The Road to Home by MJ Auch

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Following Journey to Nowhere and Frozen Summer, this is the third novel
in a powerful American pioneer trilogy.

"I knew I couldn't count on Papa any more, because no matter what he promised, he wasn't reliable. But he had given me enough money to provide us food and shelter for a week. I held in my hand the power to get us home."

Since her mother passed away, thirteen year old Remembrance "Mem" Nye is looking forward to the comfort of her grandmother's arms, and help in caring for her two younger siblings. But when her family's covered wagon reaches Rome, New York, just as the digging of the Erie Canal gets under way, Mem's father decides to delay their journey home to join the canal crew.

Soon it becomes apparent that Papa has no intention of making the rest of the trip to Connecticut, or of watching over his family. Mem resolves to take the children to Connecticut herself--even if it means traveling by foot with very limited funds. Will the challenges be too much for even Mem's courageous spirit?

Mary Jane Auch brings her gripping pioneer trilogy to a satisfying close in this realistic portrayal of a brave young woman's struggle during a difficult period in history.

About MJ Auch

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Mary Jane Auch has written over twenty books for children, including the first two books about Remembrance Nye, Journey to Nowhere and Frozen Summer. Both were named New York Public Library Best Books for the Teenage and Bank Street College of Education Best Books for Children. Ms. Auch lives in upstate New York.
Published July 1, 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Mem seems sometimes older, sometimes younger than 13 (for example, would even a motherless farm girl not know what her menses were when they came?), and Pa is a caricature.

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~ PW said this ""realistic portrayal of contemporary teens and their moral challenges breathes fresh life into well-worn themes of rebellion and first love."" Ages 12-up.

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The pioneer family of Journey to Nowhere and Frozen Summer returns for this installment, set in 1817, as 13-year-old Remembrance Nye leads her younger siblings back from upstate New York to their grandmother's house in Connecticut.

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