Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Oregon Ducks New Uniforms Salute Oregon History

A tip of the hat (or helmet) to my brother Jason for alerting me to the fact that the Oregon Ducks football team is about to debut a new uniform that pays tribute to Oregon History, including The Oregon Trail.

The uniform, designed for the Ducks by Nike, debuts Oct 10. While silhouettes of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery (missing Sacagawea!) are prominent on the helmet, The Oregon Trail is also commemorated. According to the website goducks,com: "The lines on the helmet represent the principal legs of the 2,200-mile-long Oregon Trail."

I like to think that the graphic novel "Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny" contributed in some small way (along with the video game) to this renewed interest in the OT as a key part of NW history. 

More details and photos can be found at the Ducks' website

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

From Buy Olympia

The Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny, the enthralling story of the Weston family's journey from Baltimore to Salem, is available from Buy Olympia...

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nice Write-Up from Rainbow Resource Center

Futzing around on the Internet, I came across this short, enthusiastic write-up of the Oregon Trail graphic novel. Thanks, Chad, for the kind words.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Great Times at McGilvra Elementary School! (And in Vancouver, WA)

Yesterday, David and I spent the day at Seattle's McGilvra Elementary School. We talked to three large groups of students (one after another) about our Oregon Trail graphic novel. This was our first encounter with members of the demographic for whom this book was created.

We were touched and delighted at their overwhelmingly positive reaction. We also greatly appreciated the positive feedback from teachers who use the book as part of the Oregon Trail studies in the Washington state school system.

The students asked us some great questions. My favorite one, which we heard more than once, was the existentially basic "why did you do the book?"

David and I had celebrity status a rock star would envy. I lost count of the autographs I gave, and David and I both did several on-the-fly drawings. Once the students found out I could draw a passable ox, the request line redoubled. I could see David had a long waiting list, too. So much love in the room!

It was great to really understand that our book succeeds at what it sets out to do, and that it helps 21st century young people relate to the brave souls who took this very risky journey, 150+ years ago...

A few weeks back, I boarded an Amtrak train and traveled solo to Vancouver, Washington, where I signed 50 copies of the Oregon Trail book for a librarian's conference. It was great to meet school and public librarians, and introduce them to the book. We ran out of books quickly, and got word out about the graphic novel to these influential individuals.

Thanks to the astounding kindness of the teachers and students at McGilvra, and to Lisa Hay of Sasquatch Books, who has done a lot to make the world aware of our book. Here are a couple of iPod photos Lisa took of me at the Vancouver signing:

Thanks to everyone we met at these two great events! We hope to see you again soon!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

from the School Library Journal, Jan. 2012

"...A good addition as an introduction to an Oregon Trail unit or for supplemental materials on the subject."

Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL

A nice review

I just noticed a nice review of "Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny" by a blogger named Teddy Rose...

Thanks, Teddy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Frank Will Be Signing in Salem on the 7th! (of December, that is!)

Hi friends! Just an advance notice that Frank Young will be in Salem, Oregon on Wednesday, December 7th. As part of the Holiday Open House at the Oregon State Capitol, I'll be one of around 20 authors signing Oregon-themed books.

As The Road To Destiny ends in Salem, Oregon, it's an apt place for the signing. The three-hour Open House will also feature a 27 ft.tall Noble Fir tree, surrounded by a replica village of historic Salem, and an A.C. Gilbert train. There'll also be live music and a food tasting.

The event takes place on 12/7 from 4 to 7 PM. The State Capitol is located at 900 Court St. NE in Salem, Oregon. I hope to see you there! Bring your copy of The Road To Destiny and I'll be happy to autograph it for you!

In a vaguely related photo-op, here's a shot of David Lasky, as he inked one of the final pages of the graphic novel, in a sequence that takes place in the Salem of the late 1860s...

Here is the finished, published version of that page--one of the most nicely-drawn parts of the book!