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Little City by the Lake (Little House: The Caroline Years #6)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,475 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Spirit of the Western FrontierFifteen-year-old Caroline is leaving her Concord home for the first time to live with her aunt and uncle in Milwaukee, where she will attend Milwaukee Female College. At first, Caroline is frightened by the big, bustling city, and she finds school more challenging than she expected. But she soon begins to enjoy all the excitement Milwaukee has ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published April 15th 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 1st 2003)
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Nov 24, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
First off, a big thank you to Miss Jo for getting me this book! It was great!
Caroline keeps reminding me of myself. I don't think I've related to a character this much, like ever! She and I like basically the same things! I loved the descriptions of the dresses! And I loved the newspaper business! Like Caroline, I wasn't sure what I would think of Uncle Elisha, but he was nice and charming! The cousins were nice too! The college sounded like a fun, educational experience, but the calisthenics cl
May 07, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Caroline Quiner, mother of Laura Ingalls, is now fifteen, and has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a year in Milwaukee with her relatives and attend a female seminary. Life in the city is certainly a huge change from her home in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Caroline's uncle prints a newspaper, and he and her aunt are involved in the Temperance and Abolitionst movements, so Caroline learns more about those causes. Mostly, though, she spends her time at school, making new friends, learning ...more
This book disappointed me after the first several books in the series. It tells the story of Caroline's year in Milwaukee living with family while attending a girl's college in hopes of becoming a teacher. While that is the premise of the book she does not actually start school until the book is nearly half over. The first SEVERAL chapters focus on the town itself and the social and technological setting of the story, which are given much more time and focus than is merited. By the time Caroline ...more
Jun 16, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
In this book we get to see Caroline grow more confident. Caroline is going into college at Milwaukee. She is next to the lake where her father died during a voyage. Caroline starts to feel closer to her father because of the lake and getting closer to her Uncle Elisha. Even though Caroline misses her family she learns a lot in school and makes new friends. Her closest friend is Millie. She also gets closer to James. But James's sister, Zilpha, does not like this because Caroline is a poor fronti ...more
Rea K
Sep 25, 2015 Rea K rated it really liked it
This could certainly have gone on for another hundred pages, but in the end, I'm also pleased that it was as short was it was. Caroline moves to Milwaukee to go to college, which is more like a secondary school because she's only sixteen. well, fifteen going on sixteen. She deals with mean girls and nice girls. I really enjoyed reading about Milwaukee when it had 45,000 people.
I liked being able to see something different than living on the farm. Oh, don't get me wrong, the farm is lovely, but
Oct 29, 2015 Mary-Jane rated it really liked it
Caroline moves to Milwaukee for a year to study at Miss Catharine Beecher's women's college in order to prepare to become a teacher. Caroline stays with her uncle and his family and learns what it is like to live in town and attend balls and literaries and see the latest fashions (hoops skirts). Her uncle owns and runs a newspaper, so she stays abreast of current events such as the battle in Kansas over whether or not it should be a free state. Caroline experiences the snobbery of another well-t ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an accidental six-year-old picked it from the library as a bedtime read. I read snippets of it to him each evening before he went to read on his own, and I decided I wanted to read the rest. While I think temperance, abolition, and a sixteen-year-old girl's relationships are definitely above a six-year-old's level, I thought this was an excellent glimpse into nineteenth-century life for an older child (or an adult!). I only wonder how detailed those letters from Laura's aunt r ...more
Naomi Sarah
Apr 12, 2015 Naomi Sarah rated it it was amazing
Caroline leaves her family for the first time in her life to go to college in a big and modern town, Milwaukee.

She stays with her lovely uncle and aunt (who remind me SO much of Elizabeth Bennet's uncle and aunt in Pride and Prejudice 1995 movie adaptation (which means I love them)), makes friends she can never wholly relate too due to her simple and hard upbringing and their easy, lavish one, and then finally gets through her exams in flying colours, ready to be a teacher and go back home.

Dec 18, 2014 Rachael rated it it was amazing
Review Posted at Rachael Turns Pages

In this novel Caroline is 15 and she is going off to the big city of Milwaukee to attend the Milwaukee Female College to study to be a teacher. It was nice seeing Caroline so grown up and exploring a big city when she is used to small country life. I loved her reaction to the modern conviences we take advantage of today. Could you imagine not having running water?

There was a lot of things I liked about this book. Meeting Caroline's aunt and uncle, learning ab
Rosa Cline
This is the sixth book in the Little House books Caroline series. As with the others this sixth 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!

In this book Caroline is a little older so this story does have a bit more 'story' to it. In this book s
April Brown
May 06, 2013 April Brown rated it really liked it
A childhood favorite re-visited.

Is the story as good as I remember? – Yes

What ages would I recommend it too? – Eight and up.

Length? – Most of a day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Real world, 1855 and 1856.

Written approximately? – 2003.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No.

Short storyline: Caroline leaves her mother, stepdad, brothers, and sisters to go off to col
Heidi Barrus
Feb 28, 2015 Heidi Barrus rated it liked it
Like most of the Little House Caroline books, Caroline's personality in this one remains dull and hazy. Each time I pick up a new book I hope that finally we will get to really know her but I'm disappointed again. Otherwise, it's a good, solid, entertaining Little House book.
 Tara ♪
I liked it. It was a bit slow at first, but got moving quickly. The writing wasn't the best I've ever read, but it was good. Simple. It had a satisfying end. However, when Caroline overhears gossip near the end... I don't know. I just didn't like that. It didn't go anywhere. It was just adding on to a pile of details about the girl who didn't like her and why. It was as if the author trusted us to infer and then decided to make sure we got it and throw in some gossip that had nothing to do with ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Stella rated it really liked it
Compared to the other books in the Caroline years series, this one hit a home run! It tells the story of Caroline Quiner's once in a lifetime experience spending a year in Milwaukee studying at a female college. Perfect book for anyone who's read the little house books and is looking for a sequel!!
Becca Brault
Aug 14, 2014 Becca Brault rated it it was amazing
After reading the Little House Laura series it was hard to get use to but by the end I loved it and it was great
Apr 29, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
It liked this book because it is set in Milwaukee. It was fun to think about what it was like her in 1855.
Joni Rupnow
Jan 28, 2015 Joni Rupnow rated it liked it
It was fun to see how Milwaukee was different back then and to get a glimpse of life back then.
Mar 25, 2010 Kasey rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book as much as I liked the other books in the Caroline Years simply because she was away from home and her family was not in it. I did like seeing how Ma became a teacher and the schooling she went through back then. 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 ...more
Katie Loucks
love this series!!!!!
Oct 02, 2014 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Sep 27, 2008 Susann rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susann by: for NY VSC meeting
Not particularly deep or life-changing, but a pleasant and enjoyable read. It covers the 9 months that 16-year-old Caroline Quiner (Laura Ingalls' future mother) spent in Milwaukee. The author clearly did her research and I don't think any LIW fans would have any authenticity problems with the story. I enjoyed learning more about Milwaukee, especially the part where Caroline visits the German part of town. BT fans will have fun making comparisons to Tib's 1907 Milwaukee.
Jan 05, 2014 Lauri rated it liked it
Probably my favorite of the Caroline books. I liked how the author brought in a few things we learned about Caroline in the Little House books. It did remind me of Bachelor Girl from the Rose years in some themes.
These books were my childhood. I had always liked historical fiction, and these were no exception. Amazing for their details, the reader really gets to experience life as Caroline knew it. I'd really recommend this book to anyone interested in this time period, or historical fiction in general. The writing is fantastic, and you get swept up into the world as Caroline knew it. A great read.
Oct 30, 2012 Zoe rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Not as dramatic as some in the series, but for a fascinating look at pre-civil war Milwaukee, this is an excellent start. Some good introductions to abolitionists and the Kansas Territory conflicts as well, this might be great for older (10 and up) kids who want to learn more about events leading up to the civil war in a soft setting.
Jan 21, 2008 Gl rated it it was amazing
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. Though I have to admit, the "Rose Years" are my least favorite.
Susan Baranoff
Aug 31, 2010 Susan Baranoff rated it it was amazing
Caroline Quiner - the woman who is to become Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Ma" - moves "back east" to Milwaukee to attend a school founded by Miss Catherine Beecher. Caroline completes her course of study, but what will she do next?
May 02, 2009 Jae rated it liked it
Fun little book about Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother going off to the big city of Milwaukee to study at teacher's college. I really liked all the period details, and I'm always up for reading about girls away at school.
May 14, 2009 Sadie rated it really liked it
Continues Caroline's story as she leaves her home for college. I continue to enjoy learning about the past and of Caroline.
Oct 18, 2013 anD rated it it was ok
Not too promising to read like the first three of the series, but I still enjoy reading it.
Mar 23, 2010 Kirsten rated it really liked it
Caroline goes to the Big City and encounters many Modern Accoutrements.
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