15-year-old Zeke is thrilled to be heading west with over eighty settlers on the famed Oregon Trail. But when their wagon train takes an ill-advised short cut, the pioneers find themselves trapped in a frozen mountain pass.
As howling winter storms rage around the Donner Party, there’s no way forward or back. Zeke is no mountain climber. He's a horseback-riding fanatic from Illinois. He's way out of his element.
Faced with starvation, Zeke must attempt to walk out of the wilderness on sheer willpower alone. Can he ever hope to make it to California? Can he ever hope to escape?
This is the 5th children's book in the I Escaped Series about brave boys and girls who face real-world challenges and find ways to escape disaster. Sure to appeal to fans of New York Times Bestseller Lauren Tarshis's I Survived Series and Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.
The short chapters make for easy wins, and Zeke's gripping situation keeps even reluctant readers turning pages just to find out what's going to happen next.
Based on actual survivor accounts, this inspirational story is exceptionally vivid, swift-paced, and stirring. The Westward Expansion is a tale of Indians and pioneers, mountains, deserts and places where the buffalo roamed, of covered wagons and horses and a new country taking shape.