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The perilous journey of the Donner Party

Author: Marian Calabro
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Uses materials from letters and diaries written by survivors of the Donner Party to relate the experiences of that ill-fated group as they endured horrific circumstances on their way to California in 1846-47. On April 14, 1846, the Donner Party set out from Springfield, Illinois, in search of a better life in the largely unsettled California territory. The trip started well but eventually questionable choices and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Juvenile works
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marian Calabro
ISBN: 0395866103 9780395866108
OCLC Number: 39659716
Awards: ALA Notable Children's Book, 2000.
Description: 192 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: Journey begins --
Independence and beyond --
Shortcut to danger --
Losing a home and a father --
Rock upon rock, snow upon snow --
Trapped in the depths --
Last taboo --
Rescued at last --
Looking back, looking ahead --
Survivors --
Donner Party legacy.
Responsibility: by Marian Calabro.
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Uses materials from letters and diaries written by survivors of the Donner Party to relate the experiences of that ill-fated group as they endured horrific circumstances on their way to California in 1846-47. On April 14, 1846, the Donner Party set out from Springfield, Illinois, in search of a better life in the largely unsettled California territory. The trip started well but eventually questionable choices and infighting delayed pioneers' attempt to cross the Sierra Nevada until winter. As the impassable snows closed in and their supplies dwindled to nothing, the group faced an almost hopeless struggle for survival that would push some toward the final taboo of cannibalism. Nearly half the members of the Donner Party were children. This account, filled with selections from the survivors' letters and diaries, focuses on the children's experiences, making it uniquely compelling and accessible to young readers. Index, bibliography, chronology, group rosters, suggestions for further research.

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A nice addition to any library.

by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2009-06-08) Good Permalink

      Tells about families traveling on a trail to go to California. They get stuck in the snow storm and are ill or dead. They have not much food and water, so they make food out of things around them. Contains black and white illustrations and is recommended for teachers,...
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