Bound for Oregon

( 4 )

Overview

Bound For Oregon (PB)

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.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Paperback (Reprint)
$5.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (102) from $1.99   
  • New (17) from $3.04   
  • Used (85) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Bound For Oregon (PB)

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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Basing her story on the published accounts of her true-life heroine, Mary Ellen Todd, Van Leeuwen (Going West; the Oliver and Amanda Pig series) describes a family's tumultuous journey along the Oregon Trail in 1852. En route to a ``beautiful land of promise,'' nine-year-old Mary Ellen, her two sisters and her father and stepmother find themselves beset by all manner of dramas, from the dog being allowed an unprecedented ride in the wagon when his paws are sore to a near-fatal brush with cholera and an attack by Indians. Mary Ellen's first-person narration is innocent, fresh and heartfelt (``Never, I thought, had I seen a world so large,'' she says of the plains of Nebraska), and capable of conveying darker feelings as well. She is ``furious'' with her father for imperiling his family; when her stepmother frowns at her for dirtying her dress, she thinks, ``My real mother wouldn't care about a few grass stains.'' The novel ends on a sweet note, however, with the birth of a baby and the celebration of Christmas, when each family member thanks God for the family's safe arrival in Oregon (``I am thankful that Blackie gave us milk all the way through''). The contrast between the tenderness of Mary Ellen's perceptions and the hardships of the frontier is deeply moving. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Based on reminiscences of its true-life heroine, Bound for Oregon is the story of nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd's journey to Oregon with her family in 1852. The hardships and insights of six months on the trail are described: hazardous river crossings, hunger, cholera, Indian incursions, and the joyous birth of a baby brother. This historically accurate, first person account is a competent addition to the Oregon Trail sagas from an award-winning author.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Adding details about events and people to an account of Mary Ellen Todd's 2,000-mile trek from Arkansas to Oregon in the 1850s as written down by Todd's daughter, Van Leeuwen has created a historical novel told in the voice of a 10-year-old child. The story begins with the preparations and the difficulty of leaving home and family. It chronicles the hardships the family encountered: raging rivers to cross, bad weather, sickness and death, limited food, and the constant push to beat the first snows of winter. There are also small pleasures, including the birth of a brother. Readers will see how choices made often make the difference between success or failure, life or death. Characterizations are well done, showing the varying personalities of people on the trail. For example, the determination and faith of the father are shown consistently as the basis for his actions. 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.-Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140383195
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 128,453
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    this book is really good.when i looked at the cover it looked so boring but it is really good i recommend you to read it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2007

    uhh its fine

    im reading it in school. not that intersting.sory but were 11 for cryin out loud!!!!!!BORINGGG

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    Will They Make It to Oregon?

    The book 'Bound For Oregon' was an enjoyable book to read. It is a great book for introducing young readers to historical fiction. It gives children an insite to the wearisome life on the Oregon Trail. I plan to use this book in my classroom to teach about the Oregon Trail.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)