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The Wind Blows Free (Texas Panhandle #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  81 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Forced to give up his store in East Texas, Mr. Pierce introduces his family to the daunting challenge of life in a sod hut on the windswept plain of the Texas Panhandle. While the move offers a prospect of something new to little Carolyn and adventure to the lively twins, Bert and Dick, it promises to be an ordeal of labor and isolation for Mama, Melinda and timid Katie. 1 ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Bethlehem Books (first published 1952)
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This series of books would be enjoyed by anyone who likes the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and I wish they were more available to today's readers. I loved them when I was growing up. I felt a closeness to the Pierce sisters because I, too, lived on a farm, and though NE CO wasn't as flat as W TX, you could still look for miles and see nothing but land and sky. And, like the Pierce girls, I both loved the land and sometimes wished to be somewhere else.

This book tells the story of Melinda, the old
The prairie in the 1890's was wild, dangerous and free. When a family moves out West to live on a homestead, some of the family members are less than thrilled but they have to learn to live in their new environment and even come to love it and the way the wind blows freely there.
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
It is refreshing to visit a simpler time. This story takes place in pioneer times near Amarillo, Texas. Meet the Pierce family who begin their life on the prairie in a dugout after their store burned down in East Texas. It will tickle your funny bone in places and warm your in others!
Written in 1952 this wonderful historical book is as old as I am! A pioneer story of homesteaders in Texas. Their challenges were so realistic that I suffered with them. Good old fashioned family love and unity are central.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was pretty darn good I guess. I've read it more then once and liked it.
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First published in 1957, this is the story of the pioneering Pierce family who move from East Texas to the Texas Panhandle in the 1890s where Mr. Pierce has taken a homestead and begun farming. Fourteen-year-old Melinda is reluctant to leave her family and friends behind in the city. She is promised that in a year and a half she can return to her grandmother in East Texas to attend the young ladies' academy where her mother went. Life in the Panhandle is difficult. Their nearest neighbors are a ...more
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Jun 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Not the best prairie story - not even close!

We were not happy with this title. The characters were not at all appealing - not even the 'heroine'! Her siblings are worse, and the parents are a confusing mix of reliability and unreliability. No one stays 'true to character' except the bratty little boys!

The writing style is not excellent either. There are strangely short, stilted, grammatically incorrect sentences sprinkled liberally throughout the book that we would hate for our children to mimic
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Most of us are familiar with the pioneer life in the Dakota’s at the end of the 19th century. This is a story of the pioneers who pushed out onto the Texas frontier. Fourteen year old Melinda Pierce is most miserable. She has been forced to give up the luxuries of a life in town for the dusty life in a dirt dugout and is prone to a few episodes of mild teenage angst. Life isn’t always fair, afterall. But life can be funny. Melinda learns all of this, and even that she can find joy by helping oth ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michiel by: Book Lust
Judging the book by its cover, I was afraid this was going to be a really hokey story. I was wrong.

The story was good, about a family who moves to the panhandle in Texas and sets up a homestead. Yes, read it all in Laura Ingalls, but glad to have another viewpoint and another location. The family members are intersting, as is especially our main character, Melinda. She grows and changes throughout the novel. We also get a great learning about the landscape into which she moves: the dangers and t
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that has stuck with me over MANY years *cough* I have to go find a copy for my daughter now that it's in my head again!
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