Stay Alive: The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds, The Donner Party Expedition, 1846 (My Name Is America) (Paperback)

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Newbery Honor-winning author Rodman Philbrick brings to life the excitement, danger, and horrors of the Donner Party's journey west.

"Soon we will eat the frozen cattle.... And then, when that is gone, what shall we eat?

Shall we eat the snow? Shall we eat the ice? Shall we eat the bark on the frozen trees?

What shall we eat?"

Spring, 1846: Douglas Allen Deeds dreams of starting a new life out West. When the opportunity to join the Donner Party Expedition arises, he leaves the life he's known behind to set out on the nearly 2,000-mile trek from Independence, Missouri to sunny California.

But progress is slow. Brutal heat, poisoned water, and rough terrain slow them down. Soon they have a choice: continue on the known but grueling trail, or take a shortcut that would cut 350 miles from their journey-but take them through unknown territory. Is it worth the risk?

Winter comes quickly in the mountains, and the wrong choice could leave them stranded in the Sierra Mountains when the snow comes, with no shelter, supplies, or food.

About the Author


Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick has written more than a dozen novels for young readers. In 1993, he published his first children's book, Freak the Mighty, which became an instant classic, and was made into a feature film. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg was a 2010 Newbery Honor Book. Philbrick's other acclaimed novels include Max the Mighty, The Young Man and the Sea, The Last Book in the Universe, Zane and the Hurricane, and Wildfire. Philbrick divides his time between Maine and the Florida Keys. You can learn more about him on his website: rodmanphilbrick.com.

Praise For…


Praise for Wildfire: * "An intense tale of survival and action. A must-have for all upper elementary/middle grade libraries." -- School Library Journal, starred review* "Short chapters, outstanding cover art, and a breathless pace make this a fine choice for reluctant readers. Outstanding suspense." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Action lovers will relish every word. With Wildfire -- reminiscent of Hatchet and the real-life saga Lost on a Mountain in Maine -- Philbrick transforms a raging inferno into an impressively plotted escape story full of heart and soul." -- BookPage, starred reviewPraise for Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina:* "An appropriately serious and occasionally gruesome tale of surviving Hurricane Katrina, buoyed by large doses of hope and humor." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewPraise for The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg: A Newbery Honor book "A swashbuckling and humorous tale of adventure." -- The Boston Globe* "A rip-roaring adventure." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review"A captivating read." -- The Horn Book Praise for Freak the Mighty: * "A wonderful story... memorable and luminous... somewhat different and very special." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for Wildfire: * "An intense tale of survival and action. A must-have for all upper elementary/middle grade libraries." -- School Library Journal, starred review* "Short chapters, outstanding cover art, and a breathless pace make this a fine choice for reluctant readers. Outstanding suspense." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Action lovers will relish every word. With Wildfire -- reminiscent of Hatchet and the real-life saga Lost on a Mountain in Maine -- Philbrick transforms a raging inferno into an impressively plotted escape story full of heart and soul." -- BookPage, starred reviewPraise for Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina:* "An appropriately serious and occasionally gruesome tale of surviving Hurricane Katrina, buoyed by large doses of hope and humor." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewPraise for The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg: A Newbery Honor book "A swashbuckling and humorous tale of adventure." -- The Boston Globe* "A rip-roaring adventure." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review"A captivating read." -- The Horn Book Praise for Freak the Mighty: * "A wonderful story... memorable and luminous... somewhat different and very special." -- School Library Journal, starred review


Product Details
ISBN: 9781338719086
ISBN-10: 1338719084
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: December 7th, 2021
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: My Name Is America