Top 10 Books on Oregon

 

The state of Oregon is blessed with a rich and extensive history. And with a tumultuous past  including the American Mexican war, the oil crisis, the black exclusion movement, slavery, coupled with the multiracial multicultural wealth Oregon has to offer, the avenues for exploration as well as literature are plenty. here we provide you with a comprehensive list of the 10 best books based on Oregon, from the tales of separation to the turmoil faced by families reeling under illness and the long discussed Oregon trail, each book has a story, a heart rending origin and a mirror of the prejudice rampant in the area during those times. from young history buffs to older reflectors of history, there’s something for them all. History, fiction, non fiction, all sections are available. And you can pick these books online, or from any of the bookstores and libraries near you. So if you are keen on delving deeper into what makes Oregon so interesting, read away!

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: Dear America (1997)

This book revolves around a 13 year old girl Hattie and an account of her family’s sojourn across the Oregon trail, full of tribulations and struggle

Read it For:
A thrilling and heart rending account of a family and a 13 year old girl’s perspective make this an excellent read.
Don't Read it For:
this book is not a historical account but a diary of a young girl on a voyage with her family.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is based on a teenager’s worldview of the Oregon trail and how she and her family overcome every obstacle to cover the trail. It is profound and poignant

Bess’s Log Cabin Quilt (1995)

This book is also based on the life of a 10 year old child who has to struggle with family troubles in Oregon. Her mother is afflicted with a terrible debilitating fever and her father is away to work as a spy and doctor in the confederacy. She toils on this log cabin quilt to protect her family farm and her mother from the vindictive Yankees

Read it For:
this book is a touching account of a 10 year old’s struggle to keep her family together and fend for herself.
Don't Read it For:
this book is based on a child’s perspective and may get too depressing for some people.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a word by word account of a girl with dreams shattered by life’s unfairness and her constant struggle to protect her family. The excellent storytelling and touching plot make it an excellent read

Bobbi: A Great Collie (1926)

This book is a true account based on Bobbie, a dog who gets separated from his masters in the state of Indiana. He further decides to head to his home in Silverton, Oregon with no help whatsoever

Read it For:
A gripping account of a dog and his journey towards Oregon from Indiana with absolutely no assistance or leverage.
Don't Read it For:
For those who don’t like animal tales, skip this one out
What makes this book stand out?:
The depiction of Bobbie’s arduous journey along with a commentary on the situation in Oregon makes for an excellent read

B is for Beaver: An Oregon Alphabet (2003)

This book revolves around a beautiful journey across the Beaver State full of breathtaking beauty and exciting experiences

Read it For:
this book is a mirror of the exquisite natural beauty of Oregon
Don't Read it For:
if you’re looking for something hard hitting and poignant, steer clear of this one
What makes this book stand out?:
The way the writer documents an amazing journey with the exceptional writing style, makes this an excellent read
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Bound for Oregon (1994)

This book is also a family’s account of their journey towards Oregon on foot, spanning across 2000 miles in the year 1852. The struggles and experiences of the Todd family are documented in this book. From the hostile winters and the terrain to the hostile people, everything encountered by the Todd family is documented here

Read it For:
this book provides an excellent account of a tumultuous trek and a family’s struggles while covering the trek.
Don't Read it For:
: if travel accounts and family experiences are not your thing, avoid this.
What makes this book stand out?:
The gripping plot and writing style makes for an excellent read.

Bat 6 (2000)

Bat 6 has a baseball game for 6th-grade girls as a backdrop in 1949 based on Oregon to highlight the racial prejudice and the incarceration of Japanese American populations during the period of World War II

Read it For:
this book is a mirror on the racial environment and indictment of foreigners during the World War period using a baseball game as a vehicle
Don't Read it For:
if you want to go for something neutral, skip this one out.
What makes this book stand out?:
The selection of the backdrop and the exceptional storytelling of legendary writer Virginia Wolff makes this an excellent read.

Daniel’s Walk (2001)

This book is based on a teenage boy’s account when he walks all by himself across the Oregon Trail to find his missing father

Read it For:
this book is a heart rending tale of separation and a quest for the truth
Don't Read it For:
the storyline may get depressing for some
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is an excellent narrative on a father son relationship

Dear Levi: Letters from the Oregon Trail (1994)

This book is a collection of letters written by a 12 year old boy who sets out on a trek to Oregon in 1851 and writes to his younger brother explaining about his voyage

Read it For:
This book is a collection of letters written by a 12 year old boy who sets out on a trek to Oregon in 1851 and writes to his younger brother explaining about his voyage
Don't Read it For:
a young child’s perspective and his journey across an arduous trek
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is an interesting narrative of the Oregon trek from the perspective of a young boy. It also gives a good insight into the relationship of two brothers.

The Ghost Stallion (1999)

This book is about a 13 year old girl Mary who sets out to kill a wild horse who is responsible for the losses in her father’s revenue as it lures away the remaining horses at their ranch in Oregon. The catch here is, that she secretly wants the horse to live and be saved

Read it For:
this book is an excellent take on a teenage ranch bred girl and her sympathy towards her horses.
Don't Read it For:
this book may not be as gripping for many people.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book explores the complicated relationship between a ranch bred girl, her father, and the struggle between livelihood and companionship.

The Devil in Ol’ Rosie

This book is about a 12 year old boy who is sent to the wild land of East Oregon to retrieve the wild and fugitive horses at his ranch. It is a tale of redemption and a quest for his father’s respect in the face of dangerous feats.

Read it For:
this book is a gripping tale of a twelve year old Wart’s tryst with adventure and danger
Don't Read it For:
this book may be childish for some readers
What makes this book stand out?:
The gripping storyline and the adrenaline pumping experiences of young Wart with the wild horses will keep you glued to the pages.

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