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Young George Shannon joins Lewis and Clark on their two-year trek across the Western United States in a well-researched and lavishly illustrated story full of bear attacks, raging rivers, and encounters with Native Americans.
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Kate McMullan is the author of many books for young readers, including I Stink!, winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor; I'm Mighty; and Meg's Prairie Diary, a historical fiction trilogy set in St. Louis and Kansas in 1856. She has been fascinated by the Lewis and Clark Expedition since the age of ten, when an uncle told her about an ancestor who had gone on the expedition. That ancestor was sixteen-year-old George Shannon. Ms. McMullan lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband and collaborator, noted illustrator Jim McMullan, their daughter, two cats, and a dog.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8–The true story of the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Corps of Discovery is as exciting as any adventure story. McMullan has created a highly detailed account of this journey using her ancestor George Shannon, an actual teenage member of the Corps of Discovery, as the author of this fictional journal. She has taken some liberties with the truth, placing her fictional Shannon in a more adventurous part of the expedition than he was in real life. The book follows the Corps as it goes up the Missouri River and west to the Pacific, with the teen describing the hardships they faced and the adventures they had. Some sketches and maps clarify the prose. The journal has an authentic tone using sentence structure and vocabulary that could have been written at that time, but Shannon's personality doesn't come through. As fiction this is disappointing, leaving readers wanting richer character development. The imaginary journal McMullan has created here is replete with historical information, but is basically a nonfiction book with some elements of fiction attached. Some factual accounts, such as Rhoda Blumberg's The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark (HarperTrophy, 1995) and Elizabeth Cody Kimmel's As Far as the Eye Can Reach (Random, 2003) are more engrossing.–Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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Book Description Joanna Cotler Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2004. Hardcover. Condition: BRAND NEW. Dust Jacket Condition: BRAND NEW [Mylar Protected]. Yorinks, Adrienne (illustrator). First Edition [Stated]. [266 pp] . FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER - NEW in NEW Mylar-protected DJ. George Shannon was the youngest member of the crew that journeyed with Capts. Lewis and Clark from 1803 and 1806. This historical fiction is an excellent introduction to both the expansion history of America and a lesson to aspiring writers on the value of keeping journals beginning at a young age. The prefect gift for the young explorer in your familty. GIFT QUALITY. Seller Inventory # 04551
Book Description HarperCollins, 2004. Condition: New. Adrienne Yorinks (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M006008099X
Book Description HarperCollins, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX006008099X