The Long Way Westward

The Long Way Westward

By Joan Sandin

Pages: 63

Scholastic Reading Level: 2.9


Second in a series, this story is about a Swedish boy and his family as they travel from New York to Minnesota in the late 1860’s.

Marie’s Review:

I really liked this book. It’s short, sweet and very age level appropriate. It also packs a punch in terms of historical content. The illustrations and story line give the reader a vivid picture of what it was like to travel west as an immigrant.  There is also an author’s note in the back explaining the historical basis for the story, which I found very interesting.

Lainey’s Review:  I actually liked it. I liked the part where the boys get to ride on a steamboat on the river.

Christian Friendly:  Yes

Sensitive Readers:  Green Light 

The boys are yelled at for accidentally getting on the wrong train car, but we didn’t think there was anything in here to upset sensitive readers.

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