Facing West: A Story of the Oregon Trail

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When his family travels west via wagon train in 1845, Ben faces many adventures and hardships. Along with the dangers of rough weather and wild animals, Ben also fears the possibility that he might have a devastating asthma attack. As his family sets out from Missouri to Oregon, young Ben wonders whether he will have more trouble with the dangers of the journey or his debilitating asthma.

As his family sets out from Missouri to Oregon, young Ben wonders whether he ...

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When his family travels west via wagon train in 1845, Ben faces many adventures and hardships. Along with the dangers of rough weather and wild animals, Ben also fears the possibility that he might have a devastating asthma attack. As his family sets out from Missouri to Oregon, young Ben wonders whether he will have more trouble with the dangers of the journey or his debilitating asthma.

As his family sets out from Missouri to Oregon, young Ben wonders whether he will have more trouble with the dangers of the journey or his debilitating asthma.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Fenton Rumplemayer is an unfortunate name, but the child is brilliant and has so much insight into people's motives and feelings that we can forgive his parents. Fenton and his friend Maggie manage to find a missing piece from his father's dig, foil the class bully, and work on their own science project, all while discovering how two unrelated species managed to die on top of each other, and how a tooth turned into a horn! Fast reading, and a good story, not only for dino-nuts. The mystery is very realistic, and so is the class bully. We understand why he acts as he does and only hope that, faced with the same problems that he gives Fenton, we'd be able to resist hauling off and slamming him. Sometimes Fenton is just too understanding. But the book is a good read. Other titles in the Dinosaur Detective series include The Raptor's Claw, Night of the Carnotaurus, The Competition, On the Right Track, Out of Place, and Scrambled Eggs.1994, Scientific American, Ages 8 to 12, $12.95 and $3.95. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140369144
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Series: Once Upon America Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 348,851
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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Kathleen V. Kudlinski is the author of many fiction and nonfiction books for children including, My Lady Pocahontas, Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs, contributions to the Women of Our Time biography series, and the Once Upon America historical fiction series. You can visit her online at www.kathleenkudlinski.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    What a great book!

    Poor Ben - going west on the dusty, smokey, pollen filled Oregon Trail with asthma - I never thought about what it would be to live in history like that with a problem like that. It made the Trail really extra scary, but Ben made me laugh over and over, too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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