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A Heart for Any Fateby Linda Crew
A well-written, non-glamorized Oregon trail story told by seventeen-year old Lovisa, who can't wait to get started on the adventure of a lifetime. A Heart for Any Fate is based on the real King family who settled in Oregon after barely surviving the infamous Meeker shortcut. Many places in Portland and western Oregon are named for them. This book won the Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature.
Synopses & Reviews
"In this richly detailed novel that originally appeared in 2005, Crew creates a riveting, fictional story from the bare facts of an extended family’s grueling journey across the Continental Divide." Booklist
Seventeen-year-old Lovisa King leaves Missouri for the Oregon Territory in 1845.
A Heart for Any Fate, based on the history of a company of real pioneers, tells the story of the King family, whose careful plans are challenged by the harsh, unforeseen realities of overland travel. The family makes the unfortunate decision to follow guide Stephen Meek, who leads them into blistering weather, drought, and treacherous river crossings along a shortcut that becomes known as the Terrible Trail.
About the Author
Linda Crew (Fire on the Wind, Children of the River) is a recipient of the IRA Children's Book Award and the Golden Kite Award, and her books have been named ALA Notables as well as ALA Best Books. She lives on a farm in her home state of Oregon, with her husband and their three children.
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