It's 1935, during the Great Depression, and Paul s family is out of work and out of money. They have nothing but a little ramshackle farm in Minnesota. Now that's gone, too. Suddenly, an incredible opportunity opens up for 202 families, including Paul's, but it means moving far away, to a land few people know anything about. Will his family go? Will Paul have to leave his friends, family, and beloved dog, Rascal? Then Paul meets tomboyish Maggie and adventurous Erik, also kids of new colonists, and together they face the unique realities of living in the far north. Based on true stories, follow the trials and adventures of Paul, Maggie, and Erik as their families start over in hopes of building a new life in a strange land so far away. Will they make it?
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A native of Michigan, Heather Cooper Lehe, drove to Alaska with a friend after graduating from nursing school in 1978. She instantly fell in love with the Last Frontier. She has worked as a nurse in Anchorage, Bethel, Nome, and the Matanuska Valley, where she and her husband, Tom, have been raising four adventurous children for the past twenty-five years. She loves to travel, garden, hike, camp, fish, sing in a women's choir, dance, and explore the wonders of this great land. After celebrating Colony Days in Palmer every year, passing quaint little colony houses dotting the Matanuska Valley, and studying its history, she realized a unique story was waiting to be told--from the children's perspective. A few colony kids (with amazing memories) still live in the area and have been eager to share their adventures of that first year in a new land.
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