Family Relationships; Legal guardianship; Step parent; Adoption; grandparents raising grandchild; step mother; birth father
In the 1880s, thirteen-year-old Thomas moves west from the aristocratic Virginia home of his grandparents to a poor Kansas farm to live with a father he barely remembers and his new stepfamily.
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2003; William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2004-2005, Master List; Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2004, Finalist; Society of Midland Authors Book Award, 2003, Winner, Children's Fiction; Western Writers of America Spur Award, 2003, Finalist, Juvenile Fiction
stepfamilies; frontier and pioneer life; grandparents and child; family life
Seely, Debra, "Grasslands" (2005). DIVerse Families. 701.