Scraps of Time: 1879, Away West is a 2006 book by Patricia McKissack about a farmboy, Everett Turner, who runs away and joins the Exodusters, travelling to Nicodemus, Kansas.

Scraps of Time: 1879, Away West
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First edition
AuthorsPatricia McKissack
IllustratorGordon James
CountryUnited States
SubjectChildren's literature, American history,
Published2006 (Viking Press)
Media typePrint (hardback, paperback)


Away West has been reviewed by a number of journals including Booklist and the School Library Journal, that recommended it for developing readers,[1][2] and Kirkus Reviews.[3] It has been on school reading lists.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Away West: Reviews". Retrieved April 5, 2017. Short chapters, simple sentences, and James' pencil sketches make this an appealing choice for newly independent readers ..
  2. ^ "Away West". Retrieved April 5, 2017. McKissack deftly weaves in details of the time, including Buffalo soldiers, the role of the church, and the rise of the Klan. This book is just right for beginning chapter book readers ..
  3. ^ "Away West: Scraps of Time #2". Kirkus Media LLC. February 15, 2006. Retrieved April 5, 2017. Important and sometimes neglected historical details are here: Buffalo soldiers, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the slave-built Eads Bridge and the settlement of Nicodemus, Kan. In short, readable chapters, complete with cliffhanger endings, McKissack brings another slice of history to life for new readers.
  4. ^ "Recommended Reading For Third Grade". North Hills Campus at WT (Winchester Thurston School). Archived from the original on April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  5. ^ "4th and 5th Grade Book Bowl Lists: 4th Grade Titles". Randall Elementary. Retrieved April 4, 2017.