Westward Bound, Alone is a fiction full of adventure set in the 1800s. The story revolves around Dan, a teenager who loses both his parents at fifteen. With only his older sister left, their neighboring family adopts them. The family wants to move to Oregon. He becomes separated from his sister and his foster family. Later on, he gets trapped in an underground caravan.
Unable to move because of his serious injuries, he spends days in trying to escape, only to find out that the wagon train already abandoned him.
Alone in the prairie, he is torn between chasing the wagon or finding shelter and water. He decides to choose the latter, and so he takes the path leading to the creek.
His journey was long and hard, but he meets a lot of people and makes friends with them. After a long period of being alone, he finds himself in the territory of the Indians and lives with them. He also experienced being with miners and trappers. Until one day, he meets his old friend, the mountain man, Moss.
His travels lasted four years before Dan reached the fabled Willamette Valley in Oregon. There he commenced a search with his friend, Moss, for his foster parents and his long dreamed of sweetheart.
David Leonard grew up in Colorado. A retired educator who loved to write, he previously published articles in the AA Grapevine and Good Old Days. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Mount Angel College and a master’s degree in education from New Mexico State University. He is currently living in Prineville, Oregon, with his wife, Carole.
“This is good adventure story for young persons. It is clearly aimed at the youth market; with an interesting narrative about survival and growing up in a harsh and unforgiving environment. It is a good combination of human interest, adventure and accurate old west lore.”
“This book takes you through some of the experiences of the harsh conditions and hazards traversing the Oregon Trail route during the western emigration, while drawing you into young Dan’s coming-of-age story. The storyteller uses a light touch on the story and on the authentic-detail, as you travel along with Dan when he is on his own, fending with only an old flintlock musket and his ‘possibles’ bag of sparse supplies.”
It was the first time he’d been to a funeral that he could remember. The bodies had been laid out in the cabin before bein’ put into their rude boxes. It made him sick to see the ropes lower the bodies into the ground and to hear the clods hittin’ the tops of the coffins. He hated the dream. Nothin’ was as final as death.
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