Rachel's Journal by Marissa Moss
The Story of a Pioneer Girl

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In this first book in the Young American Voices series, young Rachel and her family travel by covered wagon following the Oregon Trail from Illinois all the way to California. The terrain is rough and the seven-month trip is filled with adventure--a surprise encounter with Indians, a thunderous buffalo stampede, even the perilous crossing of a flooded river. Rachel's own handwritten journal chronicles every detail and features cherished "pasted-in" mementos--wildflowers, buttons, quilt patches--gathered along the way. Hear Rachel's story in her own words as she and her family make their way to their new home in California.

About Marissa Moss

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MARISSA MOSS is best known for her handwritten and illus-trated journals, including the popular Amelia series. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Published September 1, 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 56 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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In buoyant, gossipy, sometimes irreverent entries, ten-year-old Rachel records incidents (all, readers are assured, drawn from actual 19th-century journals) and observations at every stage, from the bustling Missouri River crossing (""Pa says it is so crowded you cannot find a place to piss in pe...

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Moss extends the format she perfected in Amelia's Notebook and Amelia Writes Again to cover historical fiction in this solidly researched and wholly captivating illustrated diary ""by"" a 10-year-old girl who travels with her family along the Oregon Trail in 1850.

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