© Author Adventures

Carol Ryrie Brink, best-known for writing Caddie Woodlawn, grew up and went to college in Moscow, Idaho. If you like books with a pioneer spirit or stories about tomboys, give Newbery award-winning Caddie Woodlawn a try. The main character is based on the real life of her grandmother so it feels like a true story, even though it is fiction. The author also co-wrote the 1988 movie, more than 40 years after publishing the book! And the book has a sequel, Magical Melons.

Today, Moscow has named a library reading room and a park after the author, and the library is the same one she used as a young girl. The University of Idaho, which gave Carol Ryrie Brink an honorary doctorate, is there too.

This is the first stop on our Idaho Trail!

Patricia Smart