Hannah's Brave Year Author:Rhoda Wooldridge When the six Harelsons are left orphans after their parents die in a cholera epidemic, the general feeling among the neighbors is that the children must be separated and farmed out to various families in the area. But 12 year old Hannah has different ideas. the fam that their father homesteaded is a productive one; with the help of her younger s... more »ister Marty, the girls can manage the houslhold and if Joel goes fur trapping to raise money to pay off the mortgage and Nat runs the farm -- why, then perhaps they can save their home and keep the family together. Reflecting Hannah's courage, the youngsters all join i the effort.
but life on the Missouri frontier is not easy, even for adults, and the children find themselves beset with thieving Indians, a severe blizzard and illness. Further grief is brought upon them when the couple entrusted with the temporary care of their baby sister disappears into the Osage country.
With a tru pioneering spirit, Hannah learns to cope with a variety of hardships and experiences a well-deserved sense of pride when, with the coming of spring, she realizes that their struggle has been worthwhile.
Young readers will immeidately recognize and appreciate a warmth sincerity in the pages of this book that will make it an oft-read, well-loved story.« less