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Daniel's Walk Hardcover – September 15, 2001

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From School Library Journal

Gr 6-8-When Daniel LeBlanc hears a Voice in the night warning him that his father, a widowed French trapper, is in trouble, he sets off along the Oregon Trail in search of him. It's 1844, and the 14-year-old's quest clearly conveys the extreme difficulties encountered by those who attempted to settle the American West. Daniel walks over 1000 miles, is shot at, cut with a knife, beaten, half-starved, kidnapped, and nearly sold into slavery to the Utes. He is attacked by a dangerous scar-faced man who turns out to be his uncle and who shoots Daniel's father shortly after the boy finds him. Before his death, however, his father tells Daniel that he detests the white men for their treatment of Native Americans, that he has been helping them, and that he has married an Indian woman. Daniel realizes that the West is not the barren place he has been taught in school, and returns to his aunt's Missouri farm. While the author nicely conveys the drudgery and hardship of Daniel's trip, the plot is confusing and the characters are difficult to keep straight. A concluding note states the author's intent to depict history more realistically, showing the enormous price of white settlement of the West. Too bad the story doesn't show this more clearly through the characters and their actions, rather than having the author tell readers at the end of the book.

Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 6-9. Spooner's adventure, set around 1844, has everything: danger, Native American myth, a gritty survival struggle, a little romance, comedy, and wonderful characters, all rolled into a quick-reading, high-interest, satisfying historical novel. When 14-year-old Daniel experiences an unsettling dreamlike vision informing him that his father, Etienne, a French trapper, is in trouble, Daniel sets out to find him. His plan to join a wagon train heading west seems safe enough, but he's immediately thrust into danger when he foils a vicious horse thief, who is determined to get revenge. Children will gain a new appreciation for settlers who traveled the Oregon Trail thanks to Spooner's descriptions of their hardships, so vividly rendered that readers will feel muddy and wet themselves. Daniel's eventual discovery of his father's identity won't come as a surprise, though the conclusion may catch readers unawares, as Etienne's role in helping the Indians fight the encroaching white settlers is revealed. Without becoming pedantic, Spooner gives voice to reasons why the Indians opposed the settlers. Chris Sherman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 15 years
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805067507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805067507
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,945,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(...) This is an adventure story, and on that level it works very well. In addition, the characters are diverse, rich, three-dimensional, funny, and complex. No simple formula writing here, though you can see the capture-escape-recapture-escape rhythm that you also see in the best of authors in this genre. Plus, it's a coming-of-age novel. Daniel goes off to find his father, and ends up finding himself. I'd compare it to Gary Paulsen's _Tucker_ series, or even (if you're old enough to remember) _True Grit_. Many YA readers and adult readers alike will find this book a very rewarding read.
Furthermore, this book shows a more accurate picture of the impact of white settlement in the Amer West than most of the popular YA historical fiction. There is no whitewash of the settlers, and no romantic images of the native Americans, either. Compared to some of the "Dear America" books, for example, _Daniel's Walk_ is far and away more historically accurate.
Students especially should get hold of it. (...) It's rare enough that we come across a decent story based on decent historical research.
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Daniel's mother died in childbirth when he was just a small boy. After that, his father, a fur trapper, left Daniel to be raised by relatives in Missouri. Aunt Judith believes Daniel's father is a good-for-nothing responsible for her sister's death. She and her husband discourage Daniel from ever searching for his father. But a mysterious voice in the night warns Daniel that his father is in danger. Determined to save him, he sets out to cross the country and find his father in the Rocky Mountains. Daniel joins up with a wagon train and meets a headstrong girl named Rosalie as well as a horse thief determined to kill him. But even if Daniel survives the dangers of the overland journey, can he escape the horse thief's vengeance and find his father before it's too late? This was an exciting historical novel with a new perspective on the Oregon Trail.
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The scene: 1844, Caldwell, Colorado, high in the Rocky Mountains. Fourteen-year-old Daniel LeBlanc lives with his aunt and uncle while his father is out hunting and fishing. Daniel's father is a Mountain Man, an experienced trapper who knows the mountains, forests, and streams like he knows the back of his hand. Then one day he disappears! No one can find any trace of him.

Daniel is, understandably, hit hard by the loss of his father. He swears that he is hearing a voice --- a voice that is telling him frightening things about his father. He's also having severe dreams at night. Frightened by these hallucinations and omens, Daniel goes out to search for his father. Daniel has many escapades and adventures. One particular stormy night, Daniel sees a scar-faced man stealing horses. The thief sees Daniel, too, and Daniel barely escapes being shot. In fear, he joins a wagon train heading west. After many long months and many obstacles, Daniel finally finds his father. How does Daniel come to understand that he and his father aren't the only ones in danger? Read this book to find out!

I like to learn about the lives of people in America's past, so I thought this book was really informative and awesome. I also liked this book because it was exciting and full of adventure and action, and I never knew what was going to happen next! If you want an exciting book to read then read this book!

--- Reviewed by Ashley, age 13, Book Boss
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