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Rescue on the Oregon Trail

(Ranger in Time #1)

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Meet Ranger! He's a time-traveling golden retriever who has a nose for trouble . . . and always saves the day!

Ranger has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog, but can't officially pass the test because he's always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he mee
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2015)
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Virginia

First off, let me say my rating is probably closer to 3 1/2 stars-- this book has a lot going for it. Kate Messner's first book in the Ranger in Time Series, Rescue on the Oregon Trail, introduces us to Ranger-- a dog trained for search and rescue work who can't quite pass the tests required to become an "official" SAR dog (because he gets distracted chasing squirrels). Early in the book, Ranger is digging in his yard when he digs up an old metal first aid kit. When the kit's strap passes over h

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Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great series to introduce young readers to not only chapter books, but also to historical fiction. Who doesn't love a story about a dog who rescues people? Not me. If a book has a dog in it, then I want to read it. It's also one of our OBOB selections (Oregon Battle of the Books) for grades 3-5 this year. My adult kid's book group (adults who read kid's books, made up of teachers and librarians) chose it as one of our books to read this month. I was only going to read this first book in the se ...more
Michele Knott
This is a fantastic new series for young historical fiction readers. I am really excited to share this series!
Emily Traasdahl
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books in the series.
Emma
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love how I can pronounce every word. It would be a good read-out-loud book. I love Ranger. He's such a charmer. I'm so happy Ranger found his way home. The leason in this book is one everyone should know. I like that there's some pictures in the book. It helps the reader understand whats going on. It's all about family and love. That's something everyone should know.
Annette
RESCUE ON THE OREGON TRAIL by Kate Messner is the first book in the newly released, action-packed historical fiction series titled RANGER IN TIME. Ranger the rescue dog is sure to be a hit with young readers.

Ranger is a time-traveling golden retriever. Trained as a search-and-rescue dog, he is transported back in time to the year 1850 to help the Abbott family on their journey west along the Oregon Trail.

The authentic historical details mixed with the fast-paced story make this an excellent bo
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Lori Redman
Ranger is a dog living a normal life with his owner, Luke, in present day. But one day while digging in the garden in his backyard, Ranger finds a mysterious old metal First Aid kid. When Ranger picks it up, it begins to hum- and suddenly, Ranger finds himself in a different time and place. Ranger finds himself walking with the Abbott family- they are taking a wagon train west on the Oregon Trail. Along the trail, the Abbott family encounter many different dangers- stampedes, rattlesnacks, illne ...more
Martha
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Using search-and-rescue dog Ranger as the main character of this Mormon families' journey out west in the mid 1800's, immediately captures the interest of young readers. The adorable dog on the front cover will lure them into selecting this historical fiction story. Kate Messner writes an exciting beautifully researched tale of a dog who time travels from his present day owner Luke back to 1850, mysteriously transported through a first aid kit the dog digs up. Full of action and suspense,for exa ...more
Yapha
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Ranger, a squirrel-chasing golden retriever, digs up an old-fashioned first aid kit in his family's garden, he is transported back in time to Independence, Missouri (the start of the Oregon Trail) in 1850. Sam's younger sister Amelia has disappeared and Ranger's search-and-rescue training kicks in. He finds Amelia and then joins Sam and his family on their journey along the Oregon Trail. This is a fantastic time-travel adventure with a solid historical fiction component for young readers. I ...more
The Styling Librarian
Ranger in Time #1: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner – Historical Fiction/Time Travel – 3rd grade and up – Excellent historical fiction/adventure book with a time traveling dog. Enjoyed reading from a dog’s perspective about the adventure and also follow a family on their journey along the Oregon trail. There certainly was heartbreak and challenges thoughout. Fantastic book to read aloud in class. Know it will be appreciated by those who teach about the Oregon Trail, love reading about ...more
Lorna
I am so excited about this book, the premier title in a new historical fiction, early chapter book series packed with the adventures of a time traveling golden retriever. Ranger finds himself traveling from present day to the 1850s where he becomes a companion to a family traveling by covered wagon to Oregon. Like her other books, this is well researched and the story clips along at a pace that will keep readers flipping the pages for more. I'm happy to hear that book 2 will follow shortly. A gr ...more
Aliza Werner
Once again, Kate Messner creates an action packed adventure sure to dazzle middle grade readers. A time traveling almost-rescue golden retriever travels the Oregon Trail with a family heading west as they encounter the challenges real-life pioneers experienced in the mid-1800s. Well researched, well paced, and an engaging historical fiction read for children. Included in the end papers are explanations of the author's choices of characters and plot lines, as well as, how she researched in order ...more
Paula
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great little escape back in history. Kate Messner does her research and writes thoroughly engaging stories. Fans of The Magic Tree House series will definitely want to follow Ranger on his travels, too. Ranger is a trained rescue dog who is transported back in time to a family about to begin their journey on the Oregon Trail. We get to join them on this journey and "live" the difficult and often tragic experiences. Of course, Ranger gets to use some of his training to help young Sam Abbott and ...more
Allison
So grateful to Kate Messner for this 1st book in the series. It fills that gap between beginning reader/chapter books, like Henry and Mudge, and more mature middle grade chapter books. The plot is engaging enough to hold readers' attention and fulfill their love of adventure, and yet the book is age-appropriate for third, fourth, and fifth graders.

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Laura
This series will be a great follow-up to The Magic Treehouse series. Ranger, a golden retriever, finds an old first aid kit buried in his backyard. The kit magically transports him to the 1800s. He meets up with a family beginning their way west on the Oregon Trail. Ranger must find a way to help this family and find a way back to his present day owner!
Aaron
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great early chapter book. I really liked the historical details that Kate Messner includes. The voice of the dog was really great too. It's probably never a bad idea to start your book with bacon, and that is here as well.
Theresa Grissom
Good historical fiction about the Oregon Trail. I enjoyed the author's note at the end with more non fic info on the subject. Will recommend this as a read aloud to the 3rd and 4th grade teachers at the school.
Amy
This is a great chapter book for children starting to read longer chapter books. Would be great for 3rd graders (and probably 2nd - 4th). Love the historical aspect and the dog component will keep the kids interested! Reading this for 3rd - 5th grade book club in the summer.
Lesley Burnap
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I heartily agree that fans of Magic Tree House & A-Z Mysteries will enjoy this new series! I thought the addition of the research process and further reading would add to the excitement for engaged readers. I enjoyed learning about search and rescue dogs, too.
Kristine
Owen and I read this one together and both agree that we were expecting a little more out of it. The end was definitely better than the beginning, but it was a little predictable and I don't love when every chapter ends on a cliffhanger.
Anna Zbacnik
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read with the 6 year old. Great intro to the Oregon Trail. Chapters left us wanting to read more each day-- we never stopped when I to him it was going to be our last chapter for the night. Enjoyable.
Kristen
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A cute, simple story for younger readers. It reminds me of the I Survived books--fictional character in a non-fiction setting--but with a time-travelling dog as the narrator. I'm assuming he will visit many past events as the series develops, which is a fun idea.
Debra
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Adventure plus a dog equals a book that elementary students are going to love. I can't wait to get this one in the hands of my third graders.
Stacey
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved this book. A great exciting adventure for those students in 2nd & 3rd Grade. Can't wait for the next one!
Franki Sibberson
A good series for transitional readers. Kids will understand concept and they'll like the historical fiction.
Mary Ann
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great start to a new series. Big kid appeal. Similar to Magic Tree House, both in reading level and traveling back in time.
Mary Lee
My students are going to LOVE this series!!
Dawn Little
Loved the first title in this new series. Can't wait to meet up with Ranger in Rome next.
Jill
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kate Messner nails it again in this time-travel story told from the point of view of a search and rescue dog. Readers will experience the joys and sorrows of traveling on a wagon train with Ranger.
Eric
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Say hello to Ranger, a golden retriever who is supposed to be a search-and-rescue dog. The sad thing is that he can’t officially pass the test because he always chases squirrels, and nobody can stop him. After chasing squirrels, Ranger finds a mysterious old first aid kit in the garden, and is transported to the Oregon trail in the year of 1850. Shortly after his arrival, he meets a boy named Sam Abbott. Sam’s family is going west of the Oregon Trail, which is full of lurking dangers. Now it’s ...more
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Kate Messner is an award-winning author, TED 2012 speaker, and former middle school English teacher. Her books for kids include THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.,SUGAR AND ICE, and EYE OF THE STORM (Walker/Bloomsbury Dec. 2010) the MARTY MCGUIRE series (Scholastic), SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY, and OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW (Chronicle, Books). Kate also wrote SPITFIRE and CHAMPLAIN AND THE SILENT ONE, bot ...more

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