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The Donner Party

In 1846 a group of travelers left Springfield, Illinois, bound for California under the leadership of George Donner and James Reed, popularly known as the Donner Party. Their ill-fated journey in the snows of the Sierra Nevadas has become the source of legend and myth. Now, poet and novelist Alan Wolf, uses multiple voices from various perspectives to narrate this notorious chapter as a novel-in-verse: The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep: Voices from the Donner Party. Unprecedented in its detail and sweep, this haunting epic raises questions about moral ambiguity, hope and resilience, and hunger. This book is written for young adults, but older ones will also like it. The Sly Fox also has a graphic novel called The Donner Dinner Party, and a party game by the same name.


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