THE TREE HOUSE AT SEVEN OAKS by Jean Bothwell

THE TREE HOUSE AT SEVEN OAKS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sickly sixteen year old Thad Curtin anticipated excitement when his father Major Curtin sent him to establish squatter's rights at Sarpy's Landing, near Council Bluffs on the Missouri River in the proposed Nebraska Territory. He found discord beginning with his trip from Washington, D.C., to St. Louis and thence to Sarpy's Landing, for speculative railroad interests intent on establishing a railroad line along the southern route to the west were agitating the Omaha Indians, so that they would refuse to sign away their lands for a northern route. Thad establishes his claim to the choice land his father hoped for after opposition from unsavory Jerry Grafton and Mr. Julian and help from the hardy hopefuls, Negro, white and Indian-who peopled nascent Nebraska. Good characterization and vivid recreation of the locale make this a natural particularly for young Nebraskans.

Publisher: Abelard-Schuman