Ten-year-old Susie lives with her family on the Dakota prairie in a sod
house. Her mother is very unhappy with life on the frontier and quite
obviously misses her family and a more affluent life-style back East.
Susie wants to find something to cheer up her mom when she and her dad
go to town to purchase another quarter section of land. An encounter
with a family moving further west proves to be the prescription for her
mother's misery. This is a well-written children's novel that does a
good job of describing the hardships faced by the pioneer settlers of
the Dakota Territory. The author has done a good job with historical
research to make the novel accurate in regards to homesteading and other
period details. I do question if the target audience would appreciate
this work as much as adults. It probably lacks the action younger
readers require to hold interest.