Words West by Ginger Wadsworth
Voices of Young Pioneers

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Among the tens of thousands of pioneers who left home in covered wagons in the 1800s, headed for the West in hopes of fertile land, gold, or escape from religious or racial persecution, some forty thousand were children. Though the hardships and dangers of the trail were many, these children also witnessed the great and wild beauty of the untouched West and became an integral part of U.S. history. In this unique approach to the history of the wagon trail and western expansion, here are the moving stories of these young pioneers, told in their own words through letters home, diaries, and memoirs.
Ginger Wadsworth’s clear and well-organized presentation is comprehensive, accessible, and richly illustrated with detailed maps and more than ninety archival photos and prints of life on the trail. Endnotes, bibliography, index.

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Ginger Wadsworth is the author of many nonfiction titles for young readers, including, for Clarion, Words West: Voices of Young Pioneers, which was named a Nonfiction Honor Book by VOYA and received the Western Writers of America Spur Award. She lives in Orinda, California. You can learn more about her at www.gingerwadsworth.com.
Published November 17, 2003 by Clarion Books. 208 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Whether escaping poverty or seeking gold, freedom, or farmland, the pioneers’ routes—the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe Trail—have become part of the American experience of hitting the road in search of something better.

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