Westward to Home

Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary  Book One

Author: Patricia Hermes

Series: My America

Interest Level:
2-5

Lexile Framework:
320L

Grade Level Equivalent:
3.1

Guided Reading Level:
O

Age:
7-10

Genre:
Diaries and Journals, Historical Fiction, Series

Subject:
American History, Westward Exploration and Expansion, Confronting and Resolving Fears, Early Exploration and Settlements

About This Book

It is 1848 when Joshua McCullough and his family leave their home in St. Joseph, Missouri, and set off for Oregon on a wagon train. During their seven-month-long journey, many of the other families on the trail suffer devastating losses, but Joshua's is spared. However, Joshua must conquer his fear of water during the many river crossings the wagon train must make. During one dramatic crossing, Joshua heroically dives into a rushing river to save his younger sister Becky. The battered wagon train reaches Oregon after traveling over two thousand miles.


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