West Against the Wind

West Against the Wind Fourteen year old Abby seeks both her father and the secret of a handsome but mysterious boy during an arduous journey by wagon train from the middle of the country to the Pacific coast in

  • Title: West Against the Wind
  • Author: Liza Ketchum Murrow
  • ISBN: 9780823406685
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fourteen year old Abby seeks both her father and the secret of a handsome but mysterious boy during an arduous journey by wagon train from the middle of the country to the Pacific coast in 1850.

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    1. This is one of those books I read over and over and over again when I was in my late single and early double digit years. As a future history degree holder, I was captivated by the story of a family facing the hardships of the move west. I loved the innocent romance between characters, and the drama of Abigail, the protagonist, having to move outside her comfort zone in many ways - from the difficulty of life on the move, to needing to help her sister-in-law give birth. This book is perfectly sa [...]

    2. A solid coming-of-age novel in which our heroine joins America's western migration in an attempt to find her father. According to my reading journals, I first read this book a decade ago. It must have made an impact, because once I got started, I remembered specific events and scenes clearly. Although there aren't any truly standout areas, the plotting, characterizations, dialogue, and development are all well-done. This is a good read.

    3. This is a Young Adult novel, and really I can see it having more appeal to young girls pre-teen to maybe 14. It gave a good sense of what it might have been like to travel west during the gold rush, and what life might have been like on the trail. The prose was good enough to keep me reading to the end, but some of the descriptions were a little off and the plot was pretty predictable. Still, I enjoyed the characters and as a debut novel, Murrow did a pretty good job.

    4. This book reminded me of another favorite book of mine, The Singing Boones. However, there was a little bit more fighting and less camaraderie in it. It is likely much more accurate, but included slight references to how they might treat a single young women on their own during the gold rush. Pregnancy was not supposed to be mentioned, but it seemed death was around the corner at every turn. This would be a good book to read for a high schooler, studying the Western expansion and the Gold Rush.

    5. This is another older book found on my shelves that I reread. I actually enjoyed it though if I had any desire to travel west in a covered wagon, it's definitely gone. There's a sequel, Fire in the Heart, so if you liked this one, check out the sequel.

    6. This is another older book found on my shelves that I reread. I actually enjoyed it though if I had any desire to travel west in a covered wagon, it's definitely gone. There's a sequel, Fire in the Heart, so if you liked this one, check out the sequel.

    7. I remember reading this book in middle school and loving it. Wanted to revisit it. Pretty good YA novel of a family's trip west during the Gold Rush. Grim occasionally, but realistic.

    8. The book was great, but I feel like the ending could have been better. The way Liza left it was not that great, and she could have gone on for a few more pages.

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