Charlotte's Rose

Charlotte's Rose "Twelve-year-old Charlotte and her widowed father are members of a Welsh handcart company on the Mormon trail, pushing all the way from Iowa City to Utah. When a woman in the company dies giving birth and her husband can't care for the baby girl, Charlotte grandly offers to look after the infant, and names her Rose. Taking care of Rose turns out to be much harder than Charlotte ever imagined. But she can't give Rose back. She's stuck with her. As Charlotte struggles along the trail, she dreams of life with "her" baby, even as Papa and others remind her that she will have to return Rose to her father at the end of the journey. "In this lively and memorable novel, A. E. Cannon combines pioneer tales about her family and her community with vivid storytelling and meticulous research to make Charlotte and life on the trail totally real." (Wendy Lamb Books, 2002)