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All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2013-11-07
Number of pages: 236
WINNER OF 2017 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD: DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION In 1846 the Reed and Donner families leave Illinois on a 2,000-mile journey to California in search of free land and a healthy climate. Thirteen-year-old Virginia Reed is thrilled to ride ahead of the wagons each day beside her adored father. 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 acknowledges 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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