Nelly in the Wilderness by Lynn Cullen

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Beans, beans, beans! Nelly Vandorn knows that trouble always comes in threes. And now that her ma is dead, and her pa has disappeared, Nelly is just waiting for the third trouble to come along.

When Pa finally returns home with a young city woman as his new bride, Nelly realizes she's just met trouble number three. Margery knows as much about the wilderness as Nelly knows about reading, writing, and schooling -- nothing. In Nelly's opinion, just about the only thing Margery is good for is looking mighty silly trying to be a pioneer woman.

But nothing seems to discourage her from trying to be a pioneer wife. Nelly can't decide if Margery is brave, or just plain crazy for sticking it out. Nelly has never expected much from life, but the longer she's around Margery, the more she begins to see that there is a world beyond her little cabin in the wilderness.


About Lynn Cullen

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Lynn Cullen is the author of numerous children's books and young adult novels including The Backyard Ghost, The Mightiest Heart, and I Am Rembrandt's Daughter, which was an ALA Best Book of 2008. The Creation of Eve is her first work for adults.
Published March 1, 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers. 192 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a story that spans the four seasons of 1821, 12-year-old Nelly and her older brother, Cornelius, see their family devastated by the death of their mother, turned topsy-turvy by the arrival of their young and bookish stepmother, and enlivened by visits from a most peculiar John Chapman, a neigh...

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