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The past and present meet on the Oregon Trail when two girls travel the same trail with the same lap desk 152 years apart. Kenyon is traveling in 2002 from Pittsburgh to Salem, OR. Her mother is pregnant and staying behind to close escrow on the house and then flying west to join the family. Kenyon; her 5 year old sister, Melissa and her father are in a Dodge Caravan, withThe past and present meet on the Oregon Trail when two girls travel the same trail with the same lap desk 152 years apart. Kenyon is traveling in 2002 from Pittsburgh to Salem, OR. Her mother is pregnant and staying behind to close escrow on the house and then flying west to join the family. Kenyon; her 5 year old sister, Melissa and her father are in a Dodge Caravan, with a trailer hitch. Her Grandfather has given her a plain, black polished ebony wooden lap desk lined with a scented wood that still smells faintly of cedar. The box is filled with thick, creamy paper, envelopes, a calling card, a hand mirror, pens and pencils and a small Swiss army knife, postage and an electronic address book. Her Grandfather is not moving with them but plans have been made for him to fly out in December for a visit. Kenyon strongly resents being expected to entertain Melissa at the motels in the evenings. Her father has decided to take the long way and show his girls some of the wonders of this country and Melissa is excited but Kenyon is determined to not have any fun. Traveling in 1850, Della, age 15, has already traveled from Northern Illinois to St. Louis, then a week by steamboat on the Missouri river. She stopped in Independence, MO to prepare for the journey and meet with the wagon train. She left behind her 60 year old grandmother who feels too old to attempt the trip, but who gave her a gift of a wooden lap desk. The desk is filled with paper, a small mirror, wooden handled pens with steel nibs, a metal letter opener, hair pins and a small sewing kit. Her younger brother, Orville, her father, and her pregnant mother are traveling with her. She has been asked to teach the younger children around the campfire in the evenings. What happens when they open the desk to see the other girls journal?...

Title : Double Time: On The Oregon Trail
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ISBN : 9781478160922
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 280 Pages
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Double Time: On The Oregon Trail Reviews

  • Lubna
    2019-01-24 10:14

    I did not know of the historical importance of the Oregon Trial till I read this book. After all, US history is not something that we in India have learnt in school. Stories about pioneers and new discoveries have always enthralled me and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.Here, Kenyon is heading for Oregon with her father and kid sister Melissa. Her father's biggest worry is keeping them entertained on this trip. With Kenyon is a gift from her grandfather, a wooden lap desk, made of cedar. He found it in a garage sale and thoughtfully also provided Kenyon with a journal in which to pen her journey and other relevant stuff - including a calling card. He will remain in touch with Kenyon always and this makes her more amenable to the idea of moving away from her friends into a new home in Oregon. Likewise, Della is part of the historic Oregon trial. She, her kid sister, her pregnant mother and her father are part of a caravan which is painfully marching ahead along this trial. Her father's worry is providing for his family's safety. Della's precious possession is her journal which she stores in a cedar lap desk given to her by her grandmother who has not undertaken this journey. Between helping the other women wash clothes, prepare meals, looking after her kid brother and scores of other children whom she teachers and her mother, Della steals time to pen her thoughts. There is time travel involved. But it is the contents of this cedar lap desk that travel across time. So Kenyon is amazed to see Della's journal one day on sliding open her lap desk and Della is equally shocked not just to see Kenyon's journal but also stranger things like a calling card. Periodically, the girls find each other's belongings and they learn to communicate via notes sent through the lap desk or jotted down in their own journal, hoping the other girl will read it. Kenyon is able to warn Della to avoid cholera by boiling water and suggests that her family periodically washes their hands. She saves Della's mother's life by insisting that mercury - which then was used as a medicine is now rat poison. One fine day, Della snaps and doesn't want to communicate with Kenyon anymore. She realises that Kenyon is a native Indian - native Indians are ferocious and often a threat to travelling pioneers. However, it is the native Indian's who manage to help the new born baby, as an Indian nursing mother not only feeds him but also nurses Della's mother back to health. Even as the girls lived more than hundred years apart, they learn a lot from each other and also from the journey. They learn the meaning of true acceptance. It is a beautiful book and I enjoyed reading it. School children will have a lot to learn from it and will love the story. While the book is based on American history, it teaches a lot more and any school kid anywhere in the world will enjoy this book. You can find the author interview on my blog:

  • Harini Srinivasan
    2019-02-06 08:54

    Travel and time travel, wow! When Dixie and I agreed to swap e-copies of our books because we have similar interests as writers and readers, I didn't know what I was letting myself in for. Didn't bother to read the blurb, either, but just plunged right in, and boy was I surprised! The book begins slowly and unspectacularly. A normal teen sulking because her family was moving to a new place she didn't want to go to, squabbling with a younger sister that she didn't want to watch on the long car trip. Kenyon has an old desk, given her by her beloved grandfather, whom also they have left behind; and in it she keeps her journal, a record of her grievances. Little does she (or we) suspect that the desk has a secret. Suddenly she finds in it, not her own familiar things, but the journal and pathetic treasures of another girl, Della, whose family undertook the same journey in a covered wagon in 1850! The two stories run parallelly and the two girls learn much from each other. The lessons in sharing, helping one another, being cheerful in the face of adversity and embracing different cultures are an organic part of the story and will definitely give young readers much to think about and absorb. I could not help comparing this book with those of Sharon Creech, some of which I read very recently. Creech has similar teenage protagonists and some, like Kenyon and Melissa, are part-Indian (American Indian, not Indian Indian); and travelling across America is one of her main themes too. But there the similarity ends. Creech's books are slick and beautifully finished. But to my mind, Dixie Goode's writing is much more honest and real. She doesn't play to the gallery, but really gets into the skin of her characters. It brought back to me all the old childhood favourites, especially the Little House books. I am enjoying "Duffy Barkley is Not a Dog" and look forward to reading all of her books!

  • Lisa Day
    2019-01-30 11:55

    I like time travel and I like western themed stories. Double Time on the Oregon Trail surprised me. I didn't realize it was YA. Most likely because I didn't pay attention because the blurb for the book hooked me. The story held my interest all the way through to the end. (a good thing-right?) Go west, young lady, go west and two young girls did.Kenyon heads for Oregon with her family. Della heads for Oregon with her family.Della's adventures and trials so different from Kenyon's will make her grow up while still a young lady. Her contact with Kenyon may mean live or death for her and her family. Della's and her brother's future road into life will be forever changed by Kenyon.Kenyon's trials, like most dramatic teenagers, are mostly in her head. However, her exuberance as her eyes open, and she begins to embrace the journey, make you wish you where sitting next to her and experiencing the sights with her. Oh, did I mention the sojourn of each girl are over a 150 years apart.Take a few minutes and re-live those years when change was hard and being a young person harder. WELL DONE, Dixie.

  • Bree Wolf
    2019-01-30 14:48

    By Bree Wolf, author of FirefliesThe idea behind ‘Double Time’ I loved right away. That an ancient lap desk made with the thought of how everything in life is connected crosses the gap of time and brings together two girls traveling on the Oregon trail (only about 150 years apart) is genius! Della and Kenyon find that their ‘shared’ experience soon helps them deals with their own lives in a way they never thought possible. It’s a great read! Sweet, touching and dealing with the topic of how prejudices affect us in a compelling way that makes you think things through! Highly recommended!

  • Michele
    2019-02-08 14:49

    Thank you for the Goodreads Win, this was a YA story about two teenagers travel experience crossing the country with family and relating their stories with time travel. Great story line and enjoyed it. It had some nice lessons for todays teenagers regarding convenience's we take for granted. As a past girl scout leader it would be a fun book to recommend and explore together, or for a YA book club book.

  • Dixie Goode
    2019-02-10 15:14