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Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie (Dear America)

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At first, 13-year-old Hattie and her family find the wagon train adventure exciting, but as time passes, death, disease, weather, and the terrain make it a tedious and dangerous trip. Through Hattie's diary this fascinating era in history is deftly chronicled.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published 1997
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Faith
Feb 08, 2016 Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started this book, I was so not 'into it'. I stumbled along through the first 20 something pages, before it really pulled me in. But one it did, I was hooked! It was so good! I loved Pepper and Gideon (adorable couple!!). And Mr. & Mrs. Biggs were my favorites!! :) I was shipping Wade and Hattie through the whole book too. ;)
If you like good, real, sad, stories of courageous pioneers, you'll love this book. :)
Arlene
Jul 14, 2015 Arlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Yeah I'm 27 and I just listened to a Dear America audiobook.

And I liked it.
Nattie
Nov 10, 2012 Nattie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story. I am a huge fan of pretty much all "Wagons Ho!", fiction, unless it is really bad. I found myself slightly annoyed. It seems that the book was obviously trying to avoid the big SEX word, but kept mentioning things that you know involved sex. I'd rather the subject was ignored completly if you're going to have scenes like the ones where Hattie asks the new 14-year-old brides what it's like to have a husband and they both blush redder than a red crayon. I guess the only things ...more
Audrey
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Berdena Beamer
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell is a really good historical book. I would recommend this book for grades fourth through sixth. It is the first Dear America book that I have read. The story starts in the spring of 1847. It is a good depiction of how it was back then to ride a wagon train across the United States to start a new life. There were several families who gathered in Independence, Missouri, where the Oregon Trail started. They traveled nort ...more
Mary Alice
Jul 17, 2009 Mary Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Our family had just moved from upstate New York to New Hampshire at the end of the summer of 2005. Our daughter Olivia asked me to read this book with her. We started out reading this book together and one by one the rest of our family would gather to hear us read until "it" became the event of each evening or rainy weekend afternoon.
I think we were drawn to this story because in our own way, we had left "everything" behind; (family, friends, our church, home, a pet, furnitur
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Kirsten
Feb 12, 2009 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read it made me get wet eyes and laugh.
It helped me under stand what it was like crossing the river and walking for miles with out end but also the good times they had when the camped for the night and the thief your old friends could become.i also like in the back there is a historical note and pictures.
Christy
Dec 02, 2016 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
A wonderful look at pioneers traveling to Oregon and all the hurt that it entails!
Rebecca
Apr 01, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in March 1997 when it was first published and it was one of my favorite books ever. It brings the Oregon Trail to life and puts faces on the countless brave pioneers who braved the hardships of the trail to make new lives in the west. The narrator is a fictional thirteen-year-old farm girl from Missouri, Hattie Campbell. Through her diary, written in a voice that truly sounds as if it belongs to a young girl from that time, the reader experiances the events of Hattie's jou ...more
Neha
Oct 30, 2016 Neha rated it it was amazing
In Across the Wide Lonesome Prairie Hattie describes the journey she and 100s of other families took. At the start Hattie describes the excitement as her family packs up and starts the trail. During the trip not everything goes as smooth as she hoped. They had to face diseases, death, weather, and of course the shortage of food. This book illustrates what it takes to get up and leave everything behind, to start a new life. I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to know what kind of jou ...more
Allison
Mar 25, 2016 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Continuing my revisit of the Dear America series! Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie was one I really remember loving from my childhood, and it did not disappoint. I remembered certain plot points but was still surprised at others, and the imagery is just as vivid as I remember. A great read for any age!
Amy Lane
Oct 17, 2016 Amy Lane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. It lets you see more into the hardships settlers faced while crossing the wide and lonesome prairie. It is definitely a good historical fiction book that history loving girls should read.
Kamren
Aug 26, 2009 Kamren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG this was an amazing book when you are as young as me you need to read books like this i didnt not like on bit of it!!
Sharon Johnson
May 10, 2012 Sharon Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and even though it is historical fiction it is a great story
Lauren Vevoda
Apr 26, 2015 Lauren Vevoda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book as a kid!! I still remember the story to this day :)
Lauren Hopkins
Dec 15, 2016 Lauren Hopkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first time reading this in probably 15 years, but it was my favorite "Dear America" book as a kid and it's still just as exciting and fun to plow through. Told from the perspective of a 13-year-old girl whose family decides to go to Oregon during the height of westward expansion in 1847, even though it's meant for younger readers, the book doesn't shy away from any of the horrors of the Oregon Trail, including all of the amazing ways to die: poison! getting crushed to death! disease! drowning ...more
Kimberly DeAnne
This is one of my favorite books that I remembered reading in grade school. Throughout my life I ended up reading it more than once. At least four-five times. It is a book that I can see myself reading in the future to my kids.
Jamie
Feb 10, 2017 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is 3.5 stars for me. I read it with my son for his Utah History class. I grew up playing Oregon Trail so everything in this book was super familiar. Lots of people died. It's a good read for middle school aged kids.
Carly
I can't remember if this is the one I read, but I'm pretty sure it is. I just know I read a Dear America novel as a kid and loved it, and I want to remember these for when my own kids are old enough!
Sara
Jan 14, 2017 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: younger-days
As a child, this was my favorite of the entire Dear America series (and I read them all)!
Heather
I loved these books when I was in elementary and middle school and it was great to revisit one!
Madison Rhodes
Jan 15, 2017 Madison Rhodes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lily
Mar 05, 2017 Lily rated it it was amazing
I thought it might have been fun to travel by wagon across the country but now I would have hated it. Such a bumpy and slow ride! It is not safe and it is not guaranteed you will live.
ProfCurrier
Sep 22, 2016 ProfCurrier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caitlin Nassani
This book is a look into history and would be great for upper level grades. I think grades 5th and 6th would be able to read this book. The language was very easy. While reading this book I did think to myself is this appropriate for young readers? The main character's best friend gets married at 14 and there is a small amount of hints towards what a married couple would do. Although some children wouldn't pick up on this, I think it is a good insight into what happened on the Ore
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Rhonda Wunder
This book was quite interesting. It gave me a feeling that our ancestors really had to struggle to get where they wanted to be.
Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Across the Wide Prairie (Oregon Trail) / 0-590-22651-7

I love Oregon Trail stories, probably as a remnant of my childhood obsession over the video game series of the same name. I couldn't wait to read this installment of the Dear America series.

The Dear America formula works very well here. The diary format is well-suited to a long journey, and fits realistically here as the main character sits down by the fire at the end of the evening to record the days' experiences. The day-to-day account is g
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Fawls13
Got this as a CD for the kids in the car.
Like the Little House On The Prairie CDs we've listened to these are not literary masterpieces...BUT they are worth reading (or in this case listening to).

By the end of this my middle son, aged 6, was keeping a rough count of the number of deaths. Not a bloody tale, no attacks or even disease ravaging the wagon train; just random death. What is so striking is that there were no grief counselors or really even time to work through the deaths. They were mat
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Vikki
Sep 20, 2012 Vikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did enjoy this little children's book Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie by Kristiana Gregory. I chose it because on a recent vacation at the Westin Hotel in Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri, I noticed the Coterie Theatre was putting on the play based on this book. After reading a rather difficult, slow-moving book, I wanted to read something where the pages turned quickly. I thought a children's book was just the ticket. And it was!
This was the story of Hattie Campbell who wi
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Jessica Mcmahon
May 13, 2014 Jessica Mcmahon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, to get through hard times, you must remind yourself of the treasures you are thriving for. When Hattie's family decides to move west in 1847, everyone thinks good or bad of it. Her father looks forward to staring a new life, leaving the last. Her mother is all tears, having to leave the place in which her dead children reside in. Hattie's brothers don't think of it much- they are young and naive. And Hattie doesn't know what to think- she has to leave her home and friends behind, but ...more
Sydney
Mar 21, 2014 Sydney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did and did not this book. A lot of mixed feelings, but I love that it was written as a dairy entry, more then a normal chapter book, it's more exciting. Any-who the story takes place back in 1840's, and is seen though the eyes of young Hattie Campbell. As she and her family are making there way across America to their promise land in Oregon. Sense it is written in a Dairy format, I think like all the other dear America book well actually I'm not sure cause this is the first book that I have r ...more
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Kristiana Gregory grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, two blocks from the ocean. She's always loved to make up stories [ask her family!], telling her younger siblings whoppers that would leave them wide-eyed and shivering. Her first rejection letter at age ten was for a poem she wrote in class when she was supposed to be doing a math assignment. She's had a myriad of odd jobs: telephone operat ...more
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