This is the first children's book by Sandra Dallas. I enjoyed this book and kids who like pioneer history would enjoy it. The main character is 10 year old Emmy Blue and she tells of her family's trek across the plains to Golden, Colorado to have a better life. There are some tough topics explored in this book as well; death on the trail, and one of the men beats his wife. It has a happy ending however, and is a great read with bits of character education sprinkled throughout.