Adventure on the Wilderness Road, 1775
"Everyone warns of Indian ambushes as
Elizabeth Poage, her mother, father, and four brothers and sisters
begin the dangerous trip westward by foot and packhorse to Daniel
Boone's new settlement in Kentucky. But the only thing bothering
eleven-year-old Elizabeth is her bratty younger sister, Martha. -- Pa's
"Things start looking up when another
family with girls Elizabeth's age joins the caravan. Elizabeth, the
only one who can read and write, entrances the newcomers by reading
aloud from her precious copy of Gullivar's Travels. All the children -- even Martha -- crowd around to listen to the fantastic tale.
"Inspired, Elizabeth records the remarkable
events of her own journey: the harsh climb over mountains, across
rivers and through hostile Indian territory, the near-death of her baby
sister, and the family's terrifying encounter with the Indians,.
Elizabeth believes she's ready for anything -- until Martha disappears.
Then, without thinking, she races into the savage wilderness to find
the sister she tried not to love...." -- Quoted from the book jacket
for the Minstrel® edition.
Reviews and Comments
"The novel has a fresh story line that involves the earliest pioneers
who opened the West on Daniel Boone's Wilderness Road. Readers will
devour the Poage girls' adventures. This book presents a historically
accurate setting and helps youngsters of today better relate to those
of yesterday...." -- School Library Journal