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Little Town in the Ozarks (Little House: The Rose Years #5)

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The Little House books have captivated generations of readers with their story of the little pioneer girl Laura Ingalls growing up on the American frontier. Now the Little House story continues with The Rocky Ridge Years, books that tell the story of Laura and Almanzo Wilder's daughter, Rose.

The first four books in the Series, Little House on Rocky Ridge, Little Farm In Th
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 30th 1996 by HarperCollins
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A.k. Frailey
Jul 13, 2015 A.k. Frailey rated it it was amazing
The kids and I really loved this book. It felt true to life yet still carried the magic of the Laura Ingalls-Wilder Little House series. There was a lot of new material that deftly covered the national changes from the late 1800's into the early 1900's. Characters with real personalities, clear settings, well developed plot lines, overall, an excellent read. I would recommend this book to young and old alike.
The other John
In this fifth volume of the set, The Rocky Ridge series seems to take a turn. Storywise, Rose Wilder and her family are forced by a poor harvest and pressing bills to move from their farm to a house in the town of Mansfield, Missouri. It's an adjustment for the family as they experience the joys and burdens of "city" life. But the book also has a healthy dose of political commentary as the Wilders and their neighbors react to and comment on the Spanish-American war. It's a marked change from the ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Mary-Jane rated it it was amazing
Rose and her parents adjust to living in town, in the house purchased for them by Almanzo's parents, after a drought and fire at the farm necessitate supplementing their incomes with jobs in town. Laura doesn't like town until she meets some ladies from the Order of the Eastern Star and is asked to join. (Almanzo is a mason, and the OES is for wives of masons). Rose doesn't feel as though she belongs in town, but then has a pleasant visit with Mrs. Rippee and is invited to borrow books from her ...more
Paul Lunger
Nov 22, 2011 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it
Book 5 in Roger Lea MacBride's "The Rose Years" starts off with a disclaimer that the author passed away in 1995 & that the series will continue off of 4 manuscripts that were given to him by Rose before her death. While incomplete the publishers at Harper Collins had enough story to finish this series in a total of 8 books. For "Little Town in the Ozarks" we find the Wilder family adjusting to life in town after having to move out of the farm on Rocky Ridge due to a series of disasters in ...more
Jun 23, 2012 Utami rated it liked it
Buku kelima dari serial yang menceritakan tentang Rose. Seperti serial Little House on the Prairie, this is the kind of book that warms your heart. Dalam buku ini, Rose memulai kehidupan yang baru di kota, bersama Papa dan Mama-nya. Disini dai merasa asing dengan ritme kehidupan kota yang begitu berbeda dengan tanah pertanian. Dan dia juga merasa tidak percaya diri, karena walau bagaimanapun juga, dia adalah seorang gadis miskin yang berbeda dengan teman-teman kotanya. Di buku ini juga Rose ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
I read this quite a few months ago, but I wrote chapter summaries so I would remember it when I finally got to the Rose books! I remember liking quite a few things!

A lot of parts a verrry well-written. For example, when Laura debates for the Indians! YESSSS She's sooooooo good at debate! And then Rose's emotional breakdown is actually pretty realistic and written so splendidly that the reader feels sooo bad for Rose and just like her at the same time!

I love how Nate learns to love books and Ros
Jun 23, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Rose is starting to grow up. She doesn't complain as much in the end of the book as she did in the beginning. She learns that she's going to have to do things that she doesn't want to. The Wilders moved into town to raise enough money to move back to the farm when the orchard starts to bear fruit. At first Rose complains a lot about how much she hates being in town. After awhile she realizes that it's not so bad. The family still goes out to help work at the farm and Rose still gets to see ...more
May 08, 2010 Kirsten rated it really liked it
Rose is growing up..... My favorite part of this is when there is a town debate (for entertainment, like the spelling bee in Little Town on the Prairie), and Laura ends up giving an impassioned speech about the troubles of the American Indian. I know there are some who criticize the way the original series dealt with Native issues, but this makes up for it, in my opinion. At the very least, it represents an awareness that prevailing ideas in society were changing by the turn of the century about ...more
Kacey Kendrick Wagner
Feb 06, 2011 Kacey Kendrick Wagner rated it really liked it
In the 5th "Rose" book, the Wilder's are adjusting to living in town, away from Rocky Ridge Farm. Rose is growing up...and begins to have feelings for Paul Cooley. One of my favorite parts, though, is Laura's participation in the debate. Plus, we learn Swiney Baird's real name! Another entertaining book in the series. On to the next one!
Aug 06, 2009 Sadie rated it liked it
I was disappointed to find out that Rose's story is quite fictionalized and that some of the characters that I have grown to love didn't really exist. I will continue reading this series but my enjoyment of it has been diminished some.
Jan 21, 2008 Gl rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 25, 2013 Molly rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels, read-eons-ago
I should probably stop adding books I read as a child just because they happen to pop up on a rating screen. I have basically no thoughts about this except that these books weren't anything like as good as Laura Ingalls Wilder's.
Nov 23, 2008 Carolyn rated it liked it
I was glad to see that Rose adjusted to living in town by the end of this book. I was sorry to see, though, that she seemed to change and didn't enjoy the country as much, nor the simple things. I guess she didn't miss the farmwork that went along with it.
Rose is growing up and the town is growing, too. She encounters some of the same troubles with that as her mother did when she was young.
May 30, 2013 Steph rated it it was amazing
Great story! Found out a lot of information about the family, and all of their hardships. Good for people of all ages!
Aug 19, 2010 Audrey rated it really liked it
A lot of the stories from this and New Dawn on Rocky Ridge (book 6) were taken from Rose Wilder Lane's book Old Home Town.
Jan 13, 2012 Elia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 12, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
I don't know how it happened that I didn't read all the books in the series (and I'm not sure that I even read them in order!)...
Mar 25, 2010 Kasey rated it liked it
This series just keeps getting better and better! Rose is growing up and much more interesting things are happening to her.
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MacBride called himself "the adopted grandson" of writer and political theorist Rose Wilder Lane, the daughter of writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, and as such laid claim to the substantial Ingalls-Wilder's literary estate, including the "Little House on the Prairie" franchise. He is the author of record of three additional "Little House" books, and began the "Rocky Ridge Years" series, describing the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Little House: The Rose Years (8 books)
  • Little House on Rocky Ridge (Little House: The Rocky Ridge Years, #1)
  • Little Farm in the Ozarks (Little House: The Rocky Ridge Years, #2)
  • In the Land of the Big Red Apple (Little House: The Rocky Ridge Years, #3)
  • On the Other Side of the Hill (Little House: The Rocky Ridge Years, #4)
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