Fascinating, first person narratives (letters, diaries) written by pioneer women heading west in the 1840's. Read this book! The role of women pioneers has been ignored for too long by history and Hollyweird.
This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s List child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Most notable is the lack of rancor, the lack of venom, and the abundance of dignity in Mr. Leyson’s telling. The Boy on the Wooden Box is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you’ve ever read.
This story made me laugh out loud and cry just a little. The way the orphans were treated broke my heart, and the special note from the author really shocked me. I had to look at the year a second time to make sure it really said 1990 and not 1890. The ending was one of the best I've read in a while, but I can't explain what made it so good without giving too much away.