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; Legal guardianship; Step parent; Adoption; grandparents raising grandchild; step mother; birth father
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.