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When orphans Aiden and Maddy Lynch first meet trailrider Jefferson J. Jackson in the spring of 1865, they’re struggling to survive on their family’s drought-ravaged Kansas farm. So when Jackson offers an escape—a 2000-mile journey across the roughest country in the world—Aiden knows it’s their only choice.

They say there are a hundred ways to die on the Oregon Trail, and the long wagon journey is broken only by catastrophe: wolf attacks, rattlesnakes, deadly river crossings, Indians, and the looming threat of smallpox, “the devil’s paint.” Through it all, Aiden and Maddy and a hundred fellow travelers move forward with a growing hope, and the promise of a new life in the Washington Territory. But one question haunts them: who will survive the journey?

In an adventure-filled and historically accurate new novel, Victoria McKernan captures both the peril and the stunning beauty of the frontier West. Shackleton’s Stowaway (“Truly thrilling” according to The Washington Post) was Victoria McKernan’s first novel for young adults. She lives in Washington, D.C..

Synopsis:

Tired of struggling to survive on their draught-ravaged Kansas farm, orphans Aiden and Maddy Lynch begin the perilous journey along the Oregon Trail with a hundred fellow travelers and face Indians, deadly river crossings, and wolves along the way in the hopes of reaching a better life out west.

Synopsis:

In 1865, fifteen-year-old Aiden and his thirteen-year-old sister Maddy, penniless orphans, leave drought-stricken Kansas on a wagon train hoping for a better life in Seattle, but find there are still many hardships to be faced.

About the Author

Victoria McKernan is the author of the acclaimed Shackleton's Stowaway, a historical novel for young adults about the eighteen-year-old stowaway on Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to the South Pole. She has also written four novels for adults. She is currently at work on her next novel for young readers.

Victoria McKernan lives in Washington, D.C., with a dog, two cats, and one boa constrictor.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375891625
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Historical - United States - 19th Century
Author:
McKernan, Victoria
Author:
Victoria McKernan
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Subject:
Children s Pacific Northwest-History
Subject:
Children s Pacific Northwest-Young Adult Fiction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090113
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
9-12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 368 pages Random House Children's Books - English 9780375891625 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Tired of struggling to survive on their draught-ravaged Kansas farm, orphans Aiden and Maddy Lynch begin the perilous journey along the Oregon Trail with a hundred fellow travelers and face Indians, deadly river crossings, and wolves along the way in the hopes of reaching a better life out west.
"Synopsis" by , In 1865, fifteen-year-old Aiden and his thirteen-year-old sister Maddy, penniless orphans, leave drought-stricken Kansas on a wagon train hoping for a better life in Seattle, but find there are still many hardships to be faced.
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