Grade 3-5-Revealing life in Missouri in 1856, Meg writes about happy excursions to an ice-cream parlor as well as a horrific scene of a slave auction. When cholera spreads through St. Louis and infects her mother and baby sister, the protagonist and her younger brother, Preston, are sent to live with relatives in the Kansas Territory. Traveling by steamship via the Mississippi and then the Missouri rivers, they finally reach their destination. A city girl, Meg learns to love the wide-open prairie and matures under the brilliant Kansas sky. She helps hide a runaway slave and nurses Preston back to health when he comes down with a dreadful fever. At the end of the brief novel, Meg's mother and sister, fully recovered, journey to Kansas; her father will soon join them and settle there. This easy-to-read book introduces issues such as slavery, gambling, and women's rights; social movements, such as the community of Neosho, KS, which was founded by vegetarians; as well as historical events, such as the violent disputes among Border Ruffians, Southern sympathizers, and those settlers who wanted Kansas to be a free state. Notes and information about the author are included. Fans of the series will not be disappointed.
Original title: As Far As I Can See: Meg's Prairie Diary, Book One
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ United States and Canada→ Pioneers/westward Movement