Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell is a historical fiction book written by Kristiana Gregory. It was the fifth entry in Scholastic's Dear America. The book was first published in March 1997 and reissued in April 2012 with new cover art.
- "This book about a journey is dedicated, with deep appreciation, to the outstanding editors who have guided and encouraged me along my own journey as a writer: Jeff Fairbanks, Charlie Ferrell, Scott Gray, Regina Griffin, Karen Grove, Tracy Mack, Ann Reit, Art Seidenbaum, and Elinor Williams; most especially to my literary agent and friend, Barbara Markowitz."
Now that we're in the North Platte River Valley the air feels dry and thin. My lips are so chapped they bleed when I talk. The only thing to do is dip our fingers into the bucket of axle grease and rub our lips every hour or so. It smells bad, it tastes bad, and the blowing dust sticks. It feels like we must be halfway to Oregon, but Tall Joe says, no, we've only gone five hundred miles. He also says the worst part of the trail is to come. Does he mean more rivers to cross...? I'm afraid to ask what he's talking about."
- My name is Hattie. This is my story....
After the death of her two sisters, thirteen-year-old Hattie Campbell and her family decide to try for a fresh start. They sell their farm in Missouri and head toward Oregon City, along the Oregon Trail. At first the adventure is exciting, but as the days, weeks, and months pass, Hattie realizes what a dangerous trip it is. As they cross the great prairie, death, disease, bad weather, and rough terrain take a terrible toll on their traveling party. The Campbells lose neighbors and friends until they almost cannot bear to continue. But they must persevere or risk the same misfortune. In the pages of her diary, Hattie chronicles the hardships of this harrowing journey, but also captures the small moments, the friendships and celebrations of life, that keep hope alive."
- Main article: List of Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie characters
- Main article: Kristiana Gregory
Kristiana Gregory (born 1951 in Los Angeles, California) is a children's author. Her debut novel, Jenny of the Tetons won the Golden Kite Award for Fiction. Gregory has written five books in Dear America, three in The Royal Diaries, and three in My America.
- "The author would like to thank Karla J. Demby, M.D., F.A.C.P., for sharing case studies on hemlock poisoning; and Anita Tanner for historical material on Brigham Young's westward journey of 1847."
- Interview with Kristiana Gregory about Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie at Scholastic
- Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie Discussion Guide at Scholastic