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The Journal of Callie Wade

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Dawn Miller's marvelous debut novel, inspired by memories of her great-grandmother, tells a wonderful adventure story--and a glorious tale of love--as it was experienced with passion and yearning by a character whom readers will never forget. "Lovely and heartwarming . . . a poignant, hopeful love story that will touch your heart".--Cathy Cash-Spellman, author of Paint the ...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Pocket Books
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Sara Stetz
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love historical fiction. The route the wagon train took was what I looked at when planning our trip to Colorado; through the sand hills of Nebraska which the characters did by wagon. It was a reality check because I looked at it and was like “no way am I driving that long stretch of open nothing”. The challenges of the road out west were explored with likable characters and many lovable female leads. It was light and good holiday read. I had to take a break from the heavy Alaska sea voyage ...more
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Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It was written in a way that kept me going on the journey. It was interesting to hear about such a tough journey across country in a covered wagon. The amount of hardship is almost unbelievable. At one point I was wondering if any of the characters would live until the end. Character development was good.
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Anne Gerth
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Written in the form of a journal/ diary, this book brings the story of being a pioneer and part of a wagon train west to life. Each chapter open with a wise quote from the journal keeps mother. “Home is where your heart leads you” and each chapter marks a new leg of the journey.
Abigail Rounds
highly recommend over all awesome book
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
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To want to trek from the Midwest to California in the mid-1800s took a special breed of people with a determination beyond anything I can fathom. This story is told in a diary entry type format. And while it is fiction it is based on the life experience of the author's ancestor. I really have a deep appreciation for these early pioneers. I certainly would never have ventured it, if it were me. But, the west held out special dreams and promise of a better life. To many it was worth the risk. I ...more
I love any pioneer novel in a diary format (thanks, no doubt, to the Little House books and the Dear America series). Therefore The Journal of Callie Wade boded well to become a new favorite. Indeed, it started off so well. I didn't quibble too much with the overly-descriptive and verbatim conversations recorded in the diary--after all, that merely added to my enjoyment of the story. However, the novel began breaking down for me when Callie and love-interest Quinn have a premarital romp in the ...more
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn't set out to read this entire book today, but it was just that good! I so loved the characters (except, of course, for the Koch family). I'm not a history buff, so I don't know how accurate it all is, but it felt real enough to completely steal my attention all day.

BTW, this is just a book I picked up randomly off the shelf at the library while I was looking for another. I'm so glad it caught my eye!
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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Eighteen year old Callie Wade is living on a farm in Missouri when her mother dies and her younger sister becomes consumptive. She, her father and her brother, Jack all decide to join a wagon train to California in order to save her sister's life. Some of the events of the book are based on the experiences of the author's great grandmother.
Jan 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
I think this might be my least favorite Oregon Trail story ever. It felt so fake--like the author hardly knew anything about the Oregon Trail, and the characters behaved like modern teens, not teens in the 1850s (premarital sex in the bushes???). I don't think the journal-style writing worked very well, either. Didn't connect with this story at all.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want this book to end! I believe that women who lived in the days of old were made of something different. Callie Mae shares her journey of love, grief and becoming a woman. Reading her journal reminded me of how we take for granted modern day conveniences.
Sep 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love reading about pioneers, this book was very emotional and informative about the hardships of travelling. This was a great book, and I hope to read the rest in the series.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in the Oregon Trail or the old West in general, this will be right up your alley and well worth your time.
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. It's a fiction historical story in the form of a diary.
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Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Does a great job of detailing how difficult life was on the trail, but sometimes is a bit too modern and juvenile for my taste.
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Dawn Miller is an award-winning filmmaker and author who has written and produced several books, a music video, and an urban teen drama. She lives in St. Louis with her teenage son and is currently at work on the graphic novel and feature film version of 'The Watcher Chronicles'.