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Bound for Oregon
Author: Van Leeuwen, Jean
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Time Period: Industrial Age
Time Frame: 1852
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Oregon Trail, Westward Expansion
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 1996

American History > Industrial Age > Oregon Trail

"Basing her story on the published accounts of her true-life heroine, Mary Ellen Todd, Van Leeuwen describes a family's tumultuous journey along the Oregon Trail in 1852." --Publishers Weekly

With only a guide book to show them the way, the Todd family sets out from their Arkansas home on a two thousand mile trek to claim unchartered Oregon Territory. Crossing rough terrain and encountering hostile people, the Todds show their true pioneering spirit. But as winter draws near, will the Todds have the strength to complete their journey? And if they make it, will Oregon fulfill their dreams?

“This is a convincing picture of a pioneer journey that does a good job of showing the tremendous sacrifices people made to follow their dream of a better life.” –School Library Journal

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