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The Pioneers Go West (Landmark Books) Paperback – June 12, 1987


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Seventeen-year-old Moses Schallenberger wanted to go to California. In 1844, he joined a wagon train to do just that. There was only one problem: Nobody had ever made it to California by wagon before. For a year, he and
50 others struggled through high mountain passes and across wide rushing rivers, enduring dangerous encounters with Indians and buffalo, inclement weather, difficult terrain, near-starvation and disaster.Ultimately, Moses and his friends succeeded?becoming the first pioneers to cross the Sierra Nevadas by wagon. Today, the trail they blazed is a major route into California.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Series: Landmark Books
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (June 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394891805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394891804
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have used The Pioneers Go West as a literature set in my 5th grade classroom for two years now and will continue to do so. The students like the realism and adventure of the story. It was also a good supplement to our study of the Westward Movement. I recommend it to any teacher or student of history!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smbATL on February 16, 2012
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We loved reading this book as a family to our son when he was 8, and we have given it to other families as their sons approach that age. It is also great for girls, but the concept of young men having to fend for themselves is worthwhile. One can never see the Truckee River the same way, or regard the geology of the Sierra Nevada as such an impediment to crossing the continent. This wagon train was the first to blaze the trail, and was followed two years later by the unfortunate Donner Party. One can understand how difficult the trail was and how stoically courageous the pioneers were.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on September 18, 2009
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We love this book. My daughter needed it for a class at school, but it is a great book for the whole family.
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