Rescue on the Oregon Trail (Ranger in Time #1)

Series: Ranger in Time

by Kate Messner, Illustrated By Kelley McMorris

Scholastic Press
January 2015

Ages 7 – 10 . Grades 2 – 5

Library of Congress: 2014005485

Lexile measure: 690L

DRA: 50

Guided Reading: T

Ranger has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog, but can't officially pass the test because he's always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam's family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger's help more than they realize!
Kate Messner

Kate Messner is the author of The Seventh Wish; All the Answers; The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers; Capture the Flag, an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner; Hide and Seek; Manhunt; and the Ranger in Time and Marty McGuire chapter book series. A former middle-school English teacher, Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves reading, walking in the woods, and traveling. Visit her online at


--- - ! "From Ranger in Time #1: Rescue on the Oregon Trail

\"You're coming with us, right? Right, boy?\" Sam scratched Ranger behind his ear and stood up. \"It's time to head out on the trail.\"
\tRanger looked for Luke again. He couldn't find him. But he saw the little Amelia girl tugging away from her big sister's hand, trying to run off. Ranger decided he needed to help look after her \"out on the trail,\" wherever that was. Sam was going. It looked like all the bacon was going. Maybe Luke would be there, too.
\tSo when the Abbott family left Independence, Missouri, that morning, Ranger followed their wagon down the well-worn path out of town."
Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545639149

144pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝