New York : Philomel Books,
IL 5-8, RL 5.5
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faced the ultimate dilemma. She had to make a decision that no one
should have to make. She alone is home with her mother who goes into
premature labor. The baby dies. Colleen goes off to find the
midwife but on her way she comes across a wagon. She thought she
would find help there but instead encounters a woman who has recently given
birth. The woman is very sick and knows she is dying. She makes
Colleen promise to take her baby and keep it safe from her abusive husband.
She also gives Colleen a gold watch and a strong box. Colleen takes
the baby home and replaces the body of her baby sister with this baby,
Bonnie. She hides the box and starts on a series of lies that seem
to take on a life of their own. Her sister is buried with the other women
and no one suspects anything, except the midwife who knows Bonnie is not
a premature baby and then the father comes home and is desperate to find
the box. (Kathleen Butler, South
Carolina Book Awards, 2006)
Frontier and pioneer life -- South Dakota -- Fiction.
Family life -- South Dakota -- Fiction.
South Dakota -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Babies -- Fiction.
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