Title: Little Farm in the Ozarks.
Author: Roger Lea MacBride.
Genre: Fiction, children's lit, YA, bildungsroman, Western, family saga.
Publication Date: 1993.
Summary: Going fishing for the first time, starting in a new school, saving the farmhouse from a fire - these are the elements of young Rose Wilder's first year at Rocky Ridge Farm. She has moved there with her parents, Laura and Almanzo, to begin a new life in the Missouri Ozarks. Rose feels out of place as the new girl in her class, but gradually gains confidence, and Rocky Ridge truly becomes her home.
My rating: 7.5/10.
♥ Each time Rose looked away, the cloud had changed, tearing itself apart in shreds and dissolving into a new shape.
She turned over on her stomach and yawned. She stretched her arms out to the side and felt the warmth of the rock soaking into her body. That rock was alive. The heart of its life was flowing into Rose. She hugged it. Rose felt as if she were hugging the whole beautiful living earth and the earth was hugging her back.
She loved that rock and she loved that summery day. The warmth on her skin, the rich odor of the damp soil, the peaceful chuckling of the water, the lazy buzzing of insects, and the murmur of grown-up voices all filled her with peace. She could not possibly have an unhappy thought. It seemed to Rose that summer could soothe every care and heal every hurt.