Write These Laws on Your Children by Robert Kunzman (inter-library loan copy)
Young Pioneers by Rose Wilder Lane will seem familiar to anyone who has read the Little House books, though written for an older audience. Young David and Molly stake a claim, facing grasshoppers, blizzards and loneliness. It's well written and enjoyable. I was particularly struck by how little Molly had to do during the winter. She had one book of Tennyson poems and very little else to occupy her mind. Sometimes I think weathering a winter of blizzards in a cozy little house on the prairie would be wonderful, given enough food, an Internet connection, a Kindle and an iPad. I would have made a poor settler's wife in her time, though. (library copy)
Francis: The Journey and the Dream by Murray Bodo (a review for The Catholic Company)
Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla is the story of Gregory's move to a new home and a new school. Things don't start out so well for him, but his creativity and artistic endeavors ease his transition. This is a fine early reader (much below First Son's reading level), but I didn't feel like it was great. (library copy)
I think it's kind of funny I commented on September's list that it was so short -- and here's October with even fewer! I am, however, in the middle of about seven books. I think that's complicating the finishing part.