- Author: Ralph Moody
- Read Aloud Grade Range: 3 - Adult
- Read Alone Grade Range: 4 - Adult
- Binding: Pb
- Pages: 272
The Moody family builds a new life on a Colorado ranch early in the twentieth century. Father has died and Ralph must now shoulder the responsibilities of a man at age 12.
Having moved about seven miles south of the ranch to downtown Littleton, the Moody family must make ends meet through hard work and ingenuity. From horse racing, to helping with cattle drives, gleaning coal and railroad ties from along the railroad tracks, delivering home-baked foods, to helping Mom and older sister Grace fix lace curtains for Denver's fanciest hotel, Ralph knows he fulfills a vital role.
Pb, illus. 272 pp.