Title: Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail
Author: Kate Messner
Illustrator: Kelley McMorris
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Summary: Ranger is a search and rescue dog living in today’s time, but when he gets distracted by a squirrel he runs headlong into another time in history. This time he ran right into the 1800s in the midst of a wagon train to Oregon. He finds a missing toddler who has wandered away from her family and then joins the family as they travel west. He alert them of an approaching buffalo stampede, rescues their father from the rising river, alters them of a rattlesnake on the trail and much more. When the family finally reaches their new home, Ranger is distracted by another squirrel and chases it back to his own backyard.
Literary Merit: Nice historic ties in a fictitious story. But the chapters are much longer than I expected. I wonder if this book should not have been nominated in the Middle Grade Fiction category.
Kid Appeal: It’s a dog story, and who doesn’t love a good dog story. I think it would be a challenge for most Early Chapter Book readers to get through this story without a lot of assistance.
Disclaimer: This book was nominated for the 2015 CYBILS Award in the Early Chapter Book category. This review is shared as part of the Round One Judging. It is solely my own opinion and not influenced by any other parties.