It isn t easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in 1899, but it s particularly hard when you are the only girl ever born in the new settlement. With seven older brothers and a love of adventure, May Amelia Jackson just can t seem to abide her family s insistence that she behave like a Proper Young Lady. She s sure she could do better if only there were at least one other girl living along the banks of the Nasel River. And now that Mama s going to have a baby, maybe there s hope. Inspired by the diaries of her great-aunt, the real May Amelia, first-time novelist Jennifer Holm has given us a beautifully crafted tale of one young girl whose unique spirit captures the courage, humour, passion and depth of the American pioneer experience. Newbery Honour Book (USA), 2000 Ages 10+"