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

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Stay Alive: The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds, The Donner Party Expedition, 1846 (My Name Is America) By Rodman Philbrick Cover Image


The Newbery Honor-winning author of Wildfire and Freak the Mighty 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 slows the expedition 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:

Praise For…

Praise for Stay Alive:

"Young listeners who love the I Survived series will devour (sorry) this fictional account of one of the most famous stroies of survival." --Booklist

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 review

Praise for Wildriver:

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"An action tale for young readers that's impossible to put down. Readers will need to strap on their helmets and prepare for a wild ride."–Kirkus Reviews

Praise 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