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Facing West: A Story of the Oregon Trail
     

Facing West: A Story of the Oregon Trail

by Kathleen V. Kudlinski, James Watling (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140369144
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Series:
Once Upon America Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
516,801
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kathleen Kudlinksi the award-winning author of more than forty books for children, including  the Boy, Were We Wrong series. She lives in Connecticut and Vermont.

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