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Gail E. Haley
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Sarah B. Rickman
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John Stansfield
Steve Walsh
Dorothy Yoder

Nothing Here but Stones

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Nancy Oswald

“At first I thought everything in America would look like New York City, with shops and crowded streets, but I have discovered, the farther west we travel, that there are long stretches of nothing. Absolutely nothing. I only hope the place we are going to is not so empty.”

Nancy Oswald's first work of historical fiction is based on a Russian Jewish colony that settled in Cotopaxi, Colorado, in 1882. Told from the viewpoint of eleven-year-old Emma, the book vividly portrays the hardships and struggles of the colony.

The settlers were promised housing and rich ground for farming. Instead, the land is rocky and of poor quality. The houses are small and unfinished, and the colonists lack equipment and livestock for tilling and planting.

The actual Jewish settlers faced many of the same hardships that Emma and her family did. There was an early frost, and the crops were stunted. The colonists were threatened by marauding bears and visited in the winter by starving Indians, who came to their doors begging for food.

First published in 2004, Nothing Here But Stones is a Willa Literary Award winner, a Spur Award finalist, and a Notable Book for a Global Society.

A believable, vividly told story based on the struggles of an actual colony of pioneers.
—The Horn Book Guide

Emma’s role as middle child, outsider, dreamer, and risk taker is realistic. This well-paced, vivid account should capture readers.
—School Library Journal

176 pages
Trim: 6.0" by 9.0"
Publication date: 2013 (2nd edition; first published in 2004.)

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