Free Land Author:Rose Wilder Lane The Homestead Act promised people "free land" if they lived on it and worked it for five years. This book by Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of Laura and Almanzo Wilder, is about the enormous price of that free land. — Though Rose clearly draws her source material from the experiences of her parents and grandparents, she tell a far different tale than... more » that of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books.
"Free Land" is somewhat darker than the Little House books, and is an adult's story with some of the harsher aspects of the pioneering life shown more vividly. It is also told from a young adult male's point of view, and so deals often with his struggles to be a responsible provider for a growing family--you can see both Almanzo Wilder and Charles Ingalls in him--while balancing against his desire for freedom and adventure.« less