View Full Version : On To Oregon -- book recommendation

Paige P
07-29-2009, 09:18 AM
I have to share this book with you :) It's a Living History book (aka historical faction) for kids and was one of my absolute favorites growing up. I must have checked it out of the library a dozen times :) It's based on the true story of the Sager family who set out on the Oregon Trail. Mom and Dad die and leave SEVEN children behind. John, the oldest at 13, is an irresponsible, self-consumed brat who realizes the error of his ways. Good-meaning settlers intend to separate the family, but John respects his parents' wishes of keeping the familiy together, so they run away and walk 1000 miles to Oregon :eek: It's an incredible tale!!!! I ordered a copy from hslibrarybuilder the other day and re-read most of it last night. It's riveting!!!

Anyway, this book typically sells for $40 :crazy: Amazon had it the other day for $20, and today it's $11. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0688104940/ref=s9_simz_gw_s4_p14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1M6QCRW3S76Z6J1XACTW&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846#

hslibrarybuilder has it for $4.90 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0688104940/ref=s9_simz_gw_s4_p14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1M6QCRW3S76Z6J1XACTW&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846# (there are only 4 copies)

If you order from www.hslibrarybuilder.com and don't have a membership yet, would you please reference me -- pppoland is my username there. You get credit towards free books for money spent and people you refer ;)

I cannot recommend this book enough :)

07-29-2009, 09:45 AM
Did you ever see the movie based on this story? It's called Seven Alone. It's a little slow, but my kids like it.

Paige P
07-29-2009, 09:50 AM
Did you ever see the movie based on this story? It's called Seven Alone. It's a little slow, but my kids like it.

Hope, I found it at the Dollar Store for ONE DOLLAR a year or so ago :clap:

Our family, along with a couple of other hs families, intend to participate in the Westward Ho adventure in January, so we're going to spend the month studying Pioneer life, rowing Warm as Wool, reading go-along chapter books, doing crafts, etc. I finally found this book at a reasonable price and can't wait to read it to my kids :) Once we've read it, I'll let them watch the movie ;)

07-29-2009, 09:53 AM
Sounds wonderful, Paige. :hi:

07-29-2009, 09:36 PM
Or you can purchase it on eBay now for $154.55!! Free shipping!! :roflol:

Julie Y
07-29-2009, 09:43 PM
I love that book. :thumb:

Tricia O
07-29-2009, 11:06 PM
We recently read a book (not the one you read) from our library about these children, but after some research, found that much of the version of the story we read wasn't really true. Here are some things I read recently, in case you are interested:




Paige P
07-30-2009, 07:25 AM
Tricia, thanks for those links. They are fascinating. I'll print some of them out in for our study this winter.

BTW, this book is NOT a "true" account based on the links you provided. I guess that's why it's Historical "Faction" (Fiction based on fact) ;) It's still a great read and shows what life was like on the trail, etc.

Tricia O
07-30-2009, 09:58 AM
We figured that it was written that way to make it more interesting & more likely to be read. ;)

Joy in Alabama
07-30-2009, 02:16 PM
Were the "lesson plans" I sent you helpful at all? Do I need to send you anything else? There's a lot more stuff on my blog.....


07-30-2009, 05:37 PM
Yes, that story is well known in these parts where we can drive literally minutes and stand next to wagon ruts still formed in the ground.

There is a diary by Narcissa Whitman that is just amazing to read as well. I don't recommend it for the kids, but it's all true.

You can read it here for free: