The Prairie Thief

The Prairie Thief

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In late nineteenth-century Colorado, Louisa's father is erroneously arrested for thievery and, while under the charge of the awful Smirch family, Louisa and a magical friend must find a way to prove his innocence.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781442440579
1442440570
9781442440562
1442440562
Branch Call Number: JF WILEY-M
Characteristics: 215 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Madrid, Erwin - Illustrator

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joycemas
Jul 22, 2014

Louisa Brody’s life on the Colorado prairie is not at all what she expected. Her dear Pa, accused of thievery, is locked thirty miles away in jail. She’s living with the awful Smirches, her closest neighbors and the very family that accused her Pa of the horrendous crime. And now she’s discovered one very cantankerous—and magical—secret beneath the hazel grove. With her life flipped upside-down, it’s up to Louisa, her sassy friend Jessamine, and that cranky secret to save Pa from a guilty verdict.

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jhirdler24
May 04, 2013

This was a fun little book. A young girl's father is arrested for thievery and she sets out to prove he's innocent by finding the real culprit. Combines the real life struggles of life on the frontier with some folklore and fantasy elements.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

An enjoyable tale combining two traditions: the Irish fairy tales of the small folk and the American wild west.

Young teen Louisa lives on a Colorado prairie farmstead with just her dad, her mom having died years ago when she was young. And now she's losing her dad, as their only neighbors have accused him of stealing their things and he's been arrested, taken into the nearest town by the sheriff. Now she's staying with those same neighbors until the trial, and it's not a happy situation. Louisa can't imagine that her dad is actually guilty, but the missing things were indeed in her family's old dug-out house. Something strange is going on, and Louisa's going to get to the bottom of it in time to save her dad.

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joycemas
Jul 22, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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joycemas
Jul 22, 2014

Louisa Brody’s life on the Colorado prairie is not at all what she expected. Her dear Pa, accused of thievery, is locked thirty miles away in jail. She’s living with the awful Smirches, her closest neighbors and the very family that accused her Pa of the horrendous crime. And now she’s discovered one very cantankerous—and magical—secret beneath the hazel grove. With her life flipped upside-down, it’s up to Louisa, her sassy friend Jessamine, and that cranky secret to save Pa from a guilty verdict.

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JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

One of the perils of a classical education, he often reflected, was a predilection for vocabulary of an obfuscating nature.

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