Ever wonder what Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House novels would be like if they’d been written for adults? The historical novel Caroline by Sarah Miller, on sale in paperback on June 12, gives us a pretty good idea. Fully authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust and meticulously researched by Miller, Caroline retells the Ingalls family’s journey from the Big Woods of Wisconsin to the Great Plains of Kansas from Ma’s point of view. Did you know Ma was pregnant during the journey? Can you imagine traveling hundreds of miles through dangerous unsettled lands via Conestoga wagon while expecting a third child? Miller brings Caroline Ingalls’s experience vividly to life in this wonderful novel, sure to please fans of historical fiction, and of the original children’s books.
You might remember this book from when it came out in hardcover. We posted an interview between the author and Christina Baker Kline in the fall, as well as a guest blog post by Miller reporting on her time at ALA (and sharing some of what Laura Ingalls Wilder loved about libraries).
Intrigued? Read an excerpt from Caroline. The paperback is out in a couple of weeks, and it’s perfect for your book club. It includes bonus materials at that back that will enhance your reading experience, including an essay by the author, a discussion guide, and a list of books that dive even deeper into the Ingalls Wilder history.