'Sarah Journeys West - An Oregon Trail Survival Story'
Written by Nikki Shannon Smith
112 pages Reading Level Grades 3rd - 5th
In the midst of the California Gold Rush, twelve-year-old Sarah and her family are living in the North as free Black people. Seeking a better life, Sarah's parents decide they will venture west on the Oregon Trail. On the trail, Sarah and her family face all kinds of hardship, including racism, extreme weather, difficult terrain, and disease. But the journey will be worth it if they can find fortune in California. Will Sarah and her family endure the trail and make a new life out west? Nonfiction material on the Oregon Trail, a glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts are also provided.
Nikki Shannon Smith is the author of eleven books for children. She is from Oakland, California, but she now lives in Davis, CA with her husband and two children. She has worked in elementary education for over twenty-five years, and writes everything from picture books to young adult novels.