Cabin on Trouble Creek

By Jean Van Leeuwen
Level 6

Based on a true story set in Ohio in 1803, this historical fiction book is well written, very engaging and wholesome, and even includes references to God and the Bible. After clearing the forest and building a log cabin, Pa leaves his two sons and returns to Pennsylvania to fetch and bring back the rest of the family in six weeks. But when Pa doesn’t return before winter, the boys are on their own. This would be a great book for reluctant readers. The book supports courage, perseverance, hard work, and strong family relationships. This book is similar to The Sign of the Beaver, but it is different in many ways. Homeschoolers could compare and contrast the two books as a project.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region Ohio
Period 1803, 1800s
Genre Historical Fiction
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
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