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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.
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"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

Synopsis:

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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Sarah Mirati, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Sarah Mirati)
This book is the ultimate Oregon Trail book. This story follows the King family as the traverse the open plains of the Midwest and the unexpected dangers they face. This is based on a true story of how Kings Valley in Oregon came to be. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about the Oregon Trail.
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Susan Wiget, January 24, 2010 (view all comments by Susan Wiget)
This is a young adult historic novel, based on true events and real people, about an 1845 pioneer journey from Missouri to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. It is from the first person perspective of Lovisa King, a seventeen-year-old traveling with her extended family. Although Lovisa is spunky and often asserts herself, the protagonist and the tone are realistic for the time period. The journey is full of discoveries and hardships, and Lovisa is a woman by the time the journey ends. A joy to read, this coming-of-age story is thrilling, sad, amusing, and hopeful. The back of the book includes historic background, sources, and photos from the actual King family.
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catie james, January 11, 2010 (view all comments by catie james)
Lovisa King was just seventeen in the spring of 1845 when her three generations of her family loaded up the green, canvas covered wagons to make the two thousand mile journey from Missouri to Oregon. Born right in the middle of ten brothers and sisters, Lovisa begins their expedition with dauntless optimism and absolute certainty that the her family's superior preparation, will protect them from any hardships the Overland Trail may present. Even a last minute reassignment to her sister Sarah and "bossy" brother-in-law, Rowland Chambers' wagon can't diminish Lovisa's enthusiasm for the future that lies ahead.

But the road west is cruel and indiscriminate, leaving a trail of fallen party members in its wake. The entire wagon train faces days unanswered thirst, weeks of trekking across the barren plains in blistering heat, and storms of prairie sand so acidic the only remedy is axle grease rubbed into raw skin. As death and disease ravage those she loves, with bone-deep weariness chipping away Lovisa's soul, she begins to wonder if this expedition really has a terminus and when it does, how many Kings will be left standing when it ends.

I'm a huge history buff, especially anything pertaining to the Old West. The problem with a lot of us enamored of these tales though is a tendency to romanticize a time and place full of brutal and harsh realities. Linda Crewe effortlessly sidesteps this trap to capture Lovisa's story as it might have been, opening A HEART FOR ANY FATE a general introduction to the US's great expansion, circumstances leading up to the citizen's migration, and life along the trail itself.

Lovisa and her family are the heart of this story; searching, like so many American's at the time, for a more prosperous fate in a new land. Ms. Crewe did such a wonderful job creating this young woman's voice, I had to continuously reminding myself that I wasn't reading an actual account of her experience; although if the truth be told, I was moved to tears more than once during my reading.

A HEART FOR ANY FATE is a fascinating and moving depiction that immerses the reader into a defining period of American history and definitely shouldn't be missed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781932010268
Author:
Crew, Linda
Publisher:
Ooligan Press
Foreword by:
Armstrong, Jennifer
Foreword:
Armstrong, Jennifer
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Oregon National Historic Trail.
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Copyright:
Series:
Lincoln Out of Time
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
247
Dimensions:
8.52x5.52x.67 in. .85 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 247 pages Ooligan Press - English 9781932010268 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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