher: Filter Press, LLC
Publication date: 03/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 1,096,274
File size: 653 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nancy Oswald is an author, speaker, and retired elementary teacher. She writes middle grade and young adult historical fiction.

Since the publication of the hardcover edition of Nothing Here but Stones in 2004, Nancy has authored Hard Face Moon (Filter Press, 2008) and Rescue in Poverty Gulch (Filter Press, 2011). All three books are works of historical fiction set in the early days of Colorado.

Nothing Here but Stones received the WILLA Literary Award from Women Writing the West in 2005. Nancy lives on a working cattle ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado.

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Nothing Here But Stones 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
rebecca191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eleven-year-old Emma, her widowed father, her two sisters, and her baby brother have left their home in a small village in Russia to immigrate to America. In Russia, their lives were dangerous because they were Jews, and they were not allowed to own land. Emma's father dreams of building a better life for his family and being able to own a farm. Emma's family is part of a group of Russian Jewish immigrants hoping to build an agricultural colony on the Colorado frontier. But when they arrive in Colorado, they find they have been deceived. The land is poor, and their houses are unfinished. Emma must work hard to help her family, and she is desperately lonely and longs for her mother, who died in Russia shortly before the family left for America. It is only when she saves the life of an injured horse that she finally finds a friend. I loved this unusual historical novel. I have read many historical fiction books about Jewish immigrants, but none about Jewish pioneers who settled on the frontier. I really enjoyed reading about this forgotten piece of history and I highly recommend this book to young readers who enjoy immigrant or pioneer stories.