The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party

The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party Review

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.

Title:The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party
Edition Language:English

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  • Joe

    Here are the types of children who will benefit from reading this book, although a combination of all three types would probably be best.#1. The Precocious And Brave History Nerd. Fearless pioneers pa...

  • Shreyas Isukapalli

    This book is slow book and if you like an action packed book with constant action then don't read this book....

  • Carol

    This is a child's book, so I selected it because I expected it would treat the subject gently enough for children. I didn't want to read something that would dwell on the repulsive. What I really want...

  • Starlate

    This book makes me want: puke cry hide puke shudder not take for granted the invention of cars, airplanes and trains puke. They EAT! PEOPLE! HUMANS! Who used to be alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gasp! Barf! ...

  • Pam

    Previous to reading this title, all I knew about the Donner party is that they got stuck in the mountains in the winter and resorted to cannibalism.Now I know that there were eventually 90 people tota...

  • Arliegh Kovacs

    I picked this one up at the library when I was looking for some non-fiction books. This is thoroughly researched and written so teens and up can understand it.There were so many mistakes made that bec...

  • Bailey

    I first chose this book because I'd heard a little about the Donner's in social studies. It wasn't exactly my first choice for a nonfiction book, and that made it even worse. It was almost 200 pages ...

  • Claire Alexander

    Manageable version of the Donner Party saga. Doesn't hold back, but not overdramatized. A good amount of detail about what it was like to travel at that time in North American History. It's a bit Reed...

  • Michael

    The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party is a non-Fiction book written by Marian Calabro . A non-fiction book is a book that is written about a true event, a time in history, or factual information. T...

  • Merwyn Haskett

    This review was originally posted at OlyForums - now a part of Everyday Olympia.***When it comes to reading books and writing reviews about them I have Goodreads to show off my blurbs and star ratings...