West to A Land of Plenty

West to A Land of Plenty

The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi

Book - 1998
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While traveling in 1883 with her Italian American family (including a meddlesome little sister) and other immigrant pioneers to a utopian community in Idaho, fourteen-year-old Teresa keeps a diary of her experiences along the way.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 1998
ISBN: 9780590738880
Branch Call Number: J SERIES DEA
Characteristics: 204 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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When I first began this diary, I did not like it very much. But as I continued tor read, I fell in love with it, with all the characters in it-even Teresa's pesky little sister, Antoinetta (Netta). Good job, Jim Murphy!


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Teresa Angelino Viscardi is angry with her grandmother, her uncle, and her father for making her leave her home and travel far to her new home. She records this in her diary. Her little sister, Antoinetta, or Netta, sneaks and reads the diary, and writes in it. Teresa becomes reconciled to this. Along the way, Teresa's uncle and father get the "silver fever" and go the silver mines, promising to catch up with their families later. Soon, Teresa's family members become ill, and they stay behind. Teresa's grandmother and herself must go find her uncle and father. After a battle with thieves, they find them and hurry back, only to find Teresa's sister Netta has died. Heartbroken, they bury her, and continue on. They are almost home, and though Teresa's heart is sad, she is full of hope for a good life in her new home.


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