A life on the prairie is not all its cracked up to be for one girl whose mom takes her love of the Little House series just a bit too far. Charlotte’s mom has just moved the family across the country to live in Walnut Grove, “childhood home of pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Mom’s idea is that the spirit of Laura Ingalls will help her write a bestselling book. But Charlotte knows better: Walnut Grove is just another town where Mom can avoid responsibility. And this place is worse than everywhere else the family has lived—it’s freezing in the winter, it’s small with nothing to do, and the people talk about Laura Ingalls all the time. Charlotte’s convinced her family will not be able to make a life on the prairie—until the spirit of Laura Ingalls starts getting to her, too.
Shelley is the author of award-winning fiction and nonfiction for kids. Her book “Little Rock Girl 1957” made the top ten lists of “School Library Journal” and “Booklist.” Her latest novel, “Laura Ingalls is Ruining My Life,” won the Wisconsin Tofte/Wright Children’s Literary Award. She writes and reads in Hudson, Wisconsin, which is also home to her favorite public library.