All the Stars in the Sky: The Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florrie Mack Ryder, The Santa Fe Trail, 1848 Dear America Series Book #33 of 43 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: Megan McDonald
Age Group: 8 - 13 years. Published on September 1, 2003. AR: Level 5.3 (5 Points, Quiz #70045); GLE: 5.5 F&P/GRL: V; DRA: 50
A girl's diary records the year 1848 during which she, her brother, mother, and stepfather traveled the Santa Fe trail from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe.
Jem says why would I be writing in my diary when I could be whittling a whistle out of willow wood.
Starting their journey from their home in Missouri, Florrie Ryder and her family are headed towards the promise of a new life in Santa Fe. As they cross the Great Plains of the midwestern prairie, fording rivers and climbing mountains, the Ryders encounter endless hardship as they undertake this great adventure.