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Rescue on the Oregon Trail

(Ranger in Time #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,675 ratings  ·  284 reviews
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
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2015)
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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

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. ...more
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
Melanie Dulaney
A dog who travels through time and saves people--what child could ask for more? Messner is a gifted writer for mid to upper elementary readers and has written several books that I recommend highly to my library patrons. This one is a light, easy read for grades 3-6 and will leave them feeling satisfied and likely to reach for additional books in the series, which does not have to be read in order. Social studies teachers will appreciate the historical backdrop and accurate depiction of the time ...more
Michele Knott
This is a fantastic new series for young historical fiction readers. I am really excited to share this series!
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I really enjoyed this book! I love dogs and historical fiction, so this series immediately appealed to me. Kate Messner really captured the dog's thoughts and behaviors in a believable way. Any dog parent can probably tell you how much canines adore bacon, so Ranger's constant excitement over that particular food seemed spot-on to me. His thoughts on how to get his human companion up and adventuring again also reminded me of my own dog: "Ranger did not want to take a break. He thumped his paws o ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya

god it's so cute

Okay okay, seriously: this is an adorable middle-grade book about a search n' rescue dog named Ranger who gets a magic first aid kit that sends him back in time. This time he goes to the Oregon Trail and spends most of the book helping a family survive the trail.

He's written as a dog - he wants food, he wants family, he wants to sleep. And here's why it's got three stars instead of five: while it's adorable and has great artwork, it's very light. And I'm not the target a
Christine Salek
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Ranger understood sad. He remembered when Luke and Sadie's grandmother had died, and everyone cried. He understood there wasn't much you could do about sad. But snuggling sometimes helped a little, so that’s what Ranger did."

Love this relatable text. But my questions about time travel in this universe are unanswered — don't want to spoil by quoting it, but the last sentence calls my assumption that it is linear into question. Ranger seems to be traveling back in time from the same home base (in
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
I think this is a super cute entry-level chapter book. The plot is fast-moving but not insipid, the pictures are cute and the storyline is engaging. A time-traveling Golden Retriever! What more can you want? And most importantly- the dog doesn't die- and added bonus since so much of children's literature seems to always throw in animal death. So perfect for even sensitive readers. ...more
Really enjoyed reading this to my kids! It’s like a mix of Magic Tree House and the I Survived series. Great historical content in an adventurous dog rescuer story line - what’s not to love!?! Looking forward to reading more of this series.
Emily Traasdahl
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books in the series.
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Read with one of my reading groups
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read aloud for patrons to listen to as a virtual program during COVID-19. Really enjoyed it and feedback from the kids was that the did as well!
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great books for imagination ☺️ Suggested to read even if you are an adult 🙂
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A quick historical fiction/ time-travel book. Great read for kids around 8-12 years old.
Lisa Welch
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another book that I liked, but I know that a certain group of students I am currently working with will love. Similar to the Time Dogs series, this one involves a Time Traveling Dog that explores different historical events.
Taylor Crane
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has a great lesson for kids. It's about love and family and Ranger's journey making it back home. I love books about animals, this one promotes imagination with a real storyline. It's more of a book for adolescents but I think young adults would enjoy it too. I highly recommend! ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fun way to teach kids about the trials and tribulations of Oregon Trail.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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!
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.
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.
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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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