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Cover: 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 is difficult and it's a hardscrabble life. Natural disasters such as storms and locusts threaten their success. And heartbreaking losses challenge their faith. Do the Martins have what it takes to not only survive but thrive in their new prairie life? Told through the eyes of a twelve-year-old girl, this new middle-grade novel from New York Times-bestselling author Sandra Dallas explores one family's homesteading efforts in 1900s Colorado.



  • Dewey: [Fic]
  • Hardcover (9781585363759): 240 pages, 5.5 (w) x 8 (h), © 2018, 03/15/2018 NYP
  • PDF (9781534122918): 240 pages, 5.5 (w) x 8 (h), © 2018, 03/15/2018 NYP
  • Hosted ebook (9781534123083): 240 pages, 5.5 (w) x 8 (h), © 2018, 03/15/2018 NYP
  • Subject: Language Arts


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 8 - Age 11
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 4
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending

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Author: Sandra Dallas

Sandra Dallas is a New York Times best-selling author whose titles include The Bride’s House and Prayers for Sale. This is her first book for young readers. Sandra is the recipient of the Women Writing the West WILLA Award and a two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. A finalist for numerous awards, including the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Assn. Award, Sandra lives in Denver, Colorado.