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Death in the Donner Party
ISBN: 9781512411157
Author: Oachs, Emily Rose
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Published: August 2016
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Binding Type: Library Binding

In 1846, the eighty-seven members of the Donner Party left Illinois to begin a new life in California. Many pioneers made this journey, but the Donner Party faced delays and terrible misfortune. Trapped with few supplies in the snowy Sierra Nevada for the winter, what would the travelers do to survive?

To understand the impact of a disaster, you must understand its causes. How did taking an untested shortcut affect the Donner Party's progress? How did multiple delays contribute to poor travel conditions? Investigate the disaster from a cause-and-effect perspective and find out!

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Disasters
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History
Library of Congress Subjects:
Donner Party; Juvenile literature.
Pioneers; California; History; 19th century; Juvenile literature.
Pioneers; West (U.S.); History; 19th century; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 978/.02
LCCN: 2016008861
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Cause-and-Effect Disasters
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 6.25" W
Bargain Category: Reference, Mystery, Middle School, History, Geography
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring)
Five disastrous events in American history are explored from a cause-and-effect perspective. Each volume includes four succinct chapters, first establishing setting before relating the major events and their aftermath/results (e.g., the Chicago Fire and 1888 Blizzard precipitated future building codes and public warning systems). Numerous photographs/illustrations, diagrams, sidebars, and a clear appended flow chart round out the presentations. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers the following Cause-and-Effect Disasters titles: The Jamestown Colony Disaster, Death in the Donner Party, Hurricane Katrina and the Flooding of New Orleans, The Great Chicago Fire, and The Children's Blizzard of 1888.] Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 November)
Gr 4–6—Human error can turn already dangerous situations and natural disasters into catastrophic events. Each book summarizes the topic incident from beginning to end and explains how public reaction triggered changes, such as stricter building codes after the Great Chicago Fire and a new federal weather bureau after the Blizzard of 1888. Concluding summary spreads use arrows to link together causes and effects for the disasters. Text averages about three long paragraphs per page, which allows for adequate background and detail without being too gratuitous, gory, or sensational. A major strength is the combination of large photos and high-quality maps, graphs, and charts that depict the magnitude of the disasters. There is no shortage of coverage about most of these topics, but the well-done narratives and images will help students understand the impact of each disaster on history. VERDICT A strong choice for pleasure reading and report writing.. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.