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

  • Amanda
    Nov 14, 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

  • 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

  • Kathy
    Dec 27, 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

  • Becky
    Nov 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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. ...

    For fans of Little House, homesteading type 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

  • Sara
    Dec 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas books. ...

  • 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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. ...

    For fans of Little House, homesteading type books ...

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

    Such a captivating story!! I loved this book! Along with the hardships and heart aches of homesteading, Sandra Dallas shows there can be happiness. I didn't put this one down from start to finish!!! ...

    Next for me to read is THE DIARY OF MATTIE SPENSER. ...

    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 ...

  • 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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. ...

    For fans of Little House, homesteading type books ...

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

    Such a captivating story!! I loved this book! Along with the hardships and heart aches of homesteading, Sandra Dallas shows there can be happiness. I didn't put this one down from start to finish!!! ...

    Next for me to read is THE DIARY OF MATTIE SPENSER. ...

    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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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. ...

    For fans of Little House, homesteading type books ...

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

    Such a captivating story!! I loved this book! Along with the hardships and heart aches of homesteading, Sandra Dallas shows there can be happiness. I didn't put this one down from start to finish!!! ...

    Next for me to read is THE DIARY OF MATTIE SPENSER. ...

    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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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. ...

    For fans of Little House, homesteading type books ...

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

    Such a captivating story!! I loved this book! Along with the hardships and heart aches of homesteading, Sandra Dallas shows there can be happiness. I didn't put this one down from start to finish!!! ...

    Next for me to read is THE DIARY OF MATTIE SPENSER. ...

    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 ...

  • 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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 ...

  • Patricia
    Nov 04, 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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. ...

    For fans of Little House, homesteading type books ...

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

    Such a captivating story!! I loved this book! Along with the hardships and heart aches of homesteading, Sandra Dallas shows there can be happiness. I didn't put this one down from start to finish!!! ...

    Next for me to read is THE DIARY OF MATTIE SPENSER. ...

  • 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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 ...

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Oct 27, 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

  • 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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,"...

  • Jan Donahue-StClair
    Nov 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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. ...

    For fans of Little House, homesteading type books ...

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

    Such a captivating story!! I loved this book! Along with the hardships and heart aches of homesteading, Sandra Dallas shows there can be happiness. I didn't put this one down from start to finish!!! ...

  • Marisa
    Jan 01, 2019

    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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

  • 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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. ...

    For fans of Little House, homesteading type books ...

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

    Such a captivating story!! I loved this book! Along with the hardships and heart aches of homesteading, Sandra Dallas shows there can be happiness. I didn't put this one down from start to finish!!! ...

    Next for me to read is THE DIARY OF MATTIE SPENSER. ...

    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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

    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. ...

    SD shares a CO plains story of a homesteading family. She plainly describes the trials of this hard life as well as the simple blessings. This is an excellent historical fiction for the young or old reader. ...

    I've enjoyed Dallas's books for young readers so far. This was not a disappointment. ...

    I loved this book. Similar to "Diary of Mattie Spencer". I did feel like it ended a bit suddenly though. ...

    Interesting historical fiction about homesteading in Colorado in 1910. Lots of interesting twists and turns and characters from other Sandra Dallas 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. ...

    For fans of Little House, homesteading type books ...

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

  • Marcia
    Jan 18, 2019

    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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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...

    I was totally with Belle and her family as they struggled on their homestead claim in the west, meeting life-threatening conditions as well as unexpected joys. A satisfying portrait of a loving family in sometimes dire circumstances. The hunger and worry were a bit glossed over as well...

  • 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 by Sandra Dallas, 240 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. $16. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS ? ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Belle arrives in Mingo, Colorado with her ailing mother and brood of siblings ...

    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 ...