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Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: 1847 (Dear America) Library Binding – Mar 1997


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  • Library Binding: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Library Binding edition (Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590226517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590226516
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 14 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her diary, thirteen-year-old Hattie chronicles her family's arduous 1847 journey from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books that I have ever read. I have really enjoyed all the Dear America books which I have read so far, but I felt that this one was especially good.
It is about a 13 year old girl called Hattie Cambell, who made the journey, along with her family, from Missoura to Oregon in 1847. It is quite sad at times though because many of Hattie's friends die and she begins to feel very lonely when her best friend, Pepper aged 14, gets married.
I am 13 years old and I had been learning about the American West at school so I really enjoyed being able to recognise the names of the various forts and cut-offs, such as the cut-off which the Donner Party took.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes stories about pioneers and frontier life.
If you have read, and enjoyed this book, I would also recommend "All the stars in the sky" the Santa Fe Trail diary of Florrie Mack Ryder, because I feel it is very similar, but at the same time totally different.
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By A Customer on 15 Oct 1998
Format: Library Binding
This diary reaches down inside you and pulls at your innermost feelings. You feel for these people so much as the go along on their journey.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
It remains one of my favorite books ever. 21 July 2000
By Rebecca Herman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
I first read this book in March 1997 when it first came out. Even after three and a half years, and the reading of many more books, this remains of my favorite books ever. It brings the Oregon Trail to life and puts faces on the countless brave pioneers who braved the hardships of the trail to make new lives in the west. The narrator is a fictional thirteen-year-old farm girl from Missouri, Hattie Campbell. Through her diary, written in a voice that truly sounds as if it belongs to a young girl from that time, the reader experiances the events of Hattie's journey west - her friendship with Pepper, a fourteen-year-old girl from the wagon train, the beginnings of a romance with Pepper's brother Wade, and many others. Hattie was a character that I really came to care about, and I was sad to put the book down when it was finished, but since then, I have read it several more times. Kristiana Gregory is an amazing author that has given a distinct voice to each of her narrators in this book and her two other Dear America books. I hope she writes another Dear America book soon; she's one of my favorite authors from the series. I highly reccomend this book to historical fiction fans.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The most realistic book ever (so far that I've read). 17 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
This book was tragic But adventureous. I felt like I was Hattie. It is about a girl who leaves her hometown in Booneville, Missora and heads out west to Oregon. Their are a lot of deaths in the story but none of Hattie's family members died on the Oergon trail so don't worry. I'm eight and I didn't have nightmares for a week but if I were you I would not let anybody under eight read this. they may get scared. There are great characters like Pepper, Gideon, Wade, Ben, Jake and of course Hattie Campell. If you like adventure and danger I recomend this book to you.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
My favorite dear america! 24 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
I love dear america books, but this one is definantly my favorite. it gives a good picture of the hardships a pioneer on the oregan trail would have to experiance.in the book, Hattie and her parents leave their home to go west on the oregon trail. Hattie doesn't want to leave her best friend or the graves of her baby sisters. the diary tells all about the journey, her sorrows and her joys, her new friends and her new enemies. unlike in some of the dear america diaries, some of Hattie's dreams do come true. I would really recomend this book to anyone, but be prepared, this book is sad.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A great novel on the Oregon Trail and growing up 23 Aug 2000
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie is one of my favorite books, and definetely my favorite on the Oregon Trail! I first read this in 1997 when it came out, and I've read it many times since then.
This book tells the story, in diary form, of 13 year old Hattie Campbell. It starts out in 1847, in Missouri, when her family decides to travel with a wagon train to Oregon. There are river crossings, friendships, Indian encounters, deaths, marriages, and poisonings throughout the trip, but Hattie overcomes the hardships and grows into a young women.
This story tells history in a real and interesting way, and I would recommend it to almost all ages! If you liked this book, as I'm sure you will, you'd probably like the other books in the Dear America series, especially West to a Land of Plenty.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Moving Reminder of Pioneer Courage 7 Feb 2003
By Kathy Bug - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
My ten year old granddaughter complained that she hadn't enough history in her education. I went browsing for some material and chanced upon this book. What a great find. This story is written simply enough for a child but it is not childish. I enjoyed the read, too. I had not thought for a long time about the day to day adventures and hard ships that people moving across America by wagon experienced. I was moved by the courage and determination of the young girl in this story and am certain that she is a great role model for my little one. The geography and history that are natural parts of the story as well as the realities of life at that time make for a wonderful combination of educational material that is totally absorbing.
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