We enjoyed this as a read aloud (ages 7 & 9). It is written from the experiences of a boy, Ernie, as he travels with his family during the Westward Expansion. It gave us inspiration and uplifted us as a family, especially the end.
I read this book to my children (7 yr. and 5 yrs.). We enjoyed the characters and by the end of the book we really cared about them. My son had a “jumping for joy” moment at one point in the book for the character, Florie.
She squealed while reading this book because she was so happy for one of the characters. A fast read, but she easily and quickly became invested in the story and characters. She loved that the characters didn’t give up.
I really liked this story, as did my children who were ages 4 and 6 at the time I read this aloud to them. It is a cute story with good family values.
My daughters really enjoyed this book… it lead to them being more curious about pioneers and their travels! We really enjoyed it!
By late afternoon the next day they had gone twelve or fifteen miles from Skillet Gulch. They were long, warm, jiggly miles. All day the sun burned down through a yellow hole in the sky. The hills and mountains marched on and on, some of them with whiteheads, some with their arms full of trees.
Ernie Brett never could have guessed what surprises lay in store for his family when his father moves them from the shanty mining camp of Skillet Gulch over the hills to Nugget to settle on a new ranch. Set in the high Rocky Mountains of Colorado Territory during the gold rush years, this novel explores some of the risks, hardships, joys, and pastimes of the era. Through hard work and ingenuity, Ernie and Papa are able to provide for the family and improve the farm. When tragedy strikes, will the Bretts have the courage to stay on their beloved ranch?
“Over the Hills to Nugget is an example of how literature can be on a lower reading level but still have very high literary value. With beautiful writing, readers are immersed in a wonderful, wholesome story. This is exactly the type of book I want my young readers to enjoy.”—Jenny Phillips
This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 3 course.
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