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New Dawn on Rocky Ridge (Little House: The Rose Years #6)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  3,555 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Rose and her family are still living in the little town of Mansfield, where they are doing their best to get back on their feet and return to Rocky Ridge Farm. It's a big year for Rose and one filled with many changes. She witnesses the dawn of a new era as she celebrates the turn of the twentieth century, and she helps with the first apple harvest out on Rocky Ridge Farm. ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Perfection Learning
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Ashley Perham
Apr 06, 2015 Ashley Perham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well guys, this book had me confused, annoyed, frustrated, sad, sort of sobbing, and super excited! Let's just go through one by one ;D

First confusion. I probably read too fast, but what was that whole thing with Miss Sarah. It kinda seemed important but flew over my head. It has stayed with me though, and I'm not sure why. I guess it's because I'm not totally through processing it!

Annoyed/frustrated: Seriously Rose, drop the attitude. Just like please. It sort of made the middle of the book rat
Aug 15, 2014 Mary-Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book begins with the turn of the century, 1900, an exciting time because one only lives through a turn of the century once in his or her life, if at all. Miss Sarah, a teacher and an old maid (but only 26) comes to board with the Wilders. On a bet, a wild 30-year-old bachelor named Wade starts to court her (but mocking her behind her back), producing gossip throughout the town. When Wade recklessly drives his horse and buggy into a tree (with Miss Sarah aboard) and nearly dies, Miss Sarah an ...more
The only thing that seemed OK about this book were the two chapters where Laura goes back to South Dakota. Very briefly this book turns into a book about Laura rather than a book about Rose. And that is OK. What I think is silly is how the names do and do not change. As these books are about Rose, Laura is addressed as "Mama" and Almanzo is "Papa". That is OK. But something happens when Laura goes to SD. The author turns "Papa" into "Almanzo". That was OK, too, because this is about Laura now. S ...more
The other John
I have mixed feelings about this book, the sixth volume of Little House: The Rose Years series. (It used to be called The Rocky Ridge years until they decided to make the Little House spin-offs span five generations.) In it our heroine, Rose Wilder, becomes a teenager. She's moody, rebellious, and generally not as lovable as the Rose of years gone by. The minor characters have also changed. You see less of the friends and neighbors from Rocky Ridge farm and more of the townfolk of Mansfield, Mis ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the more exciting Rose books. She gets to see the arrival of a new century- the 1900s, has an exciting boarder- Miss Sarah(an old maid),has a bountiful first crop of apples, and gets Paul to notice her. There are many deaths in this book. Also Rose turns into a whinny complainer for a while. Rose starts to hang out with Elsa Beaumont because she thinks that she has fallen in love with an older traveling man. Rose and Elsa sneak out to meet him many times. Rose starts to admire Els ...more
Paul Lunger
Nov 23, 2011 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "New Dawn on Rocky Ridge", the story of Rose Wilder advances yet another 2 years as we move from 1900-1902. This time around we witness the dawn of the 20th century, assassination of McKinley, the first major harvest at Rocky Ridge Farm, a major death, as well as romance on a couple of different scales. What's nice about this series has always been the ability to watch Rose slowly grow-up across the years & see that teenagers of this era are at times no different than those in ours. This ...more
Mar 20, 2008 Maren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 20, 2010 Kirsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my favorite of the Rose books so far. Rose is growing up into a moody rebellious teenager (which is pretty amusing). She is also far more political and politically aware than we've seen previously from any of the Ingalls/Wilder series, which I suspect is a reflection of the grown-up Rose and her beliefs and attitudes. A few references to women's suffrage (Mama couldn't vote, but she and Papa were both supporters of... etc. etc.), a decent amount of politics (McKinley and his assa ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Jerianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the best one of the Rose books. He did a really good job of keeping it in the Little House style, and the coming of age story that he told of Rose was good. The part I liked best, though, was when Mama (Laura) went home to Ma and Pa because Pa was dying, and all the memories that came from that. I'm such a Little House freak, I was bawling like a baby that Pa was dying. I had to stop and remind myself that all of them are dead. Ma, Pa, Laura, Rose, even Roger, who was Rose's ado ...more
Yolanda Rico
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Rose is a teenager in this book and not such a goody two shoes. She has resentment against her parents (against Laura and Almanzo? Oh, that's a crime, she's perfect, Rose is now less in my eyes) and does some SNEAKY stuff. I was disappointed that she left to go and live with her aunt in the end. She's supposed to always love the farm like Laura and Almanzo! She's not allowed to become an individual!!! Change of times, though...1900...lots of opportunities and things happening in the world. I've ...more
Aug 06, 2009 Sadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that I have gotten over the fact that some of the characters in the Rose series are fictional and, therefore, some of the events. I continued to enjoy learning of their lives. There is one point where the story takes you with Laura back to visit her family and Rose and Almanzo were left in Missouri. I found that bit a little confusing because Laura is still referred to as Mama, but Almanzo as Almanzo. I can see that the author wanted us to see first hand what Laura was doing but he must have ...more
Sarah Michele
Jun 13, 2012 Sarah Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I asked the kiddo if she'd finished this one, she sort of didn't answer and then said that she didn't like it. I was puzzled as she usually gobbles anything Laura or Rose related.

I think I know why, though, because I cried my eyes out for about a chapter and a half. Those chapters are weird, though, too. There's an awkward shift from Rose's point of view to Laura's.

This one really starts to set up the trajectory that Rose ends up on, as well as the eventual writing of the original books.
May 06, 2011 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so sad. I was like, I'm going to enjoy this book and it will probably not be sad at all. Maybe even a bit boring. Then the author surprised me!!!!! It made me cry or made tears fill my eyes at least 5+ times. It was really good, it was the complete opposite from what I thought it would be. I couldn't put it down!!!!! I would recommend this book to anyone of any age. It is the perfect book to read on a rainy day in front of a warm fire with a mug of hot chocolate by your side.
Mae Walker
Fascinating true story about one girl's life in the turn of the century. I always find it interesting reading about how different attitudes were then, and the reactions to new inventions like telephones, cars and *horror* indoor toilets!
I really relate to Rose, and found although the book was very simply written, it was beautifully done. I cried in several places, it was that good.
Sanya Weathers
Jul 31, 2013 Sanya Weathers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a kid's book. Also, not very objectively good (you can tell this was actually an outline and some working notes left behind by the author, who died before writing the book).

What it IS is crack for Little House nuts, of which I am one. There are some tremendously moving sections, especially if you read the original books as a kid and you are now a wife and mother.
Kristen Luppino
Jan 28, 2017 Kristen Luppino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. Especially after how the Rose series started I'm surprised, but this added soul, not to mention a great two chapters from Laura's view again. And there is some about President McKinley that somehow makes me hold hope for getting through. Wow.
Jan 21, 2008 Gl rated it really liked it  ·  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. Though I have to admit, the "Rose Years" are my least favorite.
Jul 26, 2013 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
We see Rose starting to grow up in this one. Her feelings for Paul enhanced; Lots of little surprises in store in this read, but find it hard to stop. Highly Recommended by all Little House book readers.
Apr 23, 2010 Flora marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I'm what you could call a happy ending fanatic, and I really didn't see that coming in this book so I ended up having to drop it. I don't see me coming back to try again, but I do like the way this author writes.
Kacey Kendrick Wagner
Rose is becoming a teenager...and has the attitude to go with it! Living in town, she makes friends with a flighty girl who encourages her to sneak around. Not good. It's fun to read about the turn of the century and her developing relationship with Paul Cooley, though.
A.k. Frailey
Jul 14, 2015 A.k. Frailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We really enjoyed this book as a read-aloud. The story rang true but pulled on the moist vibrant strings of life, echoing beautifully through time. I only wish I had realized these MacBride books were available earlier...
Changes for Rose, and they're right along the lines that most girls at this age want to be reading about. Boys, of course. One in particular--the one you've been hoping for all along in the series.
Jul 29, 2008 Shari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, pre-2004
Book 6
Tawney Lee
Jun 25, 2016 Tawney Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good book. Has some very sad part dealing with the death of a very close family member.
Jun 21, 2016 Gillie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how Paul tells secret! This is probably my favorite book of the series.
Jun 28, 2013 Roshan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Book!
Nov 20, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Very good.
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