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To Stay Alive

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To Stay Alive
Written by Skila Brown
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781536203691
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To Stay Alive
Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party

author: Skila Brown

Nineteen-year-old Mary Ann Graves is hopeful about her family’s new life in California, even if the journey west by wagon train promises to be long and arduous for her and her parents and eight siblings. But with a late start and an early winter in the Sierra Nevada, 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.

“In this compelling verse novel, Brown imagines the Donner Party’s harrowing survival tale. . . . A nuanced and haunting portrayal of the indomitable human spirit.” — The Horn Book (starred review)
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1536203696 /  9781536203691
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Middle-grade Novel / Paperback
age range:
10 yrs - 14 yrs
# of pages/size:
304 / 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
grade range:
Grade 5 - Grade 9
Historical; Action & Adventure; Stories In Verse (see Also Poetry);
author’s comments:
Skila Brown has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of the novel Caminar and the picture book Slickety Quick: Poems about Sharks, illustrated by Bob Kolar. Skila Brown lives in Indiana with her husband and their three children.
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