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Charlotte's Rose

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  599 ratings  ·  137 reviews
I will carry that baby to Zion,” I shout at them, “just see if I don’t!”

Well! I did it! I have left them all quite speechless.

In 1856, 12-year-old Charlotte and her widowed father are members of a Welsh handcart company on the Mormon Trail, so poor they cannot afford wagons but must push carts from Iowa City to Utah. When a woman in the company dies giving birth, and her h
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 10th 2002 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book sucked me right in. But of course, it's HISTORICAL FICTION! I started to read this book aloud to my students in preparation for the author's visit, but I cannot continue. Although the author and I are members of the same Church, I feel uncomfortable reading aloud about Joseph's First Vision and other doctrinal things. It's too close to mixing Church and State. I was afraid I would be getting some phone calls from some parents. Also, the book mentions a woman who died from bleeding ...more
A beautiful book.

In simple prose, Cannon tells the story of 13-year-old Charlotte, who is emigrating from Wales to Utah with her father and other Mormon converts. From a poor mining community, they will walk across the plains carrying everything they have in a small handcart. But shortly into their trek a woman does in childbirth, and Charlotte volunteers to care for the child. A gentle and sincere book.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Typically, I do not care for fictional pioneer tales. This story was unexpectedly good. Young Charlotte heading to Utah from Wales with her father and other members of her Welsh community lead the reader on a journey through the eyes of this young girl. Charlotte has a good imagination but cannot read or write to put her words onto paper. This line gives the reader the perfect visual, “My head is just a cupboard. I open it up and the stories are waiting for me on the shelves.” Charlotte is irrev ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is at the intersection of a couple of my favorite genres; it's both a pioneer story and a coming-of-age story. I liked following spunky thirteen-year-old Charlotte across the plains as she grows from a girl to a woman. She learns a lot about herself as she cares for a friend's baby, Rose. And there are plenty of other interesting supporting characters that help fill out the company: Charlotte's supportive and kind father, a widowed young mother who struggles with depression, a mysterio ...more
Aug 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, youth
Ran across the summary on a bib and tracked down the book. I couldn't put it down! I absolutely adored Charlotte and loved following her story. I did keep forgetting that she was only 13, but that's a minor quibble. It was so well characterized and written, I may track it down to buy and share with Claire, who also loves history.

It was a pioneer story, which I've been itching to read more of lately, but it was the story of Mormon immigrants, walking with their handcarts to Utah. Not a story I'm
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite comfort books--- books which I read multiple times, when I'm in the mood for an old friend. This book seems to be the perfect metaphor for how I feel about parenting. Starting out over-confident, not realizing how hard it would really be. Then once you discover the joy of it, you realize the children aren't really yours anyway.

This is also the best fictionalized story of the Mormon pioneer handcart history that I have ever read.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This is a great, clean read about life on the trail during the 1800's.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
My sister-in-law handed over a bunch of books she was done with so that I could give them away at book festivals in the spring. She told me that I had to read this one. This is a story of a young Welsh girl who is part of a Mormon handcart company making the journey to Utah in 1856. I grew up in Utah and am a Mormon, so Iam familiar with the basics of the story of poor families pushing and pulling their belongings across the prairies to their new home. Seeing it all through the eyes of 13 year o ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a good book! A historical fiction about pioneer immigrants who are in a handcart company crossing the plains to get to Utah. It is a story of Love, loss, sacrifice,hardships and the strength of community. There are many great lessons to be taken from this book. It is a story about a young feisty welsh girl who after a mother dies giving birth to her baby offers to carry that baby on her back to Utah. Beautifully written.
Loved it! Great coming of age story, and proof that books with Mormon characters can be mainstream and not sappy or preachy.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a special story. It touched my heart. Walking that many miles was treacherous. I don't know how Charlotte did it, and with a baby! Rose wasn't even her own, but she cared for her as if she was. That's an amazing feat. She was strong and stubborn.
Nora Winterton
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! It is the perfect book to read in July, because the story is told by Charlotte, a Welsh girl who is crossing the plains to get to Salt Lake City!
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Kathryn Marie
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I love this young, LDS, pioneer story. Cannon has done a nice job balancing the challenges of the Mormon pioneer migration and making this a hopeful read for young readers. Cannon's details make the trek very real and vivid. There is humor and spirit and tragedy all here that make this coming-of-age story a great read.
Toni Pilcher
Charlotte Edwards kicks butt! She is now one of my favorite characters in literature. When the going gets tough, Charlotte gets tougher. Never mind being a teenage girl and the messy experience of the "first blood": add to that, leaving your homeland and crossing the American plains while taking care of a newborn baby and mourning your own recently deceased mother and enduring the teasings of the teenage boys and surviving a food shortage and proving the adults wrong. Whew! The odds are against ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Charlotte's Rose is the story of a 12yo girl who volunteers to carry a newborn baby across the plains after the baby's mother dies in childbirth.

I don't actually read a lot of LDS fiction, in spite of the fact that I'm LDS. I have a few reasons for this, none of which I will discuss here. But knowing the quality of Cannon's writing and how freaking funny she is, I knew it would be okay.

This book is wonderful. It's well written, tender, thoroughly researched, and most of all, funny. This book is
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
We are enjoying this book about Charlotte Edwards, a thirteen year old, motherless Welsh LDS pioneer girl crossing the prairie with her father in a handcart company. Charlotte impetuously volunteers to carry a baby whose mother died in childbirth until the grieving father will claim her. Written in journal like format, the stories are funny and describe pioneer life and the work involved in carrying for an infant. This actually won some sort of book award, and is not typical LDS fiction. (Which ...more
Maria Ortega
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it
In 1856, there was a large movement of Mormon Welsh families moving to Utah to gain their religious freedom. In the movement was 12 year old Charlotte and her father who worked for a handcart company. They were so poor that they could not afford their own handcart and were forced to push handcarts across the US. In the move West, a family had lost a mom who had just had a newborn, being left with only the father. Charlotte stepped up and helped take care of the baby girl Rose. Raising her the wh ...more
Penny Johnson
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature-class
As a descendant of Mormon pioneers, I'm surprised I had never heard of this book. (My daughter tells me she owns it, so where have I been???) A.E. Cannon has presented an account that heightened my appreciation of my ancestors more than any 24th of July activity ever has. The characters in this story were human; with bitterness, grief, and depression they had to walk through just as certainly as they had to walk through the barren plains. Pioneer children did more than just sing as they walked a ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Moving west in the year 1856, Charlotte stays with her Mormon community. They push and pull their hand carts to their land of Zion in Utah. This spunky 13 year old declared that she would take a newborn, deserted by her grieving father, all the way to the promised land.

Told in her perspective, she gives the history of this north western trek a face to remember.

Although not a favorite of my boys, they did persevere this girl's struggles and lessons.
She finds that most have joined this Mormon gr
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Charlotte is a 12 year Mormon pioneer girl from Wales and she is making the trek to Utah from the Eastern United States in a handcart company. On the first part of the journey, a woman dies in child birth and the father of the baby is grief stricken and can't handle taking care of a baby. Charlotte volunteers to carry the baby to Utah. It is very challenging for her and she matures quite a bit through the experience. It is a fiction story but apparently there was a young pioneer Mormon girl who ...more
Sandra Strange
Almost thirteen year old Charlotte is going to Zion with her father and with other Welsh saints. The group weathers an Atlantic sea journey and a rail journey in cattle cars. As the handcart pioneers begin the long journey over the prairie, a young woman who has befriended Charlotte gives birth to a tiny girl, then dies. Charlotte volunteers to carry the babe to Zion, since her inconsolable father wants nothing to do with her. Based on many pioneers’ experiences, this LDS fiction offers quality ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I was hoping this book was true...sadly it is not! It is a mixture of several Pioneers true accounts.
There was a young girl who did carry a baby on her backs across the plains to Utah. There are some scenes which are fictionalized but based on true historical accounts. So I would say it was great for a Historical Fiction!

This book is really a tween-coming of age book. I liked it. It was clearly written for girls 12-15. All the biological chances that start at puberty, losings mother, carrying
Jun 15, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is written by LaVell Edwards daughter A.E.Cannon. It is a story of a Welsh family who were converts to the church and their travels to Utah. One interesting part of the story is the main character Charlotte is 13 years old - her mom dies during childbirth - and so she is being raise by her father. In the story a sister they are traveling with dies after giving birth to a baby girl. Her husband is so sad that he ignores the baby. Charolotte steps up to take care of the newborn baby. I e ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 5-8 240 pgs

1856, Mormon Trail. 12 year old Charlotte and her father making the long journey with fellow Mormons from their home in Wales to their new home in Salt Lake City, Utah. When one of the women dies in childbirth and her husband is too overcome with grief to care for his newborn daughter, Charlotte offers to carry and care for the baby, whom she calls Rose, all the way to Salt Lake City. No one believes that Charlotte will be able to do it, but Charlotte is determined to prove them wr
Megan Anderson
A beautiful story about different types of love--religious, romantic, and familial, and how a young Welsh immigrant on the Mormon Trail to Utah in 1856. Part of it actually made me cry, which doubly unusual because I'm not a big fan of "God" books. Overall, it was good. The main character was dynamic in a clunky kind of way, which is appropriate given her age. The descriptions of the trail were good, though time in the book didn't seem to flow very well. A definite recommendation to historical f ...more
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I am generally wary of LDS fiction, but I genuinely enjoyed this story of a Welsh pioneer who volunteered to carry a dead woman’s baby across the plains. This book is geared towards middle-school age readers and is written by LaVell Edwards daughter (BYU royalty). This would be a good book to read with children especially around Pioneer Day.

(yes, if you were wondering, I was obsessed with Oregon Trail, Dr. Quinn, and Little House on the Prairie as a child…can’t help journeying back the that era
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
This story was entertaining, fun, and true to life story of a mormon pioneer girl who at 12 years of age promises to help care for a baby on the handcart trek to Utah. It is based on a true story, and has a lots of humor, but I struggled to connect to the main character because this book is really geared towards 9 to 12 year olds, and not adult readers! The narrative voice juvenile for me. I got it from the library for my daughter, but she refused to read it. I thought by reading it I could get ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Found this at our local library. This book gets its fourth star from me because it is well-researched enough to qualify as a trustworthy introduction to a period of certain historical period for young people without being *too* cloyingly modern in its point of view. There's a bit of that insertion of modern sensibility which seems so inevitable in current juvenile historic fiction, but not so much that it became annoying.
And I liked reading an 1856 handcart story that was not a rehash of the wel
Mar 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Young adult fiction by an LDS author (not published by an LDS publisher, however). This is the story of Charlotte, a 13-year-old girl who has emigrated to the US from Wales with her father to join the saints in Utah. A young mother in their hand-cart company dies in childbirth and her distraught husband won't even look at the baby. Charlotte boastfully says she will take care of the baby and all the overworked adults decide to let her. Charlotte learns a lot about growing up, unconditional love ...more
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My name is Ann Edwards ("A. E.") Cannon, and I write books for young readers, as well as a weekly column for the Deseret News. I also teach creative writing and work as a bookseller at the famous King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City. My husband, Ken, and I have five (count 'em) sons, two daughters-in-law, no grandchildren (not yet, anyway) two parakeets, one parrot, two cats, and two dogs. On ...more