Published originally in 1913, The Making of Major
is an exciting and deeply satisfying novel about a family of West Michiganders, three orphans and their aunt, who emigrate to Kansas in the 1880s to take advantage of the Homestead Act. Their adventures and misadventures while "proving up" on their homestead claim are written with special concentration on the youngest of the children, thirteen-year-old Major, whose character and courage are tested and not found wanting. In fact, the family's difficulties in Kansas end up honing his character instead of weakening it. Hence the title.
The style and moral messages of this novel will remind you of Horatio Alger or George Alfred Henty, both contemporaries of Mrs. Frank Lee. Whether you are an adult or young adult, this is a book you will have trouble putting down.