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Physical Description:. In late nineteenth-century Colorado, Louisa's father is erroneously arrested for thievery and, while under the charge of the awful Smirch family, Louisa and a magical friend must find a way to prove his innocence. Reading Level:. Program Information:. Subject Term:. Magic -- Juvenile fiction. Prairies -- Juvenile fiction. Added Author:.
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Clearfield Library. All she could do was stand there stone-faced, looking at Mrs. Smirch whipped around to stir something in a pot on the iron stove, clattering her tin ladle angrily against the sides. Winthrop Smirch, the six-year-old, snickered and stuck out his tongue at Louisa. And to think I gave you fresh biscuits the other day, Louisa thought furiously. She remembered how that visit had ended and had to swallow hard again.
Smirch resumed berating her husband. Smirch wearily. Smirch whirled around, clutching her ladle. Louisa gasped.
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She went back to churning, thumping the dash over and over with all her might. Louisa felt sick to her stomach. She had never seen a grown-up hit a child before. But then, living so far from town, Louisa had hardly ever been around any other families. After the Smirches, the next nearest neighbors were some six miles away.
Maybe, thought Louisa, that was how people in other families treated each other.
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A horrible ache rose in her throat. Oh, Pa, she thought. How could you let this happen? See All Customer Reviews. Shop Kids' Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD 7.
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