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The Quilt Walk
by Sandra Dallas


Overview - It's 1863 and 10-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett has been
told by her father that, come spring, their family will
leave their farm, family, and friends in Quincy, Illinois,
and travel the Overland Trail to a new home in Golden,
Colorado. Emmy has mixed feelings about going.
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Overview
It's 1863 and 10-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett has been
told by her father that, come spring, their family will
leave their farm, family, and friends in Quincy, Illinois,
and travel the Overland Trail to a new home in Golden,
Colorado. Emmy has mixed feelings about going.
"Part of me was like Pa, wanting the excitement of going
to a new place where we might be rich. But the other part
wanted to stay in Quincy with my friends and grandparents,
with everything I knew, where I would be safe."
It's difficult leaving family and friends behind. They might
not see one another ever again. When her grandmother
comes to say goodbye, she gives Emmy a special gift,
something to keep her occupied on the trip.
The journey by wagon train is long and full of hardships.
But the Hatchetts persevere and reach their destination
in Colorado, ready to start their new life.
Based on an incident in Colorado history, Sandra Dallas
crafts a spellbinding story for young readers.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781585368006
  • ISBN-10: 1585368008
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publish Date: September 2012
  • Page Count: 213
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 19th Century

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-08-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

Adult author Dallas brings her historical fiction skills to a new audience with the story of 10-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett, as she journeys with her family from their comfortable Illinois farm to the unknown world of the Colorado Territory. A reluctant seamstress, Emmy Blue is excited to leave the life where she is "expected to act like a young lady, to sit and quilt... and to practice my embroidery," to confront the Wild West. But during months of walking beside the oxen with the women and children of the wagon train—witnessing accidents, death, and birth at close hand—Emmy Blue develops a fulfilling facility in quilting and a deep appreciation for the significance of the craft. The structure of a journey with an end in sight creates an effective rhythm, punctuated by the dangers and dramas wrought by natives, rattlesnakes, and the relationships within the diverse group of travelers. Based on a true account of an 1864 wagon-train trip, Dallas's story delivers a satisfying child's-eye view of America's westward expansion. Ages 9–up. Agent: Danielle Egan-Miller, Browne & Miller Literary Associates. (Sept.)

 
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