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Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847

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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, the rigors and the joys of this fascinating era in history are deftly chronicled.
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Published January 1st 2006 by Live Oak Media (NY) (first published March 1st 1997)
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Arlene
Jul 14, 2015 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.
Faith
Feb 08, 2016 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. :)
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Manybooks
So yes indeed, I have to admit that I do tend to find it a bit (and in fact rather more than a bit) frustrating that in Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell author Kristina Gregory seems to have her fictional diarist and first person narrator Hattie Campbell almost constantly be narrationally wallowing in pain, grief and tragedy, with one presented disaster, with one featured horror after another meticulously textually depicted and examined, a seemingly ...more
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Donna Hunt
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A diary from a young teen is a great way to tell of the struggles and joys of traveling the Oregon Trail. You see first hand the dangers, the everyday pains such as feeling lonely when your friend is married and you are not. You see children born, and children die. The realness of the story and how although the character is fiction, you know these kind of things did happen and you just feel connected.
Nat
Nov 10, 2012 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
Mary Alice
Jul 17, 2009 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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Anna
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember becoming interested in the Oregon Trail because of this diary (and the excellent computer simulation, of course).
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
Rebecca
Apr 01, 2009 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
Lauren Hopkins
Dec 15, 2016 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
Kirsten
Feb 12, 2009 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 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!
Abigail
When I saw Mama out on the dance floor with Pa, her arm looped through his, and her head thrown back in laughter, I knew we were really truly finally in Oregon. Just like that.

Still one of the best Dear America books, tbh. It's heartbreaking at times, to think what the brave souls who made this journey went through, but it's inspiring just the same. Hattie is fantastic as a narrator, sassier than most of the narrators in this series. So I really enjoyed revisiting this story, though the 13 and
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Mackie Welch
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this as part of a selection committee and I liked it more than I thought I would. Not that I would really know, but it felt like a true portrayal of life on the Oregon Trail. Definitely didn't shy away from the hard stuff (lots of people and almost all of the animals die). A good primer for kids who are interested in the subject.
Kaleigh
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Across The Wide and Lonesome Prairie
By: Kristiana Gregory
I found this full of interesting information on the Oregon Trail. It was historical fiction. Based on true events but storyline developed by the author. The book made me feel as if I was actually there with them on the Oregon Trail. It kept me hooked the entire time I was reading. Over all, I enjoyed the book.
Lily
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 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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Jessica Mcmahon
May 13, 2014 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
Zev
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2019 review: this was the first or second book that I read of the series and its spinoff series (Royals plus a few My Name is America books). I have a definite soft spot for it, and was pleased to discover I hadn't outgrown it. Still a really good historical fiction diary, and what a way to write! Most of the action happens over three months, but it feels so much longer. The descriptions were vivid as ever, the stakes just as high. I shook my head at the teenagers and was shocked they were marry ...more
Rebecca
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the spring of 1847, thirteen-year-old Hattie Campbell and her family leave their home in Missouri to travel west in a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail. Hattie is sad to leave her home and her best friend, as well as the graves of her little sisters who died.

In her diary, Hattie writes of all the hardships her family and others in their wagon train experience. The pioneers face sickness, dangerous river crossings. Many people do not survive. But despite all the sadness, there is happiness to
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Abby Johnson
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Not my favorite of the Dear America books I've listened to. Nothing wrong with the audio recording or narration. The subject matter is a little more mature than some of the others I've read - people dying left and right on the Oregon Trail. My main problem was that I hated the main character. Just, personally I could not connect with her. She was so judgmental! And yes, she did change her mind about being afraid of the Indians by the end, and yes, I get that in the 1800s being afraid of Indians ...more
Courtney
This was one of my favorite books when I was in elementary school. This was the first Dear America book I read and it made me fall in love with the series (as it did with pretty much every other girl in my 5th grade class). Not only that, it introduced me to historical fiction which is now undoubtedly my favorite genre. Basically, this book will always have a special place in my heart.

Of course when I was 10 I thought this book was perfect. It was gritty and heartbreaking and it made me feel ver
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Purlewe
A very interesting book about life travelling from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail. It took 6 months back then to travel that distance. Full of danger and peril. Not all people made it to see their destination.

I find that this is a great YA book to give kids an idea of the scope of the time period. Very relatable and easy to read.

I listened to this on audiobook and felt the narrator, Stina Nielson did a great job of creating a voice for the 13 yr old Hattie. I would listen to other book
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Angie
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The thing I was disappointed in with this book was Hattie's preoccupation with thoughts of getting married, as well as her rather complaining attitude. I did appreciate the way she dealt with a thief on the journey, though, as well as her Aunt's and Mother's advice when she was upset at bad things that happened - I just wish that wasn't mixed up with the other stuff.
Kate
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good at describing the troubles that occured in the Oregon Trail. This book really knows how to make kids want to read and learn about the Oregon Trail.When i read this i just knew i had to show it with my class.It was well worth reading and i would love to read it 20 more times.
Allison
Mar 25, 2016 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!
Kamren
Aug 26, 2009 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 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 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 :)
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