Did you know that an African-American man participated in Lewis and Clark's famous expedition? Working alongside free men, William Clark's slave York played an important role in the journey s success. This award-winning book draws on extensive research to give a gripping and insightful account of York s significant contribution to this landmark historical event. ''Kirkus Reviews'' gives the book a starred review: ''Full of maps, sketches, portraits, and other archival materials . . . one of the best new works on the subject.'' ''Your shelves may be bulging with Lewis and Clark expedition books . . . but make room for this one.'' Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for outstanding non-fiction for children. 100+ illus.
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Rhoda Blumberg has written about the opening of Japan (1853-1854) in Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, a Newbery Honor Book, which also won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the Golden Kite Award. Her acclaimed histories also include The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark, The Great American Gold Rush, and The Remarkable Voyages of Captain Cook, all ALA Notable Books. She is the winner of the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to nonfiction.
Rhoda Blumberg says that while doing research for Commodore Perry, "I read about the ordeals and strange adventures of Manjiro, then spent years replaying his life story in my mind until I felt impelled to write about him."
The author and her husband, Gerald, live in Yorktown Heights, New York.
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