Carolyn Frank's new middle grade historical novel, Promises, revolves around just such a promise that Hattie makes to herself. This lonely twelve-year-old girl moves with her family to a new, emerging town in southern Utah, where she instantly becomes intrigued with clues left around the house--signs of a former occupant her age--and she vows to return these objects to their rightful owner.
The trailer explains the book's background better than I can:
One of my favorite parts about this book was the character of Penelope. She reminded me of Nellie Olsen in Little House on the Prairie, though without the life of luxury. I also enjoyed experiencing Bryce Canyon through the eyes of Hattie and her school class as she looked upon the red rock hoodoos for the first time. The novel has been well-proofread and reads smoothly, something important for elementary readers. In addition, it gives the reader a taste of what it was probably like to live in a new settlement around the turn of the century.
link to her blog. It includes purchase links if you are interested in ordering a copy. To kick off her blog tour and celebrate the release of her book, Carolyn is giving away a fabulous grand prize. To enter her giveaway, click here.