Synopses & Reviews
Nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd, filled with the pioneer spirit, treks cross country in 1852 with her family in search of a better life. The Todds survive Indians and swollen rivers, but what will happen when mother has a new baby and winter arrives? Jean Van Leeuwen has written highly acclaimed book for both children and young adults, including Dear Mom, You're Ruining My Life.
Based on a true account, Bound for Oregon brings to life a spirited heroine who, within six months, had enough adventures to last a lifetime. Filled with drama, warmth, an authentic detail, the story shows both the hardships of the Oregon Trail and a family who braved them with faith and courage.
"Basing her story on the published accounts of her true-life heroine, Mary Ellen Todd, Van Leeuwen describes a family's tumultuous journey along the Oregon Trail in 1852." --Publishers Weekly
With only a guide book to show them the way, the Todd family sets out from their Arkansas home on a two thousand mile trek to claim unchartered Oregon Territory. Crossing rough terrain and encountering hostile people, the Todds show their true pioneering spirit. But as winter draws near, will the Todds have the strength to complete their journey? And if they make it, will Oregon fulfill their dreams?
This is a convincing picture of a pioneer journey that does a good job of showing the tremendous sacrifices people made to follow their dream of a better life. School Library Journal"
Bound For Oregon (PB)
About the Author
One of the few childrens authors working today who is able to write successfully for several different age levels, Ms. Van Leeuwen has written books that have won a wide array of honors, including the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Childrens Book Award, and the Booklist Editors Choices.
Jean Van Leeuwen lives in Chappaqua, New York, with her husband, Bruce Gavril.