Historical Fiction: Westward Movement

Recommended books for children on the westward movement.

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A Tale of Gold
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wyss, Thelma Hatch
Call Number:
JF Wyss
Description:

James is only 14, but when his father dies, he sets out to join the rush for gold.

Addie Across the Prairie
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lawlor, Laurie; MacDonald, Patricia (Editor); Owens, Gail (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Lawlor
Description:

Unhappy about leaving her home, Addie accompanies her family to the Dakota Territory and begins adjusting to prairie life.

All Is Well
Artist/Author/Cast:
Embry-Litchman, Kristin
Call Number:
JF Litchman
Description:

Emmy makes friends with a girl both different from and similar to herself, in this story set in Utah, 1885.

Bandit's Moon
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fleischman, Sid; Smith, Jos. A. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Fleischman
Description:

Twelve-year-old Annyrose is kidnapped by Joaquin Murieta and his band of outlaws.

Black Eyed Susan: A Novel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Armstrong, Jennifer; Martindale, Emily (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Armstrong
Description:

This novel follows a day in the life of a ten-year-old homesteader in the Dakota territory.

Caddie Woodlawn
Artist/Author/Cast:
Brink, Carol Ryrie; Hyman, Trina Schart (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Brink
Description:

Meet redheaded Caddie, a pioneer girl who loves to have adventures with her brothers.

Charlotte's Rose
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cannon, A. E.
Call Number:
JF Cannon
Description:

Twelve-year-old Charlotte, a Welsh immigrant, carries a motherless baby along the Mormon Trail in 1856.

Dragon's Gate
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yep, Laurence
Call Number:
JF/YP F Yep
Description:

Young Otter faces adventure, danger, and hardship when he joins the crew building the transcontinental railroad.

Eight Mules From Monterey
Artist/Author/Cast:
Beatty, Patricia
Call Number:
JF Beatty
Description:

Fayette, her brother, and her mother set out to establish library outposts in the mountains of California in 1916.

Facing West: A Story of the Oregon Trail
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kudlinski, Kathleen V.; Watling, James (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Kudlinski
Description:

Ben wonders if he will have more trouble with hardships on the Oregon Trail or with his asthma.

In Care of Cassie Tucker
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ruckman, Ivy
Call Number:
JF Ruckman
Description:

Cassie's life seems "as ordinary as dishwater" until her orphaned cousin comes to live on the family's farm.

Little House in the Big Woods
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wilder, Laura Ingalls; Williams, Garth (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Wilder
Description:

Four-year-old Laura lives with her pioneer family in a snug log house in the Wisconsin woods.

Mr. Tucket
Artist/Author/Cast:
Paulsen, Gary
Call Number:
JF Paulsen
Description:

The adventures of fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket begin when he is captured by Pawnee Indians.

My Daniel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Conrad, Pam
Call Number:
JF/YP F Conrad
Description:

Two children discover their family legacy when they learn of the historical quest for dinosaur bones on their Nebraska farm.

Old Town in the Green Groves
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rylant, Cynthia; LaMarche, Jim (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Rylant
Description:

Chronicles the two missing years in the life of the Wilder family from the Little House on the Prairie series.

Rodzina
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cushman, Karen
Call Number:
JF Cushman
Description:

Rodzina, big for twelve and secretly scared to death, boards an orphan train headed west.

Sarah, Plain and Tall
Artist/Author/Cast:
MacLachlan, Patricia
Call Number:
JF MacLachlan
Description:

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

Save Queen of Sheba
Artist/Author/Cast:
Moeri, Louise
Call Number:
JF Moeri
Description:

Surviving a Sioux Indian raid on the trail to Oregon, two children set out to find their fellow travelers.

Sing Down the Moon
Artist/Author/Cast:
O'Dell, Scott
Call Number:
JF/YP F O'Dell
Description:

A young Navajo girl is kidnapped and enslaved by Spaniards in 1864 and then rescued by her husband-to-be.

Stop the Train!
Artist/Author/Cast:
McCaughrean, Geraldine
Call Number:
JF McCaughrean
Description:

The settlers of Florence, Oklahoma, are determined to make their town a station stop for the railroad.

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