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Conrad, Pam.
New York : HarperCollins, 1985
IL 5-8 RL 5.2
ISBN 006021337X
Life on the prairie agrees with Louisa Downing.  She loves the beauty of it.  Her brother Lester does too but he is much to shy to ever really talk about it.  The life can be a lonely one, though.  There are few neighbors and not a lot of interaction.  When the family learns that they will have neighbors moving in just three miles from them, they are excited.  The arrival of William Berryman and his wife Emmeline is a happy occasion for the Downing's.  William is a doctor who has moved from New York City to the prairie to practice medicine.  Emmaline is a frail beauty who seems too fragile for the hard life on the prairie.  She becomes the new school teacher and Lester begins to come out of his shell under her encouragement.  Even though she seems to be settling in, the fear of the prairie and her longing to return to New York are still there.  Will the Downing family be able to help Emmaline adjust to her new life?  How will she impact the Downing family?
SUBJECTS:     Frontier and pioneer life -- Fiction
                        Nebraska -- Fiction
                        Family life -- Fiction


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