LAND OF DREAMS by Joan Lowery Nixon

LAND OF DREAMS

Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In the third in Nixon's Ellis Island series, Kristin Swenson and her parents settle on a Minnesota farm, in a house Mamma fears is haunted by former occupants. Meanwhile (to her parents' distress), the independent-minded 17-year-old absorbs the feminist views of a neighbor's college-educated sister, tangles with the local minister over her modern notions, and strikes up a friendship with another neighbor's son, Johan--who admires her high spirits and free thinking. The cardboard characters here make a flimsy support for an overabundance of historical issues plus some carefully researched details of a Swedish-American community in 1902, while Nixon--though ever a fluent narrator- -stretches credibility with the relationship between Kristin and Johan, who seem more like transplants from the present than young people of their own time. Still, a readable novel that makes an accessible introduction to its period setting. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-385-31170-2
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1994




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