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
I am a serious student of history, political, economic, military history, read copiously, often 2-3 books a week, and I have found this knowledge to be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing: I understand what I have read, and I prefer original sources. The curse: mankind is really doomed to repeat the same errors endlessly. Do I take myself seriously? Not really, even though the characters I use in my books all have some basis in reality, I have found that the passions of youth really do mellow out as one gets older. I do take great pride in using weapons and systems that either actually exist, or are theoretically possible. Also the combat situations I describe are as accurate as I can make them. In my book Destruction of Civilization; The Apocalypse Begins the scariest part of writing it was seeing that the preconditions necessary for the story to actually happen were happening. I have now completed the next volume in the Death of Civilization series, Death of Civilization; Reclamation. The Death of Civilization continues with the novel I am currently hard at work on; Death of Civilization; Disaster! Extinction Earth! was a very enjoyable book to write and I have started the next volume in this series also. As a person, I am a grandfather of 3, a father of 2 boys and a girl, have been married to the same wonderful woman for 45 years, and have made, and lost, two fortunes, but have made my third, so I stopped while I was ahead. If you have questions, suggestions, or whatever, my author e-mail is; firstname.lastname@example.org. I do try to check my mail daily but sometimes I forget because I'm having too much fun killing off a character or two.