A Few Days' Journey

Author: Wilson, Linda Miller

Subjects: American History; Frontier Life; Girl's Adventure

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 4020

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 4020S

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In 1868, fourteen-year-old Mattie is bored with her life in the Smokey Mountains. When her aunt invites Mattie to accompany her to Texas to visit her sons and her daughter-in-law expecting her first child, Mattie seizes the opportunity. Their plan is to travel by train to Memphis, Tennessee, and from there by stagecoach across Arkansas and Indian Territory into Texas. However, by the time they reach Nashville, Aunt Martha, suffering from motion sickness and done in by the smoke and ash, decides to turn back. But Mattie cannot accept so quick an end to her adventures. Strong-willed and short on patience, she determines to continue the trip alone and reminds her aunt that it will be only a few days’ journey.

In the few days that follow, Mattie survives the harshness of stagecoach travel, is saved from a tornado by hiding in a “fraidy hole,” and is captured by a ruthless outlaw—twice! She paints vignettes of a variety of unique stagecoach passengers and joins in discussions with her fellow travelers about the news of the day, which includes Ulysses. S. Grant and the railroad west. She spends quality learning time with a caring Choctaw family, and she meets a relay station manager and a retired general. Michael Rutledge, a handsome fellow passenger, is the young man whose smile gives her flutters in her stomach.

Most of the novel’s action takes place in Indian Territory—Choctaw land. The author did research on the stagecoach routes from Fort Smith to Colbert, Oklahoma, on site, including visiting Tobbers’ Cave, Boggy Depot, and Fort Washita.

Linda Miller Wilson is the author of Summer Spy, and Mattie is Mathilde, sister of Jonathan and Nathaniel of that Civil War story.

In 1868, fourteen-year-old Mattie is bored with her life in the Smokey Mountains. When her aunt invites Mattie to accompany her to Texas to visit her sons and her daughter-in-law expecting her first child, Mattie seizes the opportunity. Their plan is to travel by train to Memphis, Tennessee, and from there by stagecoach across Arkansas and Indian Territory into Texas. However, by the time they reach Nashville, Aunt Martha, suffering from motion sickness and done in by the smoke and ash, decides to turn back. But Mattie cannot accept so quick an end to her adventures. Strong-willed and short on patience, she determines to continue the trip alone and reminds her aunt that it will be only a few days’ journey.

In the few days that follow, Mattie survives the harshness of stagecoach travel, is saved from a tornado by hiding in a “fraidy hole,” and is captured by a ruthless outlaw—twice! She paints vignettes of a variety of unique stagecoach passengers and joins in discussions with her fellow travelers about the news of the day, which includes Ulysses. S. Grant and the railroad west. She spends quality learning time with a caring Choctaw family, and she meets a relay station manager and a retired general. Michael Rutledge, a handsome fellow passenger, is the young man whose smile gives her flutters in her stomach.

Most of the novel’s action takes place in Indian Territory—Choctaw land. The author did research on the stagecoach routes from Fort Smith to Colbert, Oklahoma, on site, including visiting Tobbers’ Cave, Boggy Depot, and Fort Washita.

Linda Miller Wilson is the author of Summer Spy, and Mattie is Mathilde, sister of Jonathan and Nathaniel of that Civil War story.

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