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A New House for a New Family
Class set order code: 8869S
The Ytterhorns and the Olsens have combined forces into a single family, so they build a new house big enough for everyone. They are assisted by other homesteaders who have joined their community. But a devastating storm throws everything into question, including the family’s capacity to keep their house. It’s not just a house, after all; it’s their home, and only the kindness of others can help them save it.
In the third book of the Homesteaders series, the Ytterhorns and the Olsens have combined forces into a single family. Now they need a home. The log house that the Ytterhorns had built and the sod house that the Olsens inhabit are both too small for the new family of eleven. So Nels Olsen and fifteen-year-old Trygve build a new frame house with enough room for everyone. Fortunately, their small community has grown, and they have an abundance of helping hands from other homesteaders who have immigrated from Norway for the promise of a better life.
But life on the North Dakota prairie is hard, and the weather is unforgiving, and it is perhaps inevitable that people will die. No matter the circumstances, however, the homesteaders help each other out, caring for one another with selflessness and an openness of heart. The path forward is always in sight, and soon the settlers convert the old log house into a school and a church, and it becomes the most important building in the community. But the weather is not only unkind to people; it is destructive to the landscape itself, and a devastating storm throws everything the homesteaders have planned into question, including the Olsen-Ytterhorn family’s capacity to keep their frame house. It’s not just a house, after all; it’s their home, and only the kindness of others can help them save it.