Echoes of Kansas Past

Echoes of Kansas Past

A Travel Through Time

by Eunice Boeve and illustrated by Julie Peterson-Shea


“Grandpa Andrews says to know how another person feels, you have to walk a mile in his moccasins,” Jack said. “And the time machine will let people do that,” Mollie said.

Jack and Mollie accidentally activate their parent’s time machine and find themselves whirled back into Kansas’ past where they witness their state’s history in the making.

Travel back in time with fourth grade twins, Jack and Mollie, in this illustrated chapter book and meet those who are now part of Kansas history. Go with the twins as they travel through time and find themselves “walking in the moccasins of others.” Among their experiences: living as Kanza Indians in 1620, riding an orphan train where new parents await the children, hiding with other scared runaway slaves in a dark cellar and meeting Abraham Lincoln, witnessing discrimination as first grade classmates of Langston Hughes in a non-integrated school, arriving at Fort Riley where they meet Comanche, the famous horse of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, again becoming Indian children in the harsh early days of the Haskell University, and attending a dance where they hear the first ever rendition of the state song, “Home on the Range.”


Larry Freeze, Kansas Country Living Magazine—When it comes to formulating adventure, it’s hard to imagine anything more compelling than a time machine. That’s exactly the thrill that envelops fourth grade twins, Jack and Mollie, in this illustrated chapter book. An excellent way to introduce Kansas’ rich history to young readers. Echoes of Kansas Past would be an ideal gift for the young reader in your family.


Jack and Mollie’s adventures across Kansas history through their time machine will enrapture young readers as they read about many places and faces from the Sunflower State’s past.” —Jan Pope, Retired Teacher, Blue Rapids, KS

My brother, Dayton, and I like the chapter “Ancient Bones” best because Grandpa and Grandma own that land. I love to go there and hunt for fossils and think about how it once looked. —Conlee Hugunin 5th grade, Phillipsburg, KS

When my mother was a child, she gathered ‘weeds’ for Indian John. We still put flowers on his grave every Memorial Day. —Bertha Morgison, Lawrence, KS

My grandfather, who spoke German, worked at that POW camp and made several life-long friends among the prisoners. I have a carving of a small wooden dog one of them made for my grandfather. I wonder if it’s a carving of Mary Sunshine. I am sending the book to my granddaughter in England. —Mary Beth Boyd, Norton, KS

My father was Dave Strait. I was a just a boy, but I vividly remember the POWs arriving by rail car, the camp, and Walter coming to our house for dinner. —Bill Strait, Denver, CO

Echoes of Kansas Past is a must read for anyone with any ties to Kansas. I have lived here my whole life and learned countless things as Jack and Mollie travel throughout Kansas. This should be a must read for all children in school. Eunice’s ability to bring the past to life makes this book stand out from any other book that tries to explain the past. ­—Mollie Purcell, Salina, KS

A must read for all students! – This is a fantastic book that leads you on an adventure through Kansas history. The part that is so awesome is that it keeps your attention. I have lived in Kansas all my life and I learned a lot that I didn’t know. This book should be required reading for all students in Kansas schools. – MP

Great Book – TM

Boeve’s Characterizations and Realization of Historical Times and Events Just Do Not Get Better Than This! – Wow! I so enjoyed this book by Eunice Boeve. What an adventure! I was not excited about a time travel book set only in Kansas through the eyes of a young girl and her brother. I should have known it would grab my interest through the characterizations and the actualization of the past so common to Boeve’s works. Each time the siblings land in a different time and reality, the people of that place and time come to life for them and the reader. The tension in segments where they are delayed and might miss their ride is palpable. I have never read a Boeve book I didn’t like, but I think this may be my all time favorite of her young adult books. I simply did not want to put it down. I learned about Kansas history by being dragged into the reality of each time and character. It simply doesn’t get better than that. – MHL Ph.D.

2013 KART Booklist Award

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boeve-euniceEunice Boeve, who was born and raised in Montana and Idaho, has spent nearly all of her adult life in Kansas. She writes for both adults and children usually in the genre of historical fiction. She and her husband raised four children and also have five grandchildren. In addition to her family, she loves books, the outdoors, and writing stories. You can contact the author through her website:
shea-julieJulie Peterson-Shea has loved creating things since she was a child in small town Nebraska. Some of her favorite media are pencil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and ceramics. For more than 17 years she has taught art at USD #325 in Phillipsburg, Kansas. She earned her BA and MFA from Fort Hays State University. Julie is the lucky wife of Randie and the mother of 5. They share their home with 7 very pampered felines.

ISBN: 978-0-9851196-9-0

Softcover: Perfect bind

Trim Size: 8.5″ x 5.5″

Pages: 176