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Sallie Fox: The Story of a Pioneer Girl
by Dorothy Kupcha Leland
In 1858, twelve-year-old Sallie and her family leave Iowa by wagon train. They follow the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico, and then head west across the desert. Suddenly, Indians attack the pioneers, driving off the cattle and oxen. 100 people--many sick and injured--are stranded in the searing summer heat. Sallie herself hovers near death. Yet, through grit, determination, and luck, Sallie and the others overcome the incredible odds against them. They survive and eventually reach California.

This lightly fictionalized account of a true story is drawn from a diary, memoirs, letters and many other historical sources. Its child's-eye view of life on a wagon train interweaves information about the Santa Fe Trail and Arizona’s Beale Wagon Road. Most of all, it tells the heartwarming story of a plucky pioneer girl who learns that through courage and the love of her family, she can overcome any adversity.

Paper, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2”, 128 pp. ISBN 0-9617357-6-7   $9.95.
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"An exciting, well-paced story..."
School Library Journal
"For young people intrigued by history and adventure, this is quite a read!"
The New Mexican, Santa Fe, New Mexico
"A vivid picture of the excitements, hardships, and dangers faced by children traveling the great overland trails a century and a half ago...a well-written book that both informs and entertains."
Marc Simmons, Ph.D
Historian Past-President., Santa Fe Trail Assn.
"Woven into this story of heroism and survival are the everyday details of life on the trail that will make this tale come alive for the children who read it."
The Daily Democrat, Woodland, California
"This extraordinary author has done her research well through diaries, memoirs, and letters to keep the story authentic while sensitively taking you full-tilt into the life of this real pioneer girl."
News from the Plains, the Oregon-California Trail Assn.
"...a heart-pounding saga of a 12-year-old girl's journey west in a covered wagon...Leland has a knack for relating history from a child's point of view."
Sacramento Bee