George on His Own

Book Description

Read­ers will remem­ber George as Addie’s pesky younger broth­er in Addie Across the Prairie, the first of Lau­rie Lawlor’s sto­ries about the Mills fam­i­ly and their Dako­ta home­stead. Now Addie is in Yank­ton for her first year of high school and twelve-year-old George is anx­ious to earn his liv­ing as a trom­bone player—something he’s very good at.

Mr. Mills, who thinks music is a waste of time, expects George to one day take over the fam­i­ly farm. But George hates farm­ing and deter­mines to “fol­low his vision” after meet­ing a trav­el­ing the­ater troupe, com­plete with musi­cians. When the Mills fam­i­ly suf­fers a dev­as­tat­ing loss for which George feels par­tial­ly respon­si­ble, the con­flict between George and his father comes to a head, and George sets off on his own dra­mat­ic adventure.

Reviews and Comments

“His­tor­i­cal fic­tion buffs as well as fans of the ear­li­er books will enjoy this offer­ing.” (Book­list)

“Lawlor has a sim­ple and gen­tle style that nonethe­less deals mat­ter-of-fact­ly with the hard life on the fron­tier and the chang­ing fam­i­ly dynam­ics … George’s strug­gles are sym­pa­thet­i­cal­ly por­trayed …” (Bul­letin of the Cen­ter for Chil­dren’s Books)

George on His Own

the Addie series, Book 4

writ­ten by Lau­rie Lawlor
illus­trat­ed by Toby Gow­ing
Albert Whit­man, 1993

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