Daniel's Walk

Daniel's Walk

by Michael Spooner
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Daniel's Walk by Michael Spooner

I knelt down by one of the grizzly's tracks. It was larger than my hand where his pads had pushed the mud out wide. I pressed my palm into the hollow of his track and stretched my fingers out to touch his claw marks one by one. My scalp tingled.

"Sure was a big one, wasn't he?"

I spun around and something knocked me flat on my stomach. Before I could roll over, a heavy knee pinned my shoulder to the ground and a hard hand yanked my head back by the hair.

"It's me again, white boy," breathed Haggard in my ear. "Don't say you're not glad to see me." —From Daniel's Walk

"Your daddy's in trouble, boy," said the Voice.

Daniel's father is an experienced trapper who knows the Rocky Mountains. So what could have happened to him? Yet Daniel is haunted by the Voice and its message. He decides to leave his home in Missouri to search for his pa.

But it is 1844 and the West is a wilderness. Trouble lurks all along the Oregon Trail, and trouble finds Daniel right away. One stormy night he sees a frightening, scar-faced man stealing horses—and the horse thief sees him, too. Daniel barely escapes being shot. He joins a wagon train headed west, but for him there is no safety in numbers. As surely as he knows that his father is in danger, he knows that the scar-faced man will try to kill him again.

Slowly Daniel comes to understand that he and his father are not the only ones in danger. There are some who will prosper from the westward expansion, but many more-white and Indian alike-will suffer as their land and their lives are destroyed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805067507
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 15 Years

About the Author

Michael Spooner writes both poetry and prose for children. He is the author of A Moon in Your Lunchbox and is the director of the Utah State University Press. He lives with his family in Logan, Utah.

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Daniel's mother died in childbirth when he was just a small boy. After that, his father, a fur trapper, left Daniel to be raised by relatives in Missouri. Aunt Judith believes Daniel's father is a good-for-nothing responsible for her sister's death. She and her husband discourage Daniel from ever searching for his father. But a mysterious voice in the night warns Daniel that his father is in danger. Determined to save him, he sets out to cross the country and find his father in the Rocky Mountains. Daniel joins up with a wagon train and meets a headstrong girl named Rosalie as well as a horse thief determined to kill him. But even if Daniel survives the dangers of the overland journey, can he escape the horse thief's vengeance and find his father before it's too late? This was an exciting historical novel with a new perspective on the Oregon Trail.