In 1851, 12-year-old orphan Austin Ives joins a wagon train headed forCalifornia. As he makes his way across the country, Austin writes home to hisbrother Levi, describing life on the rugged Overland Trail. Extensivelyresearched, with episodes based on true incidents, "the epistolary format andcharacter development offer solid reading."--Booklist An IRA Teachers'' Choice
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