Sacagawea: Girl of the Shining Mountains

 
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At age eleven, Sacagawea was kidnapped by an enemy tribe, forced into slavery, and later married off to a fur trader more than twice her age. Now sixteen and a new mother, she's about to serve as a guide for one of the greatest expeditions in U.S. history-the Journey of Discovery led by Lewis and Clark. This compelling novel about Sacagawea is now available in paperback, just in time for the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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About the Author:

Judith St. George has published dozens of successful nonfiction books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning So You Want to Be President? and the historical Turning Point series, including You’re On Your Way, Teddy RooseveltStand Tall, Abe Lincoln; and Take the Lead, George Washington. You can visit her online at www.judithstgeorge.com.

From Kirkus Reviews:

So little is known of Sacagawea's life before or after the Lewis and Clark Expedition that its story and hers are virtually the same, but St. George (To See with the Heart, 1996, etc.) enhances her account of the journey's oft-told incidents and accomplishments with a character portrait based on research and her own intuition. St. George does not invent dialogue, but recreates scenes, such as Sacagawea's childhood capture by Minnetaree raiders, and suggests thoughts and attitudes: that Sacagawea would have marveled at the oddly regimented habits of the explorers and the way they continued to regard her people as children despite all evidence to the contrary; and that she lost her fear of them by watching them celebrate Christmas. As Sacagawea's pivotal role as translator, provisioner, and peacemaker is clearly laid out, she takes on a heroic cast, as a woman both savvy and wise, cool in emergencies (in sharp contrast to her no-account French-Canadian husband) and, with her newborn son, as much a comfort to the 33 members of the ``Corps of Discovery'' as she is an employee. It's a credible construct, enlivened by colorful details (``Dinner was spoiled elk, roots and rotten fish'') and supported with a sturdy bibliography (although no specific citations). (maps, not seen) (Biography. 11-13) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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