West Against The Windby Liza Ketchum
Fourteen-year-old Abigail Parker, traveling west in 1850, has a touch of "gold fever". A spirited rebel, Abby dreams of buying her own land and hopes to find her father, who is missing in California. Caught up in the danger and adventure of the journey, Abby befriends Matthew Reed, a mysterious young man who travels with a secret of his own. In the end, these two young people brave the wilderness alone in their struggle to save their loved ones from starvation.
Honors for West Against the Wind include the Jefferson Cup Award Honor Book, Dorothy Canfield List and Iowa Teen Award list. For ages 10 and up.
"The pioneer story, when told as beautifully as it is here, never grows old...An exceptionally fine debut." (Publishers Weekly)
Author Bio: Lisa Ketchum's books on pioneer themes include the popular serialized novels: Orphan Journey Home, The Gold Rush and Into a New Country: Eight Women of the West. Her most recent young adult novel is the award-winning Blue Coyote.
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
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West Against the Wind is a phenomenal book. I first read this book when I was twelve years old, and I have been reading it at least twice a year for the last eight years. It tells a story that is timeless and lovely, and I believe every girl and woman should read West Against the Wind at least once in their lifetime. I know it will continue to be a favorite of mine until the end of time.
The book called West Against the Wind is a exciting book. This book is for people who like adventure and love stories. It is about a girl named Abigail Parker and her family traveling west. They are going to California. On their way they meet Matthew Reed who joins them on their adventure. In this book everyone has some hard things to over come. Tons of people that traveled on the same trail died. Do you think Abigail and her family will make it? Is there something between Matthew and Abigail? You will have to read the book to find out.
This book was on my summer reading list. So I went to my library and by the next day I was finished with this outstanding book. Abby is not like me at all. That is why I enjoyed it so much. From the beggining I realized the Abby hadn't done alot of growing but you change as she changes. This is a mysterious book and I loved it.
This is a great book from the beginning to the end.I can read it over and over again. All the charecters seem so real.
This book showed the hardships that the people in the Goldrush had to go through as well as a heart-warming romance. The book is very accurate on the routes, landscapes and rivers these human beings had to cross. It shows the happiness, love and cruelty that these men and women went through. I recommend this to anyone and everyone!
I really liked this book. I believe it shows an accurate picture of what life was really like on the trail. Sufferings and yet joys. I recommend it.