Mattie will grab your heart and never let it go.
One hot summer noon in the 1890's, a skinny young girl in a long, dingy dress came limping barefooted up a mountain road that straggled westward out of the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. In her right hand she dragged a long willow switch, and her left hand carried a sunflower blossom on a short stem.
For years Mattie had dreamed of becoming a schoolteacher like her Aunt Sis. Yet now she was leaving the safety of the Ozark Mountains for the Oklahoma Territory. She was only thirteen years old! Her father's dream was to settle his family on 160 acres of free government land, but when they arrive, they discover all of the available land has been taken. Mattie and her family have to scramble to survive. Amidst the hardships of picking cotton and the struggles of a territory becoming a state, Mattie grows up finding love and her place in a changing world.
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Roy Penny was born in Shawnee Oklahoma in 1918. His father and mother, as children, were part of the land rush of the 1890’s when 180-acre farms were made available in Indian Territory, and settlers came in covered wagons to claim them. His father was killed in an accident in April, 1921, when Roy was 3 years old. The family had been planning to move to Colorado at the end of that month, but those plans were cancelled after the death of his father. He grew up with eight brothers and sisters, plowing fields with a team of mules, working in the vegetable garden, raising cattle, and riding his horse “Buck.” As a youngster, he developed a life-long love of reading. His favorite first book was “The Mysterious Rider” by Zane Grey. In addition to his legacy as a wonderful husband, father and friend, he is most proud of his book “Till We Meet Again,” a story of life in Oklahoma during the period 1890 to 1937.Review:
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 442 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.11 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1482676184