In 1851, 12-year-old orphan Austin Ives joins a wagon train headed for California. As he makes his way across the country, Austin writes home to his brother Levi, describing life on the rugged Overland Trail. Extensively researched, with episodes based on true incidents, "the epistolary format and character development offer solid reading."–Booklist
An IRA Teachers’ Choice
"Woodruff presents a bounty of information in a format that will be especially valued as a classroom readaloud."–Bulletin, Center for Children’s Books.
From the Hardcover edition.
About Elvira Woodruff
“I write for the kid in me. . . . Often when I’m working on a story, I’II find myself laughing at something my characters have done, or even being surprised at where they’ve taken the story. It’s as if… More about Elvira Woodruff
Published by Yearling Feb 10, 1998| 128 Pages| 5-3/16 x 7-5/8| Middle Grade (8-12)| ISBN 9780679885580