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{Rescue on the Oregon Trail: Kate Messner}Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner
Illustrator: Kelley McMorris
Series: Ranger in Time
Published by Scholastic Press on January 6, 2015
Genres: Adventure, Childrens, Historical Fiction, Middle School, Science Fiction
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – Meet Ranger! He’s a time-traveling golden retriever who has a nose for trouble . . . and always saves the day!

Ranger has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog, but can’t officially pass the test because he’s always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam’s family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger’s help more than they realize!

{My thoughts} – The Oregon Trail. Goodness. This is one of those topics that most children know so very well. When I was in grade school we use to play a game called The Oregon Trail on the computer. I can still see the old pixel graphics.

Ranger is a golden retriever that washed out of a rescue program. He was easily distracted by squirrels and he wasn’t able to maintain his attention on the classes. However, he did learn a thing or two from those classes.

Ranger gets a unique opportunity to travel back in time to The Oregon Trail. While he is there he meets a family and he starts to help them by finding and rescuing. He does miss his owners in the present though and keeps trying to figure out just how long he is meant to be gone before he gets to go back home.

I really enjoyed how this story was written. It was based on the events of The Oregon Trail and sited real information. This helps to leave children wanting to learn more. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.