Little Town at the Crossroads by Maria D. Wilkes

Little Town at the Crossroads, by Maria D. Wilkes, was published in 1997 by HarperCollins. It is the sequel to Little House in Brookfield.

Rating: 2/5

Little Town at the Crossroads is a book that is very similar to Little House in Brookfield, in terms of both content and style. The content is very much like previous Little House books: each chapter is episodic, without a distinct arc beyond the passing of time. Wilkes seems to be trying to convey numerous aspects of the time period without necessarily tying everything together, which isn’t a bad thing. The book does, however, distinctly lack charm and excitement as did the first one.

I loved these books as a kid, but as an adult, they’re definitely missing the mark. Some of my favorite books (that I remember) are later in the series, after there is an author change, so perhaps it’s just Wilkes’s style that I’m struggling with. Everything is too cut-and-dry; characters sound like they’re rehearsing lines. There’s no real voice to them beyond “Caroline is the neat one, Martha is the spunky one.”

As historical fiction, Little Town at the Crossroads does a good job of capturing life in the 1840s. However, as a story, it’s lacking a theme to tie it together and some excitement and charm. Everything is just a bit too wooden and similar, and the characters don’t grow or change. I’m hoping that changes as the series goes on. 

Recommended Age Range: 8+

Warnings: None.

Genre: Children’s, Historical Fiction

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