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A dream to follow
Lauraine Snelling.
Minneapolis : Bethany House Publishers, c2001.
316 p. ; 22 cm.

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader" "
Interest Level Upper Grade" "
Book Level 5.1" "
Accelerated Reader Points 13" "" "


Caitlin Augusta (VOYA, April 2002 (Vol. 25, No. 1))
First in the Return to Red River series, this novel continues the story of the Bjorklund family of North Dakota in the late nineteenth century begun in Snelling's Red River of the North series. Thorliff Bjorklund, son of Ingeborg and Haakan, wishes to attend St. Olaf College in Minnesota, despite his father's disapproval and lack of funds. Prayer and determination, however, allow Thorliff to realize his goals and to convince his father of their rightness. The reader is introduced in alternating chapters to Elizabeth Rogers, a medical student and assistant at her father's newspaper business. Her dreams similarly are stymied: Her mother encourages marriage, and the local doctor wishes her to remain at home. When Thorliff accepts a job with Mr. Roger's newspaper, the two disparate lives intersect, guaranteeing a sequel to tie up the loose ends left at the end of the novel. Snelling provides a warm, accessible historical fiction title in the Christian tradition. Although Thorliff and Elizabeth rarely anguish for long and problems are solved with miraculous ease, the novel retains sufficient detail and interest to keep the reader's attention. Characterization is uneven at times, however, as Haakan and Elizabeth's mother contradict themselves frequently, disapproving and approving in the same breath. Teens seeking an engaging family saga richly imbedded in the reassurance of Christianity will not be disappointed. This title is recommended for school and public libraries with Christian fiction collections. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2001, Bethany House, 316p, $11.99 Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.


Return to Red River ; 1


Frontier and pioneer life Fiction.
Norwegian Americans Fiction.
Red River of the North Fiction.
Dakota Territory Fiction.
Christian fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PS3569.N39 D7 2001
2001003784 813/.54
0764226118 (large print)
0764223178 (pbk.)
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