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The Stout-Hearted Seven: Orphaned on the Oregon Trail (Sterling Point Books)
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message 1: by Abby (last edited Nov 26, 2013 03:43PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Abby (empressu) | 8 comments ...or something like that, but I remember reading it during my 8th grade history class (not sure if it is the Sandy Creek Massacre, but I do know there's gonna be a huge murder thing going on by the near end of the book). It's about this really big family during the mid 19th century that takes the Oregon trail as their route (or not? I can't really remember) but their parents died during their journey and the kids were taken in by this other family. I think the girls in the family survived but the boys didn't. I'm also pretty sure that the edition I've read for the book has a wagon as its cover.


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Tab (tabbrown) | 4873 comments How many years ago did you read it?


Abby (empressu) | 8 comments Tab wrote: "How many years ago did you read it?"
About 2 or 3 years ago, but I feel like the book itself might be a lot older, but I'm not sure.


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Toward A New Beginning by R. William Rogers? Toward A New Beginning (The Arkansas Valley #1) by R. William Rogers

Here's the book's description on Amazon:
"2003 Christy Award Winner for "Excellance In Christian Fiction."

Although Sam Bartlett enjoyed a successful horse-supplying business in Independence, Missouri, he was none-the-less envious of the hundreds of folks who passed through on their way west. Unable to stand it any longer, he convinces his wife, Judith, to pull up stakes, pack up their three-year-old son, Tom, and accompany him on a journey that turns out to be much more than either of them could have imagined.

The trek quickly develops into one of extreme hardship and survival that is further complicated by: dangerous weather, raging river crossings, unique personalities in the wagons, hostile Indian attacks, hunger, water shortage, vengeance, courage, romance, and biblical principles.

The determined travelers' abilitiy to effectively defend themselves is pushed to the very limits as One Eye's maurading warriors harrass and attack them repeatedly, with devastating results. With four of the train's beloved children having been taken captive, the inner strength of the beleagured pioneers is sorely tested and a handful of the men set out to recover the children.

After valiant attempts to rescue their children fail miserably, they are forced to return empty-handed. Against all that is held sacred, the members of the wagon train are forced to leave their children behind while they do their best to evade the heathens and continue their struggle for survival with barely enough water left to keep the animals going.

With all hope of ever seeing their children again now gone, it is the valor and ingenuity of the beautiful Comanche woman, Birsdong, that is yet to be heard from."


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Lisa (med0ra) | 439 comments Reminds me of the 7 Sager children whose parents died on the way to Oregon. They made it alone and were taken in by the Whitmans. The mission was attacked by Indians and many were killed including the Whitmans and some of the Sager children. Two of the girls lived and wrote about their experience. Catherine for sure.


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K. (aoutranc3) | 76 comments I agree, Lisa. There's a book about the Sager children called Stout-Hearted Seven. Perhaps that's the one the OP is looking for? Both versions of the covers on Goodreads have wagons on them.


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Lisa (med0ra) | 439 comments Katie wrote: "I agree, Lisa. There's a book about the Sager children called Stout-Hearted Seven. Perhaps that's the one the OP is looking for? Both versions of the covers on Goodreads have wagons on them."

I thought I would add this book to my want to read and clicked on link but it already is there! I have way too many wants that I can't remember them! LOL


Abby (empressu) | 8 comments Oh yeah, the Stout-Hearted Seven is exactly the book I was trying to find! Thank you so much, Lisa! And also thank you Kris for helping. :D


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Lisa (med0ra) | 439 comments You're welcome but all I did was remember the story, Katie did the work and found the book. My favorite version of this story is Seven Alone
Watched the movie too.


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