The Donner Party expedition is one of the most notorious stories in all of American history. It's also a fascinating snapshot of the westward expansion of the United States, and the families and individuals who sacrificed so much to build new lives in a largely unknown landscape. From the preparation for the journey to each disastrous leg of the trip, this book shows the specific bad decisions that led to the party's predicament in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The graphic novel focuses on the struggles of the Reed family to tell the true story of the catastrophic journey.
This popular topic is a perfect addition to the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales brand, and a great showcase for Hale's storytelling skills.
Praise for "Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party"
"This informative graphic novel capitalizes on enticingly gross history to great effect, balancing raw facts with strong storytelling."
YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens List 2014
New York Public Library's list: Children's Books list: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2014
About the Author
Nathan Hale is the author and illustrator of the picture book "The Devil You Know", and the illustrator of "The Dinosaur's Night Before Christmas", "Animal House", and "Balloon on the Moon". He has also illustrated two graphic novels, "Rapunzel's Revenge" and "Calamity Jack" by Shannon and Dean Hale.