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This exciting pioneering story, based on actual events, introduces readers to a fascinating chapter in American history, when FDR set up a New Deal colony in Alaska to give loans and land to families struggling during the Great Depression.

Terpsichore can’t wait to follow in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s footsteps . . . now she just has to convince her mom. It’s 1934, and times are tough for their family. To make a fresh start, Terpsichore’s father signs up for President Roosevelt’s Palmer Colony project, uprooting them from Wisconsin to become pioneers in Alaska. Their new home is a bit of a shock—it’s a town still under construction in the middle of the wilderness, where the residents live in tents and share a community outhouse. But Terpsichore’s not about to let first impressions get in the way of this grand adventure. Tackling its many unique challenges with her can-do attitude, she starts making things happen to make Alaska seem more like home. Soon, she and her family are able to start settling in and enjoying their new surroundings—everyone except her mother, that is. So, in order to stay, Terpsichore hatches a plan to convince her that it’s a wonderful—and civilized—place to live . . . a plan that’s going to take all the love, energy, and Farmer Boy expertise Terpsichore can muster.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on February 2, 2016 by Nancy Paulsen Books
ISBN-10: 0399172033
ISBN-13: 9780399172038
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  • raindrop07
    raindrop07Monday, August 26, 2019 at 8:42 am55 starsFeatured
    Sweet Home Alaska was an intriguing story of a young girl named Terpsichore, who's family became pioneers in Alaska around the time of the start of the Great Depression. Terpsichore had always been inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder and dreamed of living just like her! The move to Alaska was a shock because the town was under construction, the family had to live in a tent and leave almost every bit of their civilized life behind. All the same, Terpsichore fell in love with the Alaska wilderness and even when her mother became so homesick she threatened to bring the whole family back to their first home in Wisconsin, the little girl fought for the place she had come to love! This is a great book full of adventure and HUGE pumpkins!!