Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen

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A fictionalized account of the journey made by nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd and her family from their home in Arkansas westward over the Oregon Trail in 1852.
 

About Jean Van Leeuwen

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Jean Van Leeuwen was born in 1937 and grew up in the town of Rutherford, New Jersey. After high school she attended Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism, thinking she would like to work on a magazine. Van leeuwen did work for a magazine briefly, then drifted into book publishing, where she found herself in the world of childrenżs books, as an editor. She decided to try her hand at writing children's books and so took a writing class.Eventually, her first book, Timothy's Flower, was published. Since then, Van Leeuwen has written more than forty books. In her spare time she teaches a Writers' Workshop for adults and visit schools to talk about books. She also volunteers in a first-grade classroom, where she helps children with their writing. Van Leeuwen has written books that have won a wide array of honors, including the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Childrenżs Book Award, and the Booklist Editorsż Choices. Avi is the highly respected author of the Scott O'Dell Award winning The Fighting Ground and the Newbery Honor Books The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing but the Truth. A former resident of Providence, Rhode Island, Avi now lives in Boulder, Colorado.James Watling has illustrated many children's books with historical themes including The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward. He lives near Montreal, Canada.
 
Published October 1, 1994 by Dial. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this plodding fictionalized account of a real girl's Oregon Trail experience, nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd heads west in 1852 with her potter father, unemotional stepmother, and two younger sisters.

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Basing her story on the published accounts of her true-life heroine, Mary Ellen Todd, Van Leeuwen (Going West; the Oliver and Amanda Pig series) describes a family's tumultuous journey along the Orego

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In a starred review of this fact-based tale of nine-year-old Mary Ellen and her family's dramatic 1852 journey along the Oregon Trail, PW said, ""The contrast between the tenderness of Mary Ellen's perceptions and the hardships of the frontier is deeply moving."" Ages 8-12.

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when her stepmother frowns at her for dirtying her dress, she thinks, ``My real mother wouldn't care about a few grass stains.'' The novel ends on a sweet note, however, with the birth of a baby and the celebration of Christmas, when each family member thanks God for the family's safe arrival in ...

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