Historical Fiction: Westward Movement

Recommended books for children on the westward movement.

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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.

The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
Artist/Author/Cast:
DeFelice, Cynthia C.
Call Number:
JF DeFelice
Description:

After his family dies of consumption in 1849, twelve-year-old Lucas becomes a doctor's apprentice.

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cushman, Karen
Call Number:
JF Cushman
Description:

California, who renames herself Lucy, is upset when her family moves from Massachusetts to a rough California mining town.

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.

The Gentleman Outlaw and Me--Eli
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hahn, Mary Downing
Call Number:
JF Hahn
Description:

Eliza, disguised as a boy, is searching for her missing father when she falls in with the Gentleman Outlaw.

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.

The Legend of Jimmy Spoon
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gregory, Kristiana
Call Number:
JF Gregory
Description:

Twelve-year-old Jimmy is sure that if he only had a horse, he could have great adventures.

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.

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