Not long after Black Elk Speaks was chosen as this year’s One Book One Nebraska, there was another book announcement. One particular town in western Nebraska would be reading one other UNP book this year. Chosen from the Nebraska sesquicentennial reading list, residents of Cozad will be encouraged to read Pioneer Girl: A True Story of Growing Up on the Prairie by Andrea Warren.
Pioneer Girl is the true story of Grace McCance Snyder. In 1885, when Grace was three, she and her family became homesteaders on the windswept prairie of central Nebraska. From then on, Grace learned to live through dangerous weather and hard work and learned to truly love her life on the plains. Though she lived in a very different time than now, much of her story—a high work ethic, living away from the bustle of big cities—will strike a familiar cord with many Nebraskans today.