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The Lost Wagon

Jim Kjelgaard

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. . .Joe gripped her sides with his knees, and for a moment she pitched and twisted. Then she reared, trying to make him slide back over her tail, and when she did Joe shortened the rein so she couldn't get her head down again. She panted angrily, then obeyed the tug of the rein and started down the path toward Tenney's. Joe knew another moment of tormenting uncertainty.

He was a realist, and experience had taught him that nothing worth having came easily. Though he knew nothing about the west, he did know what wagon travel involved. At the best, it was not easy. Though he never doubted Emma's moral fiber, though he knew that once having decided to go she would spare herself nothing to make the trip possible and successful, was her physical strength equal to the hardships that they would almost certainly endure before they reached the land they wanted? Suppose baby Emma became desperately ill along the way and had only a wagon for shelter? Alfred, Carlyle and Joe were. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An easy read about a family's moving west in a covered wagon.

I loved reading about this family and their adventures and trials on the Oregon trail. I think you will enjoy this easy read. It's well written and realistic.

I actually really, really enjoyed this one and wish the series continued with the family.

A good story about hard scrabble farming. There is a good surprise in the end.

This is one of the best books I have read lately. It is wholesome, funny, entertaining, and exciting. Although it is fiction, it had the flavor of a truly plausable story. I was sorry when it ended. If you decide to read it you won't be disappointed.

Just spectacular

A spectacular historical fictional story that captures the joys and woes of trekking across the wild plains in hopes of realizing a nearly impossible dream of reaching the unsettled oregon territory.

The ending was a bit abrupt so a sequel would be most welcomed.


The slow pace at spots and the skipping over of some of the most difficult parts of the Oregon trail made it very different from most stories of the westward movement.
In the end I was pleased with that.

The first novel in my collection from many years ago. Must be why I still enjoy stories of the wagons headed west.

Despite it being supposedly an adult novel, it really read like a young adult or juvenile book to me, and I would recommend it for that age group as a nice introduction to the West, the Oregon Trail, and the consequences of that many people moving and what motivated them to. I really enjoyed it.

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