Erica Sonzogni


Outstanding, Intermediate, Oregon Trail, Westward Expansion, tragedies, new home

Document Type

Book Review


President Polk entices families to move out west and expand the nation from ocean to ocean. Joshua’s family decides to join a group that is heading to Oregon, in hopes of more land and a farm of their own. During the six month journey, Joshua experiences hardships that he was not prepared for. One of the men in the group gets run over by a wagon, babies frequently pass away after being born, and men who go hunting are shot by Native Americans. The group faces bad weather, lack of food, and dangerous terrain. After the long trek, the group finally makes it to their destination, but they do not forget the many people who did not make it along the way.