Carolina's Courage

by Elizabeth Yates
131 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by niennasiblings

Fun and quick read with good morals.


Carolina's family is moving west to Nebraska. Each of them has to give up something they love, and Carolina leaves behind her beloved cherry-wood chair. To her comfort, she is allowed to bring her beloved doll Lydia Lou and together they face the long journey.


Good and bad are treated as such. Bad is corrected and good is praised. The family's struggles, fears, and loneliness draw them closer together. During the long journey, Carolina's father teaches them about selflessness, courage, and faith. And it is his words that Carolina remembers when she faces her hardest sacrifice.

Spiritual Content

The family's struggles, fears, and loneliness confirm their reliance on God. The characters pray.


Some talk of the possibility of Indians hurting settlers.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

Husband and wife hug.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



This is a good, fun, historical read for ages 7-12. If younger children read it, I suggest that someone read it aloud to them, so that they can understand. It is a very enjoyable story, especially the end.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 8-10

Review Rating:

Average rating: 4 stars
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