Go West, Young Women!

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Stampeding buffalo, helpless menfolk, lovesick Indians, and wet gunpowder can't stop these intrepid women. For them, it's Oregon--or bust!

When a disaster claims the men of their wagon train, spunky twelve-year-old Phoebe, her mother, sister, and other women rely on their own resources to complete the journey to Oregon in 1845.

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Overview

Stampeding buffalo, helpless menfolk, lovesick Indians, and wet gunpowder can't stop these intrepid women. For them, it's Oregon--or bust!

When a disaster claims the men of their wagon train, spunky twelve-year-old Phoebe, her mother, sister, and other women rely on their own resources to complete the journey to Oregon in 1845.

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Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
When disaster strikes a wagon train of unprepared Easterners heading for Oregon, the ladies take over. The surviving men, now disabled, are amazed at the ingenuity of their women. Phoebe, 13, is spunky and smart. She saves a Sioux boy from drowning, is initiated into the tribe and becomes the boy's blood sister. Life on the trail was dirty, exhausting, and disappointing; but hope carried them on. Nonstop action and humor. Bring on Book 2!
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Gr 4-6A light, entertaining tale of adventure on the trail to Oregon in 1845, related by 12-year-old Phoebe Brown. The females of this wagon train are for the most part reluctant pioneers; their husbands and fathers are the moving force behind the journey. These men aren't terribly bright, and in their effort to save money, they commit a series of increasingly serious blunders that culminates in a buffalo stampede that leaves most of them dead. With the three survivors critically injured, the women take charge. Led by an intelligent and intrepid teacher, the wagon train continues on. This may sound rather grim, but the story is actually very amusing, if utterly predictable. Laura Ingalls Wilder is in no danger of being supplanted, but readers who like humor woven into their historical fiction are sure to enjoy it. Unfortunately, the dust jacket is unattractive.Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060271510
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Series: The Petticoat Party Ser.
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.71 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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