The Ranger in Time Book Club

Welcome to the Ranger in Time Book Club!

I’m author Kate Messner, and with Scholastic’s permission, I’ll be sharing a chapter-by-chapter read-aloud of RANGER IN TIME: RESCUE ON THE OREGON TRAIL here on my blog over the coming weeks. I’m so glad you’ve found your way here!

Each Thursday by around 12pm EST, I’ll post a new read-aloud video with the next two chapters of the book. Readers can ask questions about this series, the writing process, researching history, what I’m reading (or really anything else you’d like!) by leaving a comment on this blog post. I’ll answer as many readers’ questions as possible after the read-aloud in the next week’s video! If you want to read more Ranger in Time books, there are eleven titles in the series, about all different periods in history, and you can find them wherever you like to buy books. If you’re lucky enough to have a local independent bookseller, please check there first! Many are offering things like curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping. Here’s where you can read about the rest of the Ranger in Time series and my other books for kids.

Okay…ready for the first two chapters? Here you go…

Ranger in Time Book Club – Week 1 – Chapters 1-2

Ranger in Time Book Club – Week 2 – Reader Questions Answered and Chapters 3-4

If you’d like to ask a question about the Ranger in Time series, my other books, or my research and writing process, feel free to leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll be back with another video next Thursday, sharing the next two chapters and answers to some of your questions!

32 Replies on “The Ranger in Time Book Club

  1. Sadie from Dallas, TX (age 9) would like to know: Why did you decide to write about a dog? P.S. She loves that you have character named Sadie!!

  2. Can you please give me a writing prompt because I wanted to write my own ranger in time story? Thank you for the read aloud. I love ranger in time!

  3. Kylee from Wilmington, NC (7 yrs) would like to know where do you get your inspiration for the story and your knowledge of the past? Also, what’s your favorite thing to do?

  4. This is Mrs. Sembroski! Thank you for sharing this read aloud, and I know my students and I will enjoy reading along with you. Thank you to all the students who are leaving such great questions. I look forward to learning more!

  5. Gwyneth from San Antonio, TX (8 yrs old) would like to know: why did you choose a first aid box to be the item that transported Ranger back in time?

    Thank you for sharing your book!

  6. We listened to the first two chapter of Ranger in Time Rescue on the Oregon Trail again today! Dominic and Adrianna have a question. Why did they only pack bacon for the trip? Didn’t they have chickens and rabbits to eat back then?

  7. My daughter wants to know how many books you have wrote and also how many Ranger In Time books are in the series. From Chloe 10 years old in Virginia ❤️
    ❤️Ranger In Time

  8. Hi. my name is matthew, and i have LOVED your ranger and time series to the point…
    Anyways… my question is how do you come up with the storyline, names, and how do choose which historical event to do in your next book
    welp, keep doing what you are doing to make your books great!

  9. Grant B (age 6) from Omaha says: Thank you for answering my first question. I love this book and I like Ranger a lot. My second question is: why did Ranger choose to follow the wagon train? See you next week. I made my mom put it on her calendar.

  10. My name is Levi, and I’m from Waco, Nebraska (not Texas!). I’m in 3rd grade. I would like to know if you recommend reading the Ranger books in any particular order and is The Rescue on the Oregon Trail the first chronological book?

  11. My name is Molly. I am from Michigan and in 5th grade. This is my first Ranger in Time book and I really like it. My question is, what is the hardest part of writing a book?

  12. Kylee from Wilmington NC again. Thanks for answering my last questions. I was wondering if this is the first Ranger book you wrote? In this book it didn’t seem like he knew what he had to do to get back but in other books he seems to know he has to help someone.

  13. This is Allison From Roseville, California. How long did it take you to write this book? How challenging was it to write it?

  14. I am a thankful, fourth grade teacher for you doing this book club/read aloud! Upon return from Spring Break, this title was going to be offered as a choice for small group novel study. Now we can still enjoy the Ranger story in a different than planned way. – Mrs. Sposato in Colorado

  15. hi its Matthew

    whenever i use my imagination for characters, I usually come up with my friends names.
    How do you come up for the names of the characters like ranger, luke, and sadie?

  16. This is Corbin from Arkansas (10), have you ever wanted a dog and which kind? By the way which book is your favorite. Mine is your D-Day book!

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