Books: American Sisters Series
This series of stories center on the lives
of sisters and how the sisters bravely face adversity during the
settling of the United States. All of these sisters face their own
perils -- perils involved with their family's journey. Whether
traveling in wooden sailing ships across the ocean or in covered wagons
across the prairie, the girls found a confidant and companion in their
sister. Despite the normal squabbles, the sisters inevitably learned
that working together was important to their family's survival and
well-being. Publisher's Weekly said:
"Lawlor balances the
hard-hitting verisimilitude with (the protagonist's) equally credible
and endearing connection to her family...Lawlor's writing prowess and
the winning thematic combination of sisterhood and American history
render this a series with promise."
School Library Journal
welcomed the series by saying, "Lawlor's writing distinguishes this
first offering in yet another new historical fiction series...Based on
a real family's experiences, the story includes excerpts from diaries,
letters, and The Prairie Traveler, a handbook from the period. These primary sources add authenticity to the text...."
- Adventure on the Wilderness, Road, 1775.
The Poage family, sets out across the
wilderness to join Daniel Boone's settlement in Kentucky.
Eleven-year-old Elizabeth, her sister Martha, and their two younger
brothers are part of the group that are making the foot journey through
the dark and dangerous forest, across the mountains, and onto Kentucky.
- Crossing the Colorado Rockies, 1864.
Certain they will find gold, the Hitchcocks
leave Pennsylvania and head for California. The Civil War is raging and
the three sisters, Eda, Belle, and Lucy are unaccustomed to roughing
it. But they are settling in... and then Pa decides the family should
- Down the Rio Grande, 1829.
Rosita Trevino, a
sixteen-year-old, and her stepsister, Maria Alvarez, dream of having a
better life. Neither Rosita or Maria can imagine what is to face them
when they run away and catch a steamboat down the Rio Grande -- on
their way to Texas.
- Exploring the Chicago World's Fair, 1893.
Dazzling lights and incredible sights,
sounds, smells, and crowds -- chaos of everything that surrounds the
World's Fair. The sights lure twelve-year-old Dora Pomeroy -- but she
longs for Nebraska and the security of the life on the prairie. Then
father joins the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and Dora, her mother and
three younger sisters are left in Chicago to take care of themselves.
But the threat that threatens her dream is not with her own family but
in the fantasy land that will disappear at the end of the summer.
- Horseback on the Boston Post Road, 1704.
The French and Indian War has
just begun and Madame Sarah Kemble Knight is told to bring twin servant
girls, Hester and Philena to Boston to New Haven, Connecticut. The
journey by horse on the Boston Post Road is dangerous. When Madame
decides to take just one of the sisters the other risks her life to
follow. The group of travelers find themselves traveling through the
menacing and hazardous wilderness.
- Pacific Odyssey to California, 1905.
Hawaii seems to be the land of opportunity
but when eleven-year-old Su-Na and her family arrive from Korea they
find their hopes for prosperity and good fortune unfulfilled. Racism
and poor job opportunities convince the family to travel even further
and they continue on to California.
- A Titanic Journey Across the Sea, 1912.
Father had sent tickets for Mother and
Karl, but their little brother was sick, so only sixteen-year-old
Alfreda Anderson and ten-year-old Erna were sailing to America. But the
fate that awaited them could not have been foretold.
- Voyage to a Free Land, 1630.
The family is headed for America.
Ten-year-old Hannah and her sister, twelve-year-old Abigail have not
been far from Chelmsford and now they are on their way to London but
now the girls and their father, and stepmother have boarded the Arbella
and will sail to Massachusetts. The voyage is unlike anything they have
known. When the girls meet Zach, an indentured servant, their
relationship begins to change.
- West Along the Wagon Road, 1852.
Harriet "Duck" Scott, an eleven-year-old is
not nearly so ladylike as her older sisters. Duck finds many
opportunities for adventure as the family travels on in a wagon train
from Illinois to Oregon Territory. Along the way the family must deal
with the loss of loved ones, quicksand, and a horse thief.