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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 | Skila Brown
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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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Peddler410
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This is my current read in my #novelsinverse adventure. I‘m way behind in post what I‘ve read—I‘ll catch up!

#novelinverse #poetrychallenge2018

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Autumn
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Loved this! It was a two-day fling cheating on Stephen King‘s 11/22/63
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Autumn
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It‘s a perfect day to start this tale of adventure & tragedy. A YA story told in verse.

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littlelibrarian
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A YA novel about the Donner Party. I‘m intrigued. 🤔

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BucklingBookshelves
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It's writing like this that has me appreciating poetry and novels-in-verse more and more these days.

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Kelly
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Donner party YA in verse (with life-changing ice cream)

pocketmermaid I must read this! I loved the graphic novel "Donner Dinner Party"! 3y
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MeganAlice
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I was completely engrossed with this novel in verse!