Westward Bound, Alone
Westward Bound, Alone is a fiction full of adventure set in the 1800s. The story revolves around Dan, a teenager who loses both his parents at fifteen. With only his older sister left, their neighboring family adopts them. The family wants to move to Oregon. He becomes separated from his sister and his foster family.
David Thornton, a high school senior who is about to graduate and head to college, is a Civil War enthusiast. He loves studying history, and he loves Civil War memorabilia. His great-aunt Gin knows this, of course. She has a special gift for his graduation. It is a letter written by Abraham Lincoln. Meanwhile, she has David go digging through her attic for other Civil War letters. In the course of searching the attic, he finds a strange helmet. Gin gives him the possibly priceless head piece. It doesn't take a thief long to hear of the Lincoln Letter, and it is gone before David even sees it. It is a treasure with a possible answer to a great Civil War mystery. On a quest to find the Lincoln Letter, David and his friends are soon pursued by the "collector".
Mr. Leonard was raised on the Great Divide on a remote Colorado ranch in the 1940's and 50's. His father died leaving ten children. His mother--with the children's help--farmed the land, took care of the livestock and survived the terrible winters. Finally, she sold the ranch and took the children to Oregon where most graduated from college.