The Story of a Pioneer Girl
Dorothy Kupcha Leland, Illustrations by Diane Wilde
In 1858, twelve-year-old Sallie Fox and her family leave Iowa in a wagon train, dreaming of California. They follow the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico, and then strike out due west across the bleak desert. Suddenly Indians attack the pioneers, driving off their cattle and oxen. One hundred people—many sick and injured—become stranded in the searing summer heat, five hundred miles from civilization. Yet, through grit, determination and luck, Sallie and the others survive to reach California, though not without paying a heavy price.
This lightly fictionalized account of a true story, drawn from diaries, memoirs, letters, and many other historical sources, offers a child’s-eye view of life on the Santa Fe Trail and Arizona’s Beale Wagon Road. Most of all, it tells the heartwarming story of a plucky pioneer girl who learns that through courage and the love of her family, she can overcome any adversity.
“An exciting, well-paced story...”
~School Library Journal
128 pages, 5-3/8" x 8-3/8", full-color cover, map, 5 photographs, 15 illustrations, 1995.Published by Tomato Enterprises. ISBN 0-9617357-6-7 trade paper
“...a heart-pounding saga of a 12-year-old girl’s journey west in a covered wagon . . . Leland has a knack for relating history from a child’s point of view.”
“This extraordinary author has done her research well through diaries, memoirs and letters to keep the story authentic while sensitively taking you full-tilt in the life of this real pioneer girl.” ~News from the Plains, Journal of the Oregon-California Trail Association