To Stay Alive : Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party

To Stay Alive : Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party

Description

Told in riveting, keenly observed poetry, a moving first-person narrative as experienced by a young survivor of the tragic Donner Party of 1846. The journey west by wagon train promises to be long and arduous for nineteen-year-old Mary Ann Graves and her parents and eight siblings. Yet she is hopeful about their new life in California: freedom from the demands of family, maybe some romance, better opportunities for all. But when winter comes early to the Sierra Nevada and their group gets a late start, the Graves family, traveling alongside the Donner and Reed parties, must endure one of the most harrowing and storied journeys in American history. Amid the pain of loss and the constant threat of death from starvation or cold, Mary Ann's is a narrative, told beautifully in verse, of a girl learning what it means to be part of a family, to make sacrifices for those we love, and above all to persevere.


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Details

Author(s)
Skila Brown
For ages
12-17
Format
Hardback | 304 pages
Dimensions
142 x 211 x 30mm | 476g
Publication date
11 Oct 2016
Publisher
Candlewick Press (MA)
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, unspecified
ISBN10
0763678112
ISBN13
9780763678111
Bestsellers rank
1,240,865