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Publication Order of Little House: The Rose Years Books

Little House On Rocky Ridge (1943) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Farm in the Ozarks (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Land of the Big Red Apple (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On the Other Side of the Hill (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Town in the Ozarks (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Dawn On Rocky Ridge (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On the Banks of the Bayou (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bachelor Girl (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rose & Alva (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adventures of Rose & Swiney (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rose At Rocky Ridge (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Missouri School Days (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Little House: The Caroline Years Books

Frontier Family (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A New Dawn for America (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rose Wilder Lane (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Roger Lea MacBride was a renowned American writer, lawyer, television producer, and political figure. He was popular for writing children’s books and nonfiction stories. MacBride was particularly well known for writing the continuation of the Little House series, which was originally written by the popular 20th-century author Laura Ingrid Wilder. In the original series, Laura has described the real-life adventures of her own life, while in the series penned by MacBride, he has described the adventures of Laura’s daughter, Rose Wilder. Author MacBride was a member of the Libertarian Party and was its presidential nominee during the 1976 election. He was the first presidential elector in the history of American politics to have cast his vote for a female candidate. In the 1972 presidential election, MacBride had voted for John Hospers for the post of president and Theodora Nathan for vice president. Both these candidates were the also members of his Libertarian Party. MacBride was highly famous as the co-producer and co-creator of the children’s TV series called Little House on the Prairie.

Author MacBride was born in New Rochelle, New York, on August 6, 1929. He was the son of William Burt MacBride and Elise Fairfax. MacBride had a close friendship with Rose Wilder, a political theorist, and writer, and called himself her adopted grandson. He had first met her at the age of 14. Rose Wilder was a popular name at that time as she had continued writing the Little House series, originally penned by her mother Laura Ingalls Wilder. MacBride was designated as a political disciple, sole heir, and executor by Rose. After his schooling, MacBride studied at Princeton University and then attended Harvard University for a law degree. He worked for a law firm based in Wall Street for a few years before starting his own practice based in Vermont.

During the mid-1970s, MacBride had moved to Virginia and had completely given up his law practice. Following the death of Rose Wilder, MacBride inherited her estate along with the rights to the literary estate of Ingalls Wilder. This way, he went on to own the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ franchise. Subsequently, MacBride wrote three additional Little House novels before beginning the Rocky Ridge years series in which he has described the Ozark childhood of Rose Wilder. Besides this, MacBride has published a couple of books based on Constitutional law as well as a manifesto of the Libertarian Party. During the 1970s, MacBride began producing the Little series TV show. MacBride’s political career had started with his election to the House of Representatives in Vermont in 1962. He served one full term and then made an unsuccessful attempt of getting nominated as Vermont’s Governor in 1964.

Following his stint in the 1972 election, where he helped a woman candidate get an electoral vote for the first time, MacBride became an instant favorite among his party members. This helped him gain the trust of his party and get chosen as its presidential candidate. During the 1980s, MacBride moved back to his earlier political party, the Republican Party. He was the pioneer in establishing a group called Republican Liberty Caucus that promoted libertarian principles within the party. MacBride was the chairman of the group between 1992 and 1995. His death occurred on March 5, 1995, due to heart failure. After his death, a controversy had erupted in which a local Missouri-based library claimed that MacBride’s will gave the ownership of his estate to his daughter only in her lifetime, after which the ownership was to be reverted to Laura Ingalls Library. This controversy was settled in an out of court settlement and gave MacBride’s heirs the right to retain his estate.

The Little House: The Rose Years series written by author Roger Lea MacBride is comprised of a total of 8 books released between 1993 and 1999. This series is also known by the name, The Rocky Ridge Years, and revolves around the life of Rose Wilder, the last Little House girl and Laura I. Wilder’s daughter. The debut book of the series is entitled ‘Little House on Rocky Ridge’. It was released by HarperCollins in 1993 and features the primary characters in the roles of Laur Wilder, Almanzo Wilder, and Rose Wilder Lane. MacBride has set the series in Missouri, United States. This novel opens by showing that Rose is all set to move out of her family estate with her parents, Almanzo and Laura. They say goodbye to Laura’s parents and sisters and set out to reach southern Missouri’s lush green valleys. Rose’s parents gather all their possession and load them in a fully-covered wagon. Their journey takes them across the drought-stricken areas of the Midwest and finally to their destination in Missouri. The Wilder family knows that their journey is very long and full of hardships, but they look forward to the promise of a beautiful new home and an exciting new life in Missouri. This hope keeps them motivated and helps them cover the journey with ease each day.

Another mind-blowing book of this series is known as ‘Little Farm in the Ozarks’. It was also published by HarperCollins in 1994. This novel describes the life and adventures of Rose Wilder after she moves to the Rocky Ridge Farm. Rose joins a new school in the new town. She also tries her hand at fishing and excels in it in her very first try. After she arrives at Missouri Ozarks with her parents to give new a beginning to her life, Rose tries to adjust to the new surroundings. It took her and her parents one full year to make themselves comfortable with the lifestyle of the new place. On one occasion, Rose Wilder saves her farmhouse from getting burned down due to fire. For some time, Rose finds herself out of place in her new school, but she catches up with the new curriculum with time and also makes some new friends. And as she starts gaining confidence, Rocky Ridge starts feeling like a home to her. Even her parents become happy to see that their daughter has stopped making complaints about the new place and has really started to like it.

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