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Title:
All the stars in the sky : the Santa Fe trail diary of Florrie Mack Ryder
Author:
McDonald, Megan.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 2003.
Physical Description:
188 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
Summary:
A girl's diary records the year 1848 during which she, her brother, mother, and stepfather traveled the Santa Fe trail from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
840 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 5.0 70045.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.5 10 Quiz: 33917 Guided reading level: V.
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ISBN:
9780439169639
Format :
Book

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Summary

Florrie finds the adventure of a lifetime along the Santa Fe Trail, meeting new challenges and dangers, after her mother decides to move her family from Missouri to New Mexico.

Starting their journey from their home in Missouri, Florrie Ryder and her family are headed towards the promise of a new life in Santa Fe. As they cross the Great Plains of the midwestern prairie, fording rivers and climbing mountains, the Ryders encounter endless hardship as they undertake this great adventure.


Author Notes

Megan McDonald was born February 28, 1959, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew up in the 1960s the youngest of five girls - which later became the inspiration of the Sister's Club. She attended Oberlin College and received a B.A. in English, then she went on to receive a Library Science degree at Pittsburgh University in 1986. Before becoming a full-time writer, McDonald had a variety of jobs working in libraries, bookstores, museums, and even as a park ranger.She was children's librarian, working at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Minneapolis Public Library and Adams Memorial Library in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She has received various awards for her storytelling including a Judy Blume Contemporary Fiction Award, a Children's Choice Book award, and a Keystone State Award among others. McDonald has also written many picture books for younger children and continues to write. Her most recent work was the "Julie Albright" series of books for the American public. She currently resides in Sebastopol, California with her husband and pets.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Florrie, 12; her pregnant mother; a younger, sometimes troublesome brother; and Mr. Ryder, her new stepfather, set out in 1848 from Arrow Rock, MO, on an arduous journey of several months to Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory. Florrie's diary entries believably record her varied experiences-from mired-down and broken wagons and standoffs with badgers to the death of a friend in the wagon train. Children will identify with the girl's sadness as she leaves her best friend and rejoice as she finds new acquaintances along the seemingly endless trip. The writing is excellent, developing a compelling narrative and revealing the character of Florrie and the people she describes. As with a real diary, some entries are short, others more detailed, and there are gaps of time between them. The concluding "Historical Note" includes photographs, a map, and other information to place the story more firmly in the context of its time. A solid purchase for most collections, especially those with avid "Dear America" readers.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.