Duey, Kathleen and Karen A. Bale Death Valley: California, 1849 (Survivors), 152 pages. Aladdin (Simon), 2016, 1998.
Will and Jess’s father has dragged their family from their comfortable farm in Illinois to chase a dream in California. First they must survive the slow passage across hundreds of miles. Since the way north is already closed for the winter, they are following the southern route. Disagreement over their path divides the already small wagon train and Will’s family takes the near fatal route through what becomes known as Death Valley.
The Survivor series is a reprint from Duey’s early writing days. This in particular is a realistic, gritty look at the dangers of crossing the plains. I know it is harder to get students to read historical fiction right now, but the packaged series makes this an easier bet, especially with male main characters.
EL – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library teacher