"Next to Jennifer Armstrong's Black-Eyed Susan (1995) or Pam Conrad's wrenching Prairie Song (1987), the characters and setting here are only dimly realized, and readers will be let down by the anticlimactic ending. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The death of a brother transforms a preteen's discontent into guilt in this weakly constructed drama, set on the Nebraska prairie in the 1850s, just before the Homestead Act.
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