2000 Honor Book
"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 insistencethat she behave like a Proper Young Lady. Not when there's fishing to be done, sheep to be herded, and real live murderers to be captured! May is sure she could manage 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..."
I LOVED this book. The heroine, May Amelia, is a spunky little thing with a knack for getting into trouble. The story was full of excitement as she gets herself into and out of one scrape after another. At parts, the story was heartbreaking...I won't give it away, but I cried. I wasn't just reading this book, but was IN it, and part of it. I highly recommend it!!