Bio: Karen Zeinert is has formerly taught American history to high school students, and language arts and social studies to middle school children. She has been a writer since 1981 and has authored such works as Captured by Indians: The Narrative of Mary Jemison (Linnet, 1995) and The Extraordinary Women of World War I (Millbrook, 2001). Across the Plains in the Donner Party (Linnet, 1996) was selected by VOYA as one of the top 40 nonfiction books for Young Adults published in 1996. She is currently working on the last book in her series about women and war, The Brave Women of the Gulf War.
This tragic story of Virginia Reed's journey west is told through her memoirs of the twelve years old girl, with supplementary accounts based on her father's letters and the diary of another traveller. Given the sensitive nature of aspects of the journey, young readers will find the background notes and explanatory comments helpful.