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Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Feb 26, 2011

really liked it

The Ingalls family moves back into the town of De Smet and away from the claim shanty so that the girls can easily go to school--only to find Nellie Oleson has followed Laura west from Plum Creek in Minnesota. Nellie is, of course, just as snooty and unlikeable as ever, but feisty Laura finds plenty of ways to hold her own. Meanwhile, Eliza Jane, eldest sister of Almanzo and Royal Wilder (the two bachelors still in the town) is the teacher in the local schoolhouse, and gives a lot of grief to Laura. But all's well that end's well, and bossy Eliza ends up going back to Minnesota. And at the end--the pièce-de-résistance part of the story occurs--Almanzo asks fifteen-year-old Laura if he can see her home. (Whoo-hoo!) And Laura gets her teaching certificate to help earn money to send Mary to the college for the blind in Iowa. Another great installment in a classic series.

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