Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book review: Shadows on Stoney Creek by Wanda Luttrell

Sarah's Journey: Shadows on Stoney Creek by Wanda Luttrell (Published by Chariot Victor Publishing, September 1997)

Sarah Moore is now fourteen years old, and has returned for good to her family's home on the Kentucky frontier after finishing two years of studying with her cousins in Williamsburg. It's now the fall of 1779, and the Revolutionary War continues back east, but life in Kentucky is much the same as always. Sarah is happy to be reunited with her parents, brothers, and sister, but must readjust to the hardships of frontier life and the constant fear of an Indian attack.

Now that she is fourteen and will soon be a young woman, Sarah has to decide what she wants to do with her life. Soon, she decides that she would like to be a teacher, and to open Stoney Creek's first school so that the local pioneer children can be educated, just as she was back in Williamsburg. She worries about being a good teacher, since she is so young, but is determined to teach the children of Stoney Creek. At the same time, she and the other settlers must worry about a thief that has been stealing food and clothing from all the farms on Stoney Creek.

Shadows on Stoney Creek is a good conclusion to the Sarah's Journey series. I would recommend the entire series to middle grade readers who enjoy stories about pioneer or colonial life. The series brings to life a young girl's adventures in Virginia and Kentucky during the American Revolution, and has likable characters and interesting historical details.

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