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Hale, Nathan

Summary: "The Donner Party expedition is one of the most notorious stories in all of American history. It's also a fascinating snapshot of the westward expansion of the United States, and the families and individuals who sacrificed so much to build new lives in a largely unknown landscape. From the preparation for the journey to each disastrous leg of the trip, this book shows the specific bad decisions...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Amulet Books 2013

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J GRAPHIC HAL

Blumberg, Rhoda.

Summary: Describes the emigration of people from the East Coast of the United States and from foreign countries to California to pursue the dream of discovering gold.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bradbury Press 1989

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J 979.404 BLU

Hermes, Patricia

Summary: In 1848, nine-year-old Joshua Martin McCullough writes a journal of his family's journey from Missouri to Oregon in a covered wagon. Includes a historical note about westward migration.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic 2001

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1 available in Juvenile- Series, Call number: J Fiction Series Hermes 2001

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J MA J1

Summary: "You may: 1. Travel the trail 2. Work together to overcome calamities 3. Get at least one member of your party to Oregon 4. Stop to rest 5. Decide which of your friends will die of dysentery 6. Write your name on a tombstone What is your choice?"--Container.

Format: three dimensional object

Publisher / Publication Date: Pressman Toy Corporation 2016

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in STEM Kits, Call number: J STEM KIT 152

Littlefield, Holly

Summary: Explores the experiences of American children who traveled west to Oregon or California on wagon trains between 1841 and 1869, focusing on transportation, chores, recreation, and dangers.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Carolrhoda Books 1999

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 978.02 LIT

Proudfit, Benjamin

Summary: "For more than three decades in the mid-1800s, the Oregon Trail was the main way settlers traveled west. Today, people can visit parts of this historic trail, and even walk where pioneers did as they made their way to new lives in the Pacific Northwest and California. Complemented by full-color photographs, the main content addresses the historical context of the trail to supplement the social...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Gareth Stevens Publishing 2016

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 978 PRO

Dallas, Sandra

Summary: "It's February, 1852, and all around Chicago, Maggie sees postings soliciting 'eligible women' to travel to the gold mines of Goosetown. A young seamstress with a small daughter, she has nothing to lose. She joins forty-three other women and two pious reverends on the dangerous 2,000-mile journey west. None are prepared for the hardships they face on the trek or for the strengths they didn't...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Center Point Large Print 2020

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: LP FIC DAL

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Large Print, Call number: LP FIC DAL

Levine, Ellen.

Summary: Answers questions about what it was like to travel to the Oregon Territory by covered wagon, crossing rivers, mountains, and prairie.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic 1992

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Marsh, Sarah Glenn

Summary: "The inspiring true story of Alice Ramsey, the first woman to drive a car across America in 1909."

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Henry Holt and Company 2020

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 RAM

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw.

Summary: Shows the hardships the pioneers faced in their long overland journeys to the West Coast by wagon train.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Walker and Co. 1995

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 978.02 PAT

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J 978.02 Patent

Philbrick, W. R. (W. Rodman)

Summary: Douglas Deeds, a fifteen-year-old orphan, keeps a journal of his travels by wagon train as a member of the ill-fated Donner Party, which became stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the winter of 1846-47.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic 2001

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Juvenile Fiction Series, Call number: J FIC PHI

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J FIC PHI

Wolf, Allan

Summary: "In powerful, vivid verse, the master behind The Watch That Ends the Night recounts one of history's most harrowing--and chilling--tales of survival. In 1846, a group of emigrants bound for California face a choice: continue on their planned route or take a shortcut into the wilderness. Eighty-nine of them opt for the untested trail, a decision that plunges them into danger and desperation and,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Candlewick Press 2020

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1 available in Young Adult Fiction, Call number: YA FIC WOL

Carson, Rae

Summary: Lee Westfall, a young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold, must flee her home to avoid people who would abuse her powers, so when her best friend Jefferson heads out across Gold Rush-era America to stake his claim, she disguises herself as a boy and sets out on her own dangerous journey.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2015

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: Y FICTION CAR

Copies Available at Fife Lake

1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA FIC CAR

Sauer, Gordy

Summary: "For fans of Ian McGuire's The North Water and Michael Punke's The Revenant, Child in the Valley by Gordy Sauer is a coming-of-age story set in the harsh landscape of Gold Rush America, centering on a orphan's journey to California in a wagon train of ruthless 49ers. Seventeen-year-old Joshua Gaines is suddenly orphaned in 1849, and after discovering that his foster father has left him deeply...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Hub City Press 2021

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Carlson, Melody.

Summary: Kentucky, 1854. Elizabeth has mourned her husband's death for three years, but nqow she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared: to take their two children west. At Kansas City, they join a substantial wagon train. Elizabeth soon finds herself being drawn to the group's handsome guide, Eli Kincade.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning 2012

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: LP FIC CAR

Friedman, Mel

Summary: Discusses how the United States gained ownership of the Oregon Territory, who discovered the best routes west, and the obstacles pioneers faced on their journeys along the Oregon Trail.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Children's Press 2013

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 917.804 FRI

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 978.02 FRI

Harness, Cheryl.

Summary: Reveals what really happened when Narcissa Whitman and her husband, Marcus, embarked on a perilous quest through the untamed Oregon Trail to spread the word of the Bible to the Indians.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: National Geographic Society 2006

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 WHI

Todras, Ellen H.

Summary: Investigates how early settlers traveled west towards the Pacific in wagon trains, and examines the hardships they faced and the towns they founded.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Kingfisher 2011

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 978.02 TOD

White, Arisa

Summary: Presents the life of a California ex-slave, nurse, and midwife, who started many philanthropic projects.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Heyday 2019

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 MAS

Coerr, Eleanor.

Summary: While traveling west with her family in 1850, a young girl makes a patchwork quilt chronicling the experiences of the journey and reserves a special patch for her pet hen Josefina.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Harper & Row 1986

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1 available in Beginning Readers - Transitional Reader (Blue), Call number: JBR BLUE COE

Hancher, Adam

Summary: After her father dies in the fall of 1849, a little girl and her family follow Mr. Reed's wagon train west, discovering the challenges, excitement, and danger of the frontier on their way to their homestead in California.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Doubledday Books for Young Readers 2018

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L'Amour, Louis

Summary: Wagon trains heading west were forced to defend themselves against Indians, cope with injuries and illness, and struggle to find food. The group of westerners Rock Bannon was scouting for faced another problem. They were being deceived. When he warned them to remain on the Humboldt Trail, Sharon Crockett and the others refused to listen. Mort Harper, a stranger riding a beautiful black mare,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bantam 1987

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC LAM

McCartney, Laton.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Thorndike Press 2004

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Van Leeuwen, Jean.

Summary: A fictionalized account of the journey made by nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd and her family from their home in Arkansas westward over the Oregon Trail in 1852.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Puffin Books 1996

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1 available in Juvenile Fiction, Call number: J FIC VAN

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