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The Road to Home (Remembrance "Mem" Nye)

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Following Journey to Nowhere and Frozen Summer, this is the third novel
in a powerful American pioneer trilogy.

"I knew I couldn't count on Papa any more, because no matter what he promised, he wasn't reliable. But he had given me enough money to provide us food and shelter for a week. I held in my hand the power to get us home."

Since her mother passed away, thirteen year ol
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 2000)
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I absolutely love this series. The author does a great job showing how foolish and weak Mem's father is and you can't rely on anyone but yourself. Mem is a great example of a headstrong woman who learns to take care of herself and her family because she's smart enough to realize that her father won't do it. The author clearly did her research and easily includes many facts throughout the book. I'm so sad it's over! After watching Mem grow up, finishing the book was like saying goodbye to a dear ...more
Karen Arendt
A perfect ending to this trilogy by Mary Jane Auch. I did not expect the turn of events as Mem travels back to Connecticut, but I love the ending. Family is not just blood relatives.
This is the final book about Mem Nye and her family. Mem’s dad left Mem in charge of her younger brother, Joshua, and baby Lily while he works in another town digging the Erie Canal. Mem does her best but it is difficult with no money and living in a run down hotel. On top if this Mem is supposed to work in the kitchen to help pay for their food.

Finally Mem has had enough of her father’s neglect and decides to return to Connecticut where her grandmother lives. Mem and her siblings start out on t
This is the final book in the series about Mem Nye.
Following the death of her mother, Mem's father tells the kids that they will go back to CT. However, there is always something to keep them from getting started. Finally they head back, but Father gets detained in Rome, NY where he joins in the work of building the Erie Canal. He leaves his three children alone in a tavern room from Monday to Sat night, spends that whole night carousing and then sleeps it off on Sun, then back to work. Mem dec
I confess that one of the things I like about this book is how pathetic and weak Mem's father proves to be. I had always suspected it in the first two books, but he really shows his true colors here.

Mem's mother has died. They have sold the homestead and are travelling back east, where Mem's father has promised her they would return. They stop in a rough and tumble town, where her father finds "temporary" work on the digging of the Erie Canal. It soon becomes clear that he doesn't intend to leav
Since her mother's descent into madness and eventual death,thirteen-year-old Mem Nye has been the one to care for her two younger siblings, seven-year-old Joshua and one-year-old Lily. When her father finally admits defeat and sells their New York frontier homestead, with the intention of returning to their old home in Connecticut, Mem believes things will finally get easier. But they only get worse. Her father, a reckless dreamer, halts their journey when it has barely started, so that he can t ...more
The first two books of this series were praised by Booklist and Kirkus, Horn Book and Publisher's Weekly to name a few, for their realism and writing. And I agree except...well, is it just me or is the dialogue entirely too modern? Don't get me wrong, I liked the book a lot and because of the dialogue found it very accessible and I'm certain the targeted audience will as well. That was probably the point. But from time to time when I was reading I would become aware of it. I'll finish this revie ...more
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Remembrance Nye finds the strength to defy her father in order to provide a home for her brother and baby sister. She gets help from an unlikely, and, as far as Mem is concerned, unlikeable ally.
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All of these books scared me when I read them... I was only like 9...
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Mary Jane Auch also writes as MJ Auch.

The thought of becoming a writer never occurred to MJ Auch as a child. Her only literary efforts in those days were the plays which she and her girlfriend, Noreen, wrote for their marionettes. They produced these extravaganzas in Noreen’s garage and organized the neighborhood boys into a sales force to sell tickets and refreshments.

Summer visits to both of MJ’
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Remembrance "Mem" Nye (3 books)
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