Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail

Ranger in Time -- Rescue on the Oregon Trail


  • Age Range: 6-10
  • Hardcover/Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 6, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 054563914X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545639149
  • Cybils Award – Early Chapter Book Finalist
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee

Meet Ranger! He’s a time-traveling golden retriever who has a nose for trouble . . . and always saves the day!

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!

“McMorris’s richly rendered illustrations heighten the plot’s many moments of danger and drama, and Messner (Manhunt) incorporates a wealth of historical details into her rousing adventure story. An author’s note offers additional context and detail about the challenges pioneers faced and the real-life research that went into this story.”

~Publishers Weekly

“This well-paced story will keep the attention of even reluctant readers with its commitment to accurately chronicling the excitement and danger of the Oregon Trail.”


Activities and Extras

Ever wonder what an author’s writing process looks like for a chapter book series like Ranger in Time? Check out Kate Messner’s virtual author visit on YouTube with a look at the research, planning, and revision involved in the first two Ranger books!



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