Streams to the River, River to the Sea: A Novel of Sacagawea   -     By: Scott O'Dell
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Streams to the River, River to the Sea: A Novel of Sacagawea

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1997 / Hardcover

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No woman in all of our history has captured the imagination like the young Shoshone girl, Sacagawea, who served as an interpreter and often as a guide for Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition into our uncharted West. She exists in the journals and narratives of that legendary search as a shadow, valued for her knowledge of the languages, the country and the customs of her people, but always as a shadow and a stranger. In this book, Scott O'Dell has brought Sacagawea to life and we now see Lewis and Clark's great adventure through her eyes.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 0395404304
ISBN-13: 9780395404300
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 12-14

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Publisher's Description

A young Indian woman, accompanied by her infant and her cruel husband, experiences joy and heartbreak when she joins the Lewis and Clark expedition seeking a way to the Pacific.

Author Bio

Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.

Publisher's Weekly

Once again O'Dell turns to the Native American for his subject, and in this novel he brings to life the mysterious Shoshone girl Sacagawea, interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark. Told from Sacagawea's point of view ,this is an honest, unsparing account of Indian life and the approaching whites. From the beginning, Sacagawea is calm and practical but fiercely independent; these attributes enable her to survive the succession of traumas that will prepare her for Lewis and Clark. Forced into marriage with a French trader, she is then hired with her husband by Lewis and Clark for her knowledge of the Shoshone language and lands. Sacagawea's narration of their trek often becomes unbearably agonizing as both she and her infant son are nearly killed several times. But her journey to the great sea is not only physical. It is a spiritual journey as well, as she matures in wisdom and in her love for William Clark. Finally, having been offered the white world and Clark's love, she turns away, back to her Shoshone life. This is as quiet and intriguing a re-creation as Sacagawea herself. (12-up)

Editorial Reviews

"This is action-packed drama, believably revealed by a stoic heroine who maintains her self-worth despite vagaries of fortune in which she's a pawn of men and natural forces . . . The book retains its grip on the reader to a fine-honed finish." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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