for Dear Levi by Elvira Woodruff and Beth Peck
In 1851, 12-year-old Austin Ives joins a wagon train headed for California. As he makes his way across the country, Austin writes home to his brother Levi, describing the rugged Overland Trail. Extensively researched, with episodes based on true incidents, the epistolary format and character development offer solid reading (Booklist).
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