Farmer Boy Goes West by Heather Williams
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Little House

Big Adventure

Almanzo Wilder is going west! He and his family are moving all the way from their cozy farm in Malone, New York, to the bustling town of Spring Valley, Minnesota. Almanzo can’t wait to explore, but life in Spring Valley isn’t what he expected. The Wilders have to stay with relatives in a small, cramped house where Almanzo’s aunt Martha is cold and unfriendly. Almanzo longs for the freedom he had back home, and he especially misses his horse, Starlight. Even as he makes new friends at school and helps his father pick a plot of land for the family to settle on, Almanzo can’t help but wonder: Is Minnesota the right place for the Wilders? Or do they belong in New York?

First introduced in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House book Farmer Boy, Almanzo Wilder’s adventures continue in Farmer Boy Goes West.


About Heather Williams

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Heather Williams is the pen name for Tui T. Sutherland, author of several children's books, including Nellie Oleson Meets Laura Ingalls, Who Was Harry Houdini? and the Pet Trouble series. In 2009, she was a two-night champion on Jeopardy!, which is not something she could have done in Almanzo's day! She currently lives in Boston with her family. You can visit her online at
Published February 14, 2012 by HarperCollins. 320 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Compressing time span and age differences but otherwise sticking closely to the historical record, Williams (a pseudonym for Tui Sutherland) sends teenage Almanzo Wilder and part of his family from their comfortable New York farm to a new start in Minnesota’s Spring Valley.

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