Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow

A six-week unit study that covers vocabulary, comprehension and “digging deeper” questions as well as writing skills. Also explores topics related to the 1880s ranching in California:

  • Geography
  • Foaling and foal training
  • Leeches and bloodletting
  • 1880s arithmetic and schooling
  • Canyons
  • Farriers
  • Cattle rustling then and now
  • Dime novels
  • And more!

Middle grade (ages 11 and up)

Theme: friendship, accepting others

Classic comparison: Little House meets Bonanza