This Tender Land

This Tender Land

Book - 2019 | First Atria Books hardcover edition
Average Rating:
Rate this:
1932, Minnesotathe Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie OBanion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendents wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an enƯthralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781476749297
Branch Call Number: F KRUEG-W
Characteristics: 450 pages ; 24 cm


Featured Blogs and Events

LibraryReads September 2019

Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month releases the top picks for the month, as voted on by Librarians across the country. Subscribe to Tacoma Library’s e-Newsletter service and get the Library Reads picks and more delivered straight to your inbox. Check out the LibraryReads’ picks for September 2019: Red at the Bone Bringing Down ... (more)

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Sep 19, 2019

4 1/2 - 5 star read. I love William Kent Krueger's books and this stand alone was an exceptional read, filled with interesting characters and a terrific storyline. 4 orphans meet at the Lincoln Indian Training School in Minnesota in 1932, at the time of the Great Depression. Albert and his brother Odie are the only white kids in the school. Odie is a rebel and seems to always be doing things that merit harsh punishment. The woman who runs the school, known to the kids as the Black Witch, seems to have a particular need to punish Odie. Their best friend is Mose, a young mute Sioux boy. When they finally escape the school, they take young Emmy with them. They take to the river in a canoe and plan to head to St. Louis, where Albert and Odie have a barely remembered Aunt. Along the way, they have adventures, some good, some bad. The journey teaches them life skills and who to trust. And at times, it divides them. This is a book with heart and is a great story that I found hard to put down. An excellent read.

Sep 08, 2019

I enjoy books about scrappy, adventurous kids so this coming of age story about 4 orphans on the run during the depression was right up my alley. Filled with good characters that I felt connected to and written so you feel like you are traveling along with them. Gives a good accounting of the down and out society of that era. I liked the strong bond and camaraderie between the kids and the kind hearted people they met along the way. I was just a little disappointed because I was hoping for more of a natural/outdoorsy, living off the land canoe journey by the 4 orphans instead of canoeing from town to town. This was just a small misjudgment on my part. I still enjoyed the book very much.

Aug 31, 2019

Indie Books

Aug 27, 2019

This moving and epic new-release puts the bloom on my rosebush. I can just picture that canoe with its precious cargo making its way down the Gilead, then the Minnesota and on to the Mississippi. Those precious vagabonds floated their way into my heart. Let me tell you--there were times when I had to slap my hand over my mouth in despair over the events these four orphans lived through on their odyssey. "Ordinary Grace" is one of my favorite books EVER and it was such a treat to spend some time in New Bremen in this second standalone for Krueger. I would contend that in addition to ties to Homer's Odyssey and Huckleberry Finn, you could also make a case for Robinson's "Gilead" and the classic from Kansas "The Wizard of Oz." Can I get an amen?

debwalker Aug 27, 2019

Four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression.

Feb 06, 2017

One copy?

Dec 31, 2016

William Kent Krueger is a very popular Minnesota author. This book is yet to be published. Release information is as follows: Atria Books | 320 pages | ISBN 9781476749297 | April 2018. People wish to get in line for the next book by an excellent author. Having met him, I also found him to be very personable!!! I have read every book in his Cork O'Connor Minnesota mystery series. Abby Tabby and Kristi

Nov 30, 2016

Is this book out of print? Has over 1000 holds


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at TPL

To Top