This is a fictional book based on a true story.
Emmy Blue is having to leave her friends and family behind because her Pa wants to move to Golden Colorado. Gold was found in the mountains (remember Pike's Peak or Bust?) and her Pa, instead of becoming a gold miner, instead wants to set up a block of buildings to sell items to the miners. This is the trip to Golden that Emmy Blue tells.
Emmy learns throughout the trip, the hardships of the people traveling, and learns a lot from her parents about how a person should be. Even though she is more of a tom-boy, Emmy Blue takes up quilting, a small quilt for her wax doll, Waxy.
As the author states in the back of the book, there is such a quilt that did travel from Ohio to Golden, CO. This is a beautiful little story for those 9 years and up. Even I, an adult, loved reading the story. The characters are real and the scenery in the story is much like what it was back then--beautiful and peaceful. And I did learn some about the different quilts and how much work went into one.
If you like Colorado history, this is a good book, even though fiction, is one to read.