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Little Town at the Crossroads (Little House: The Caroline Years #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,147 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Meet Caroline Quiner...the little girl who would grow up to be Laura Ingalls' mother. Caroline watches eagerly as new beginnings spring up overnight and more and more families move into the growing town of Brookfield, Wisconsin. There are all sorts of new, exciting things for Caroline to do! She marches in her first Independence Day parade, a circus comes to town, and new ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 159 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by HarperTrophy (first published April 1st 1997)
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Enjoyable, though I'm starting to tire of too many anecdotes that are too similar to ones in the original books. Still, the writing is better than in the other non-Laura Little House books I've read so far, and who knows how narrow the guidelines were for this commissioned work.

It is interesting that Caroline is not portrayed much like the even-tempered, somewhat narrow-minded adult she became, so I'm curious to see how her character develops. This spinoff usually does best when it ta
Sep 05, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a perfectly fine entry in the series, episodic and with no throughline. It seems to have been based on original accounts by Caroline Quiner's sister, and I think maybe the author stuck too close to the originals to give the book just a little more cohesion. But then, the original Little House books were just accounts of daily life, so perhaps no more is needed.
Little Town at the Crossroads By Maria D Wilkes
By Michelle King period 2 English

The book I read is called little town at the crossroads. It about this girl named Martha and her family. This book takes place back in around the 17 and 18 hundreds. Some ideas about this book was well they did farming. Which wasn’t the main idea but obviously for a pioneer family they of course needed food to survive.

The book was organized very well. I liked how it was about a pioneer family living in the west. I d
Nov 24, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually liked this book a lot better than the first one. Charlotte seemed to lighten up some and have fun. There's not really an overall story arc, just little episodes. I'm fine with that style though. Sometimes you need to read a little fun book that doesn't require too much brain power. Basically the one word that would describe this book is sweet. Caroline is sweet, her friend Anna is sweet, the spelling bee is sweet, the cover is sweet, pretty much everything about this book is sweet.

This book tells more of the day-to-day life of Caroline who lives just outside of the small town of Brookfield. At school Caroline, makes friends with a German girl. At the end of the book, the family learns they must move since they are renters (and the owner wants his property back).
I really enjoyed reading this book. Wish it had come out before my children were grown.
Mar 25, 2010 Kasey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. I really liked learning more about Ma when she was a little girl and how she grew up in Wisconsin. I would greatly encourage Little House fans to read the whole little house series beginning with Laura's great grandmother, Martha, and ending with Laura's daugher, Rose. It was so much fun reading about the different times these women lived in. Rated three stars because it is way below my reading level so it is a entertaining fast read.
Lisa Baker
Apr 15, 2014 Lisa Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! It followed young Caroline through her many adventures (seeing a traveling circus, white" bears" in the woods, learning her family had to leave their home). I can't wait yo read the next exciting chapter in the Quiner family's life.
Rosa Cline
This is the second book in the Little House books Caroline series. As with the others this second book was better than the first due to already knowing the characters and being able to just enjoy the storyline and being 'there in the moment' with them. A simple but heartwarming easy read, perfect to help drift your mind into another time and place before you have to go to bed. Love these books!
Feb 01, 2011 Zoe rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
While these books don't have the detail of day to day life that the originals written by Wilder have, they do a beautiful job of showing the reactions of a young girl to the changes of a pioneering life, and give us some insight on how Laura Ingalls mother became the strong woman we saw in the books.
Jan 09, 2010 Celine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting is in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The main character is Caroline, who became the mom of the famous Laura Ingalls. This book is really interesting and talks about life in the prairies before it was settled. Life was hard in the prairies but this book talks about the fun they had, too.
Amy Flink
Dec 12, 2012 Amy Flink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as much as the first one!! My favorite parts were when Caroline befriends the German girl, Elsa, and when the circus comes to town and Caroline is convinced that two white bears have escaped from the circus and that she saw them climbing trees in her back yard!
Jul 17, 2013 Noelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Little House at the Crossroads' was better than the first one, being a bit quicker-paced and with more exciting things happening in the story. However, it still is from a very small girls view, so it's still not my favorite. I still gonna keep reading the series, though!
Jun 14, 2011 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read any "Little House on the Prairie" books. Having said that, I enjoyed the details the author put into this story. The story itself was kind of choppy and hard to follow in places, but I really enjoyed the perspective.
Jul 28, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoyed laura's books
I have been reading the Caroline Years and the Laura Years ever since I was a kid so whenever I read this book I remember a bunch of memories of what I thought of the book when I first read it. This book is like an old friend to me.
Jan 21, 2008 Gl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: laura ingalls fans
I am a huge fan of the Laura Ingalls stories!!! The tried and true Laura stories are by far my favorites, but when I came across stories of her great-grandmother all the way down to her daughter, I was thrilled.
Interesting how each of the Little House series shows so much growth. It seems like that's all America was doing, no matter whey they went. They were on their own, and then a town would spring up later.
Aug 18, 2012 Evelyn is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
so far it is good. I am really enjoying it. It is one of toughs books you need to read all of them to understand the Characters and what's happening
Britt-goodie of newsieness
It was in my mad rush to finish the Caroline series. I don't really remember it. I'm bad! I'm a bad bad girl! WAH WAH WAH!!
Enjoyed this story, looking forward to the next one. Bummed that most of this "series" is out of print and incomplete.
Sep 21, 2013 anD rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a good book. I get to know how things were during the early years of the American lived.
April Brown
Oct 16, 2011 April Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, pre-teen
One story of the mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Lots of fun and laughs, a good afternoon read.
Grace Gordon
people who have read this book will now meet Charles Ingalls the father of Laura Ingalls
Nov 03, 2013 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Another cute story in the saga of Caroline Quiner, Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother.
The second book in the Caroline Ingalls Quiner series. Just as good as the first!
Nice book. I really liked the plot but still like Ingall's books better.
Aug 05, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. I will be reading the other books in the series.
Cute book, less boring than 'Little house in Brookfield"
Mar 17, 2010 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just skimmed this - it's a lot of fun, and well-done.
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Maria D. Wilkes first read the Little House books as a young girl and has been fascinated by pioneer history ever since. She did extensive research on the Quiner, Ingalls, and Wilder families, studied original sources and family letters and diaries, and worked in close consultation with several historians and the Laura Ingalls Wilder estate as she wrote the Caroline Years books. She lives in New J ...more
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