Sweet Home Alaska

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Sweet Home Alaska
Author: Estby Dagg, Carole
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1934-1935
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Alaska, Great Depression
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Middle Grade, Upper Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2019

Modern Age > American History > Great Depression

"If Laura Ingalls Wilder had lived in Alaska, she might have written this novel..."--Kirkus Reviews

It's 1934, and times are tough for Trip's family after the mill in their small Wisconsin town closes, leaving her father unemployed. Determined to provide for his family, he moves them all to Alaska to become pioneers as part of President Roosevelt's Palmer Colony project. Trip and her family are settling in, except her mom, who balks at the lack of civilization. But Trip feels like she's following in Laura Ingalls Wilder's footsteps, and she hatches a plan to raise enough money for a piano to convince her musical mother that Alaska is a wonderful and cultured home. Her sights set on the cash prize at the upcoming Palmer Colony Fair, but can Trip grow the largest pumpkin possible--using all the love, energy, and Farmer Boy expertise she can muster?

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