Bound for Oregon


Excellent historical fiction. Mary Ellen Todd’s family is taking the long trek on the Oregon Trail. Crossing rough terrain and avoiding hostile Indians are only part of the challenge they will face. Will they complete their journey? If so, will Oregon fulfill their dreams?

Set in the mid 19th century, Van Leeuwan crafts a story with a first-person narrative from the 9-year-old Mary Ellen that will not only enable readers to experience the adventures and perils of the westward expansion, but will also help them see the value of persevering and working together. 

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