Lovina's Song: A Pioneer Girl's Journey With the Donner Party

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Recounts Lovina's journey as she joins the Donner Party on their wagon train to California, not expecting to fight for survival through Indian attacks, snowstorms, and steep mountains.

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Marian Rudolph lives in Napa, California, where she was an elementary teacher and a Miller-Unruh reading specialist for over twenty years. She coordinated a parent education project at the Napa Adult School and is a popular storyteller. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from San Francisco State University and holds a Reading Specialist Teaching Credential. Marian and her husband, Ross, have five children, nine grandchildren, and a cocker spaniel named Chenin Blanc. Lovinas Song is her first book.

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Grade 5-8-Considering the subject matter, this novel is surprisingly dull. Lovina Graves, 11, and her family leave Illinois for California in 1846. They eventually join the Donner Party near Fort Laramie in Wyoming and try an alleged shortcut that may have worked, if not for the treacherous winter. The story is supposedly told by Lovina to her granddaughter many years later, which makes the third-person narration a bit confusing. At one point the child interrupts to ask her grandmother about the gruesome rumors of cannibalism. The woman gently explains that while it did happen, she had escaped the valley by then, that starvation is a horrible way to die, and "these poor people were haunted by the memories of what happened to them for the rest of their lives." The entire book suffers from a lack of immediacy. The details of the journey all sound generic, as if culled from a history textbook rather than actual personal experience, and all of the names, dates, and places only add to the plodding, almost wooden prose. Uninspired line drawings only compound the effect. The characters never seem to lift off the page to reveal the human drama that must have unfolded.
Carrie Schadle, Beginning with Children School, New York City
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