Donner Dinner Party

Donner Dinner Party

Graphic Novel - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781419708565
Characteristics: 123 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm


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Jun 08, 2017

Surprising tasteful book, pun intended.

JCLChrisK Feb 17, 2014

Like, I'm sure, most people, I vaguely remember learning about the Donner Party in my U.S. history classes. What I remember: pioneers, mountains, snow, cannibalism. No details or people, which I didn't think were all that important or compelling. So I was surprised to find that such an engaging, entertaining story could be told about the tragedy. In typical Hazardous Tales style, Nathan Hale has found a way to balance historical facts, melodramatic personalities, broad humor, grim realities, and exceptional artwork into a fascinating tale. There are numerous warnings about the gruesome content well in advance to soften the shock of encountering it, and it is shared without detail or embellishment. The rest of the content, on the other hand, is embellished with unexpected details that make the book all the more exciting. Even though I knew the general outcome the book was heading toward, I found myself caught up in the suspense of wanting to know just how it would happen. This is history at its best, and I expect young readers will find themselves enthralled and captivated.

Mark_Daly Nov 16, 2013

The humor in the early pages seems inappropriate, given the somber nature of the subject. But the tale of the doomed pioneers unfolds like a true-crime story, with all of the fateful decisions and missed opportunities carefully depicted. It's a gripping story, and Hale does a masterful job of packing in all sorts of telling details in the story and art. Recommended.


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JCLChrisK Feb 17, 2014

Hangman: "This is the worst story of all time! This can't possibly get any worse!
Nathan Hale: "Brace yourself. It gets much, much worse. In fact, reader, the next part of this tale is not for the faint of heart. Horrible things are going to happen. If you are easily upset, you may want to skip ahead to page 113."
Hangman: "Do it! Do it! Skip to page 113! For the love of fuzzy puppies! I can't bear to see any more cute li'l animals eaten!"
Nathan Hale: "Oh, they won't be eating animals."
Hangman: "They won't!? What a relief!"
Provost: "What DO they eat?"
Nathan Hale: "You are about to find out. Or you can skip ahead to 113."


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