Carole Estby Dagg Sweet Home Alaska

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This exciting pioneering story, based on actual events, introduces readers to a fascinating chapter in American history, when FDR set up a New Deal colony in Alaska to give loans and land to families struggling during the Great Depression.
 
Terpsichore can’t wait to follow in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s footsteps . . . now she just has to convince her mom. It’s 1934, and times are tough for their family. To make a fresh start, Terpsichore’s father signs up for President Roosevelt’s Palmer Colony project, uprooting them from Wisconsin to become pioneers in Alaska. Their new home is a bit of a shock—it’s a town still under construction in the middle of the wilderness, where the residents live in tents and share a community outhouse. But Terpsichore’s not about to let first impressions get in the way of this grand adventure. Tackling its many unique challenges with her can-do attitude, she starts making things happen to make Alaska seem more like home. Soon, she and her family are able to start settling in and enjoying their new surroundings—everyone except her mother, that is. So, in order to stay, Terpsichore hatches a plan to convince her that it’s a wonderful—and civilized—place to live . . . a plan that’s going to take all the love, energy, and Farmer Boy expertise Terpsichore can muster.

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Carole Estby Dagg (www.caroleestbydagg.com) also wrote the middle-grade historical novel The Year We Were Famous. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and has lived in Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia. She has degrees in sociology, library science, and accounting. Her real-life adventures include tiptoeing through King Tut’s tomb, sand boarding the dunes of western Australia, riding a camel among the Great Pyramids, paddling with Manta rays in Moorea, and smelling the penguins in the Falkland Islands. She is married with two children, two grandchildren, a husband, and a bossy cat who supervises her work. She splits her writing time between her study in Everett, Washington, and a converted woodshed on San Juan Island.

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"Based on real happenings, this engaging novel is filled with charming characters and a very compelling story set in a time and place readers will find fascinating. Author Carole Estby Dagg's excellent research shows as does her talent for creating believable scenarios and dialogue." --San Francisco Book Review

"Little House on the Prairie" fans will appreciate a new frontier in "Sweet Home Alaska"...the novel's real sparkle is its main character, Terpsichore, an 11-year-old go-getter who washes diapers to raise money for a library and grows a giant pumpkin by feeding it milk, just like Almanzo Wilder.--The Seattle Times

"...a work of historical fiction perfectly suited for middle school kids...Plenty of research went into this book, which offers insight into what it was like for impoverished Americans to pull up stakes...and try to carve a community from scratch...It's a sweet story with real-life drama.--Anchorage Daily News

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The story is full of rich detail about the birth and development of the community...Susan Denaker...gives an expressive full-voiced performance, bringing out the humor and drama of the story. This is Dagg's second book, and she has created a resourceful, spirited girl in Trip."
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