Westward to Home: Joshua's Diary is a historical fiction book by Patricia Hermes. It is the first diary of Joshua McCullough in the My America series. The book was published in February 2001 and republished in August 2002 with a different cover design.
"For Samuel James Hermes"
"April 10 Today our wagons moved out! There must be one hundred wagons, strung out along the trail. Some are fancy. Some are plain. Some are in-between, like ours. Some have words painted on them. Many say: Oregon or Bust! Some say: Manifest Destiny. Pa wanted to paint our, too. "What shall it be?" he asked Ma. "Going Home?" Ma told him to wait till we got to Oregon. Then we'll see if it's home or not. ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻ In 1848, Joshua and his family leave Missouri and set off for Oregon Country with a wagon train. Despite the difficulties of the McCulloughs' journey, they are hopeful that they will one day reach their dream."
"In Book One of his diary, Joshua McCullough and his family pack up their belongings and head west, along the Oregon Trail, in search of a better life. Though there is danger ahead, Joshua's courageous spirit carries him through his adventures."
Patricia Hermes (born February 21, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York) is an America author. She has written nearly fifty books for children and young adults. Hermes is the author of six books in the My America series, including the sequels of Westward to Home, A Perfect Place, and The Wild Year.