In 1851 twelve-year-old Sarah is a free Black, happy living with her parents, grandparents, and brother on their own farm in Iowa; but her father has been bitten by the gold bug and wants to take the trail west to California, and after some argument it is decided that the the grandparents will stay on the farm, but the rest of the family will go; the journey will be difficult and dangerous, but if they survive extreme weather, difficult terrain, illness, and the racism of others in the group there may be a better life waiting for them at the end of the trail. Includes nonfiction material on the Oregon Trail, a glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
California -- Gold discoveries -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- West (U.S.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Oregon National Historic Trail -- Juvenile fiction.
Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Juvenile fiction.
Survival -- Juvenile fiction.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1848-1860 -- Juvenile fiction.