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The snow fell three graves deep : voices from the Donner party

Author: Allan Wolf
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2020 ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school : English : First edition
Summary:
This book recounts one of history's most harrowing - and chilling - tales of survival. In 1846, a group of emigrants bound for California face a choice: continue on their planned route or take a shortcut into the wilderness. Eighty-nine of them opt for the untested trail, a decision that plunges them into danger and desperation and, finally, the unthinkable. This is a retelling of the ill-fated journey of the Donner  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Biographical fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Juvenile works
Novels in verse
Young adult works
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allan Wolf
ISBN: 9780763663247 0763663247
OCLC Number: 1137831442
Description: 399 pages : map ; 24 cm
Contents: Part one: All in the getting started --
Part two: Nigher and faster: Hastings cutoff --
Part three: While the bodies are still warm --
Part four: Hunger walks among us --
Part five: Closer to heaven --
Part six: Angels in the snow.
Other Titles: Voices from the Donner party
Snow fell 3 graves deep
Responsibility: Allan Wolf.

Abstract:

This book recounts one of history's most harrowing - and chilling - tales of survival. In 1846, a group of emigrants bound for California face a choice: continue on their planned route or take a shortcut into the wilderness. Eighty-nine of them opt for the untested trail, a decision that plunges them into danger and desperation and, finally, the unthinkable. This is a retelling of the ill-fated journey of the Donner party across the Sierra Nevadas during the winter of 1846-1847. Narrated by multiple voices, including world-weary, taunting, and all-knowing Hunger itself, this novel-in-verse examines a notorious chapter in history from various perspectives, among them caravan leaders George Donner and James Reed, Donner's scholarly wife, two Miwok Indian guides, the Reed children, a sixteen-year-old orphan, and even a pair of oxen. Comprehensive back matter includes an author's note, select character biographies, statistics, a time line of events, and more. This haunting tale raises questions about moral ambiguity, hope and resilience, and hunger of all kinds.--adapted from description on Amazon.com.

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