Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Trouble at Otter Creek....

Trouble at Otter Creek by Wilma Pitchford Hays takes place in 1775 during the American Revolutionary War.  It is based on the true experiences of Ann Story and her five children, who settled near the town of Salisbury when Vermont was still part of the New Hampshire Grants. 

The year prior, Amos Story, "Papa", and fourteen-year old Solomon went twenty miles north through the wilderness to 100 acres of land Papa purchased on Otter Creek. They were intent on clearing the land and preparing a homestead.  After the cabin was built, Papa said he'd return to get the rest of the family.  However, Papa died and Solomon returns to the family alone.  Against everyone's wishes, Ann Story, "Mama", decides that she and the five young children must go to the cabin in the wilderness and farm the land her husband worked so hard to get. 

Life is difficult on this new frontier and the Indians are fierce.  Trouble at Otter Creek tells the tale of how Ethan Allen, leader of the Green Mountain Boys, helped Ann Story and her five children who were burned out by the Indians.  This 44 page reader is packed with high adventure and is bound to keep readers young and old sitting on the edge of their seat. 

Wilma Pitchford Hays is another of our favorite authors.  She wrote dozens of books for children including stories of animals and a holiday series.  Though, our family knows her best for her historical fiction.  Many of Hays' titles are out of print.  We've rescued several from discard sales.  They have come to be known as treasures here on Drywood Creek :)

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