All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party

All We Left Behind Virginia Reed and the Donner Party It is and thirteen year old Virginia Reed is pioneering two thousand miles from Illinois to California with her parents younger sister and brother and the Donner family She s proud to ride ahe

  • Title: All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party
  • Author: NancyHerman
  • ISBN: 9781490317793
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is 1846, and thirteen year old Virginia Reed is pioneering two thousand miles from Illinois to California with her parents, younger sister and brother, and the Donner family She s proud to ride ahead of the wagon train each day beside her beloved father, James.But enthusiasm turns to alarm when her father and other party leaders make decisions that put the families danIt is 1846, and thirteen year old Virginia Reed is pioneering two thousand miles from Illinois to California with her parents, younger sister and brother, and the Donner family She s proud to ride ahead of the wagon train each day beside her beloved father, James.But enthusiasm turns to alarm when her father and other party leaders make decisions that put the families dangerously behind schedule Provisions dwindle Hardships mount Anger erupts In a frantic effort to reach California before winter, the Donner Party takes an untried shortcut, with heartbreaking results.Virginia painfully realizes the fallibility of the adults in her life and begins to rely on her own judgment When the party becomes trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by early snows, she must find the courage to defy her father in order to save the rest of her family.

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    1. All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party is a story that many of us feel is familiar, but Nancy Herman tells the story in a way unlike any accounting I've ever read. Virginia Reed was thirteen years old in 1846 when her family and the Donner family left Illinois on what they thought would be the adventure of a lifetime. The state of California offered free land, a healthy environment, and a chance for a new, fresh start. It is not an easy journey, but hope for the future carries th [...]

    2. We all think we know what happened to the Donner-Reed Party. This book tells the story from the point of view of 13 year old Virginia (Puss) Reed. It is very well researched and written perfectly so that an elementary student learning about pioneers could easily read and understand. The book details the everyday occurrences that happened along the trail with vividness. The reader can begin to understand how little mistakes can add to up a huge consequence. I was a bit nervous about how the book [...]

    3. This is a wonderful historical novel for middle grade and young adult readers - and for adults! It is an account of the Donner Party's harrowing trip from Missouri to California as seen through the eyes of 13-year-old Virginia Reed. The writing is excellent and the characters come alive. You feel the suffering and pain, the love among family members and friends, and the conflicts that develop. Although I knew the basic story of the Donner Party, which was stuck in the Sierra Nevada mountains for [...]

    4. A really compelling story in which the author captures the voice of the young female narrator perfectly. It is well written and well researched. The emphasis on the difficulties in the earlier stages of the cross country trek were a revelation to me and I appreciated the fewer pages devoted to the horrific winter with which we are more familiar.

    5. Fantastic historical fiction. I was at Sutter's Fort in the gift shop when I found this book. If you are interested in historical fiction and specifically want to know more about the Donner Party, I highly recommend this book.

    6. I received this book in the mail and proceeded to read it until I had finished late that night. This book was one of those "I can't put it down" books and I even called for Chinese delivery so I didn't have to take time out to cook. The book is very well written and it seems the author really did her research. She even lives close to Donner Pass. The characters were well developed and I thought of them for days after reading the book. I can't wait for her next book!

    7. Part of Jess Walter’s novel “Beautiful Ruins” referred to The Donner Party story. It interested me enough to pick up this book so I can learn more.

    8. Amazing read I borrowed this book from my mom, after hearing her tell of how good it was. I must admit that I could not put this book down. Such a great read the story is told through the eyes of Virginia Reed, who is thirteen when her family pack's up from Illinois and heads to California. From the Beginning bad decision's are made about the right Path's to follow along the trail. Following a book called "The Emigrants Guide To Oregon and California" Written by a man named Lansford Hasting's, w [...]

    9. Thanks for awarding me a copy of this book. I enjoyed reading the book and can't imagine the hardship these pioneers faced on their westward travel.This is a fictional account of the Reed family’s travel from Springfield, Missouri to California where they were stranded at Truckee Lake for several weeks due to deep snows. The characters in the book were real and the book was based on their letters and other correspondence. Mrs. Herman did an excellent job with bringing the story to life.

    10. I received this book for free when I won it in the giveaway.I love history and am new to really studying the story of the Donner party and their tragic tale. Having said that, I love the way the author took the history and created this story of a brave young girl and the hardships she has to face during this time. This book was well written and flowed nicely. I truly appreciate the ability to read and review this book!

    11. This is a fascinating perspective of the familiar piece of CA history. Through Virginia's eyes, I forgot in some moments that I already knew what was going to happen and gasped out loud at certain plot events. This speaks to the vibrancy and urgency of the writing. I loved this book, was affected by it. Definitely recommend.

    12. Easy yet difficult readingEasy as aimed at a younger reader this version of the journey west by the Donner Party is told based on letters written by Virginia Reed. The joy, pain, and suffering is shared without graphic detail we all know anyway.

    13. I hot this book from . I enjoyed this book very much. This book can be read from many age groups such as early as 13+. I would recommend giving this book a chance.

    14. I think this is a good book for middle school students. It is interesting and engaging and teaches perseverance and hope.

    15. Great book, easy to read. Kept me reading the whole book in 2 days. Great for ages 12 and up.I received a copy from .

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