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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Series: Young American Voices
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015202168X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152021689
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Marissa Moss, author of the popular Amelia's Notebook series, moves into new territory with Rachel's Journal, the story of a spirited 10-year-old pioneer girl who must leave her childhood home in Illinois and travel by covered wagon to the wilds of California. Rachel is entrusted by her grandfather to chronicle the long journey in the form of a handwritten journal. Through her journal entries, we are transported into a world of new adventures and fearsome challenges as Rachel's family and the others in their wagon train make their way along the Oregon Trail in search of a homestead in the Sacramento Valley.

Rachel is refreshingly unconventional: she dons her brother's shirt and britches when one of the oxen makes "a nice meal" of her only wool dress, learns to crack a whip, and makes friends with a young American Indian brave. Children will delight in the day-to-day accounts of life on the trail, enhanced by the notes and colorful drawings Rachel has added to the journal's margins. Based on real diaries kept by courageous pioneers between 1846 and 1868, Rachel's Journal is an excellent choice for third graders and older, and can also be successfully read aloud to younger children, who will enjoy imagining themselves as pioneering adventurers. An intimate look at a momentous journey, this book will not fail to move and inspire readers of all ages. --Aimée Damman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

In a starred review, PW called Rachel's Journal, one of two entries in the Young American Voices series now in paperback, set on the Oregon Trail in 1850 "a solidly researched and wholly captivating illustrated diary." Ages 8-12. (May)
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More About the Author

Marissa Moss has been telling stories and drawing pictures to go with them for as long as she can remember. She sent her first book to publishers when she was nine, but it wasn't very good and it never got published. She didn't try again until she was a grown-up, but since then she hasn't stopped.

The idea for the first Amelia's Notebook came from the notebook Moss kept when she was a kid. Amelia is a lot like her and the things that happen to Amelia really happened to Marissa (mostly).

Along with Amelia, Moss has created many characters and is especially drawn to history. Historical books allows her to imagine what it's like to be alive in a different place at a completely different time. And then there are the Max Disaster books which allow her to play with scientific experiments, inventions, and comic strips.

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I am using this book in my 4th grade classroom.
K. Andersen
I love this book I've read it so many times I've memorized it.
Jamie Lynn When age 14
I even e-mail the author and she e-mailed me back.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles F. Hamsa on September 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Moss brings to this book a thoroughly delightful 'hand written' format along with marginal and textual illustrations to dramatize the effect that it is the actual journal of Rachel, a young girl who records her thoughts and observations along the trail. This book should be on the shelves of any family whose proud heritage goes back to those who ventured West to take up roots in the Great American frontier of the nineteenth century. Moss draws her readers into an excitement filled, seven month journey along the famed Oregon trail. The subject has enormous appeal to a wide range of young readers, especially when we approach the years 2004 - 2006, the 200th anniversary of the famed corps of discovery, which started the Westward movement.
Such a book would be a keepsake to pass on to succeeding generations, who often times fail to completely grasp the hardships ancestors had to endure so that they could have a more comfortable life. Part of the author's extensive research included examinations of the unpublished journals collection, covering the years 1846 through 1868, forming part of the collection of Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley.
She succeeded admirably in accomplishing her goal to weave in documented episodes of travel and its dangers along the famed Oregon trail. And others will surely get the flavor of the pioneer spirit within the pages of this truly wonderful keepsake.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was quite interesting. It is a story of a young girl, Rachel who is traveling by covered wagon from Illinois to California with her family in the 1850's. She keeps a journal/scrapbook of their adventures/disasters. Her illustrations or "doodles" in this journal were very well done. They clearly defined a great deal of what life was like for any family back then and the courage that they had in order to seek what they thought was going to "better" their way of living.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By StarGymnast on February 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Just like Marissa Moss' "Amelia" books, this was a hand-written, journal-style book, with lots of pictures. It is the journal of ten-year-old Rachel, who travels with her family of pioneers from Illinois to California in search of a better place to live. In her journal, she records the trip and there are many details! It has humor thrown in, great pictures, and a nice journal format. I've enjoyed reading this book, and I can't wait to read all of Marissa Moss' other historical journals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather M. on September 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Though this book is meant to be an aid in the classroom, I found it highly enjoyable even for the casual reader. It informs while entertaining. By using the medium of a girl's diary, the author is able to show facets of pioneer life not often brought out. This book is well worth the price, both as a fun read and as a useful reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book was interesting. It was the journal and scrapbook of a ten year old girl travelling by covered wagon from Illinois to California with her parents and brothers in 1850. Rachel has many adventures on the trail and records them all in her journal. This book could have been a bit longer, but other then that it was very good. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, Emma's Journal, about a Colonial girl caught up in the Revolutionary War in Boston.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Kusenda on November 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I teach 5th grade and this book was loved by all my students. I read it during Readers Workshop to tie in our study - Life on the Plains - in Social Studies. It was great visualization because there are few pictures but bold vocabulary. It is a long book with lots of info. It took a long time to read but my kids enjoyed it and learned a lot in a fun way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I think that kids of all ages should read this book, it is really good. She draws all over the pages and makes doodles. Now that I have read this book I want to make a journal when I go on our Christmas Vacation. Also read Amelia's Notebook (it is funnier), it is by the same author Marissa Moss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the story of ten year old Rachel traveling with her family from Illinois to California. She keeps a journal that is more of a scrapbook of their adventures and disasters along the way. Rachel puts in pictures of things that she doesn't want to forget making this book all the more enjoyable. The ending is abrupt but the rest of the story puts you right there with her family.
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