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.
Family Relationships; Step parent; Legal guardianship; step mother; step children; step siblings; grandparents raising grandchild
grandmother and grandfather; step mother and father
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
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2003
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2002
frontier and pioneer life; farming; education; cowboy; Kansas; 1880s; hard work
Seely, Debra, "Grasslands" (2005). Diverse Families. 701.