Illus. in black-and-white. In 1851, 12-year-old orphan Austin Ives joins a wagon train headed for California. As they make their way across the country, Austin writes home to his brother Levi, describing day-to-day life on the Overland Trail. In his own observant and vigorous voice, Austin tells of the everyday happenings--hunting game and fording streams--as well as more dramatic episodes, from devastating illness to complex encounters with Indians.
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Grade 4-6-Austin Ives, 12, heads West in 1851 with a wagon train and writes letters to his younger brother, who remains in Pennsylvania. An orphan, Austin is traveling with the Morrison family and plans to settle on the Oregon land his father claimed before he died. The book's epistolary form makes exposition somewhat awkward and doesn't allow for much sustaining of mood. Still, the boy's voice rings true as he describes his adventures and draws the characters of the Morrisons; his friends, boaster Hiram and abused Frank; and the colorful trail cook, Reuben, who wears a coat covered with buttons from all the folks he's met in his travels. Woodruff doesn't spare the real sorrows of pioneer journeys-illness, death, lack of water, fights between travelers, and the threat of hostile Indians. Austin's final difficulties are resolved a bit too easily, but readers will enjoy the happy ending. This tale, with its occasional pencil illustrations and short chapters, would make a good classroom read-aloud.
Sally Bates Goodroe, Houston Public Library
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Gr. 4-6. Twelve-year-old orphan Austin sets out with the Morrisons from Pennsylvania to the Oregon Territory to claim his dead pa's land. His younger brother, Levi, stays behind. In his letters Austin details the days with the wagon train, filled with commonplace events and predictable problems as well as hazardous escapades that keep the adrenaline pumpingaccidents, disease, death, Indian trouble, storms, and fights among the various families. He shares the friendships he makes with other youngsters and with adults. Although the adventures (both positive and negative) are similar to those in other books about wagon train travel, the epistolary format and character development offer solid reading. A clear map of the Overland Trail in 1851 begins the book, and double-page-spread pencil drawings appear throughout. Short bibliography appended. Deborah Abbott
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Descrizione libro Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110679846417
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