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Sacajawea Young Sacajawea has been asked to join Lewis and Clark in their exploration of the American West As a translator peacemaker caretaker and guide Sacajawea alone will make the historic journey of Le

  • Title: Sacajawea
  • Author: Joseph Bruchac
  • ISBN: 9780439280686
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • Young Sacajawea has been asked to join Lewis and Clark in their exploration of the American West As a translator, peacemaker, caretaker, and guide, Sacajawea alone will make the historic journey of Lewis and Clark possible This captivating novel, which is told in alternating points of view by Sacajawea herself and by William Clark provides an intimate glimpse intoYoung Sacajawea has been asked to join Lewis and Clark in their exploration of the American West As a translator, peacemaker, caretaker, and guide, Sacajawea alone will make the historic journey of Lewis and Clark possible This captivating novel, which is told in alternating points of view by Sacajawea herself and by William Clark provides an intimate glimpse into what it would have been like to witness firsthand this fascinating time in our history.

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    1. Ana Rînceanu on said:

      I really, really wanted to like this more, but given the constant switching of perspectives and the author's writing style, this book provided a lot of well-documented information in the form of fiction, but not much else. Maybe if I'd read it as a child I would have like it more.

    2. Randa Asad on said:

      In this book the author starts off the story with Sacajawea being a baby.When Sacajawea turns 10 she got kidnapped by the Hidatsa Indians. I personally thought it was okay. I would give it a 3 out of 5, because it was absolutely descriptive, but at the same time boring and exhausting to read. It requires loads of deep thinking, several questions, and an incredible understanding. This book was kind of hard for me to understand and it took me time to do so. I would recommend this book to a 7th or [...]

    3. Anna on said:

      This was an interesting book. Told from the alternating perspectives of Sacajawea and William Clark, it chronicles the journey of Lewis and Clark to the Pacific. I cannot say much about the story, since it was true. The writing was engaging and the story well depicted. It did make me sad, though, about Lewis' death at the end, and I didn't like Charbonneau much at all. It was awkward that Sacajawea was braver than her husband. But, like I said, the author cannot be blamed much for this, since he [...]

    4. Melanie on said:

      Beautiful, beautiful writing from J. Bruchac, as always. Sacajawea's story is told from alternating viewpoints, hers as well as William Clark's. Actual correspondence or diary entries introduce Clarks entries and tribal tales introduce Sacajawea's entries. The storyline is easy to follow as it is being told to Pomp, Sacajawea's son by her husband who was also on the journey.Fans of historical and/or American Indian fiction will enjoy this story.

    5. Faith :) on said:

      I’ve always been obsessed over Sacajawea. Since I was a little kid- she has been my favorite historical person to study. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    6. Elizabeth on said:

      I’m fudging a little here as this is a fictionalized account of Sacajawea and her part in the Lewis and Clark expedition. However, Bruchac did extensive research and drew very heavily on journals of the expedition as well as consulting Native sources, including modern relatives of Sacajawea. So I’m going to count it.I feel very foolish reading this book. I knew next to nothing about the Lewis and Clark expedition and even less about Sacajawea. She was captured around 12 years old and taken c [...]

    7. Samantha Lindeman on said:

      This detailed biography is told in a way that really shows Sacajawea's role in the expedition. Even though I was taught that she carried her baby along the way, I never understood the implications of that reality. After reading this, I now recognize that I was definitely taught the "white" history of this story, which left out a lot of important information.

    8. Carolynne on said:

      Told in two points of view in alternate chapters, _Sacajawea_ consists of stories told to her young son Pomp by her and by William Clark, one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Missouri River Valley and the way west to the Pacific Ocean. Bruchac uses traditional Indian storytelling style and begins each of Sacajawea's chapters with a traditional legend, often featuring the trickster, Coyote. Each of Clark's chapters begins with an excerpt from his actual diary. Toget [...]

    9. Angel on said:

      Sacajawea was a young Shoshone Native American who was born in the late 1780s. When she was ten she was kidnapped by a raiding group of Hidatsa Indians and was taken away from her tribe. She got married to a french-canadian fur trader named Toussaint Charbonneau, who later on became a nuisance to the Lewis and Clark expedition. He was hired by them to translate Indian languages but Sacajawea did most of the work and went above and beyond by doing a bunch of helpful things without getting paid to [...]

    10. Kathy Ramirez on said:

      I think this book would be a great tool to incorporate both the sujects of Langauge Arts and History in a classroom of students. Since this story is written with Sacajawea, Louis, and Clark all having their own part in speaking as the narrator, I think this book would be excellent in evaluating character analysis in a classroom. By reading each historical figure's parts, students can write upon each character's motives, goals, characteristics, and admirable qualities. Also, since most of the tim [...]

    11. Samantha on said:

      Well, this audio book was so-so. The narrator doing Sacajawea's part was highly annoying. I did enjoy learning more about her part in the Lewis and Clark expedition, so it was worthwhile in the end.

    12. Savannah on said:

      Title: SacajaweaAuthor: Joseph BruchacGenre: Historical FictionTheme(s): Louisiana Purchase, Louis and Clark’s expedition, Native AmericansOpening line/sentence: “First born son, how has your day been?”Brief Book Summary: The story of the famous Louis and Clark expedition is told from the point of view of both Sacajawea and William Clark. The author remains true to the events of one of the most important American history events, and gives the reader two different insights. Excerpts from Wi [...]

    13. Richelle on said:

      Sacajawea, by Joseph Bruchac, is one of those books that happened to surprised me. I was expecting a book all about Sacajawea. in your face writing about Sacajawea. Even the cover gives that impression. I was wrong in such thinking! Don't judge this book by the cover it gives it no justice.I felt like I was sitting around a camp fire with William Clark and a child, then in the alternating chapters in a tent watching Sacajawea about her tasks as she talks to the child. It was an interesting voice [...]

    14. Jenni on said:

      I think judging by the other reviews here, I think it's good that I listened to the audiobook version. Read by a woman for Sacajawea's chapters, and a man for William Clark's chapters, it made it quite interesting, and alive. The chapters and perspectives alternated and each started with either a Native American story or an excerpt from Clark's journal. I would say it is geared toward the younger reader, but I enjoyed it just as much as an adult. I really learned a lot about the Corps of Discove [...]

    15. Kiena on said:

      First book I read in preparation for an upcoming trip on the Lewis and Clark trail. I enjoyed the storytelling style. Great introduction to an interesting woman.

    16. Nancy Shaffer on said:

      Very good historical book prior to my visit to the Northwest Territory.

    17. Ian Wood on said:

      This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here.I rated this novel wartyTsakakawias had many variations on her name, which wasn't her original Shoshoni name anyway, but since, as far as I can tell, Tsakakawias is closest to her native name - the one she became most commonly known by in her ow [...]

    18. Juliet-Camille on said:

      This feels like something you might be forced to read in an American History class. The writing was clinical and gives the illusion of vavacity, but its cold and lifeless. The themes and character motivations really bothered me in this - Sacajawea is essential a kidnap victim but that fact is completely glossed over. No Native in this entire story has any qualms about what Lewis and Clark were doing. There was a very "give-us-your-whiskey-and-smallpox-infested-blankets" feel.

    19. Abi Jewett on said:

      Sacajawea was a 16 year old girl who was captured at a young age and taken captive from her homeland. She belonged to the Shoshone Tribe until then. Once captured, she became of the Hidatsa Tribe, but she had promised never to forget who she really was. Soon, Lewis and Clark came about and found her, and she joined with them on their expedition. Sacajawea was seen as an interpreter along with other valuable characteristics that would prove worthy along the trip.As the expedition was sailing upri [...]

    20. Mel on said:

      Each chapter alternates in the viewpoint of Capt. Clark and Sacajawea as the story of their journey being told to Sacajawea's Firstborn Son (as she refers to him) and Pomp as Clark refers to him. Though Pomp never has a first person voice, his questions are brought up and answered by Clark or Sacajawea. I don't particularly care for alternating viewpoint chapters, but I got used to it as the author gives more information of the journey to capture the reader. Of course it's not as detailed as the [...]

    21. Eden on said:

      Although Sacajawea was an important member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, not too much is known about her life. The documents with details about her and her life are written by others. So although they can tell you things she did, her reactions to different situations, without any accounts from Sacajawea herself, no one will ever truly know what Sacajawea thought.The book has the chapters switching from the perspective of Sacajawea and William Clark. I think that Joseph Bruchac did well with [...]

    22. Ralph Miranda- on said:

      This book was really good and I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book to all of my peers and friends if they want a good non-fiction book and adventurous.

    23. Joan on said:

      Sacajawea is only 14 when she and her husband are asked to join the Lewis and Clark expedition to the West to explore the Louisiana Purchase. As a young girl Sacajawea is stolen from her tribe and becomes a slave, later purchased by her husband who is portrayed as a fool. The book is told to Sacajawea's young son by Sacajawea and Clark. The expedition is an amazing travel experience, trying to prepare the Indians for Americans soon to come and trying to get the Indians to have peace among them. [...]

    24. Kiirsi Hellewell on said:

      I love this author's writing and I'm fascinated by this period of American history, so I really enjoyed learning more about Lewis and Clark's journey. My one issue, though, is that things were skipped over so much. One of the two narrators would say something like "we didn't know that the next 15 days were going to be such a horrible, torturous journey" and that would make me think we were going to get some detail on that journey through the mountains. But the very next page or paragraph would b [...]

    25. Jacob Hernandez on said:

      This is a good book about the exploration after Thomas Jefferson had purchased acres of land from the French. Sacajawea, the Indian woman accompanies the white men in their expedition and taught them the ways of survival in the mountains and wild. Also the book is about the hardships of the Indians and how they were ran out of their own land by the white men. Nearing the end of the book Sacajawea lives a successful life with her husband Charbonneau and their child Jean, they all lived in St. Lou [...]

    26. Caitlin on said:

      Sacajawea is amazing.This book is very inspirational. What she had to go through to get to her family is unbearable. SPOILERS 1)Sacajawea had a son named Pomp witch I never knew.2)Sacajawea was taken away from her family by the Black feet indians also what I never knew.Sacajawea was recommended to me by Hanna. Thank you. Sacajawea would be a great book for anybody who likes nonfiction,adventure, and to learn about different tribes. Really this book might have had a cliffhanger ending but the boo [...]

    27. Amy Perry on said:

      I'd never even contemplated American history before (very snobbish of me) and although I'm still very new to the history of America, it's something I'm really enjoying and would like to devote more time to. I loved this story (because story it ultimately is) but the history behind it is fascinating and tragic and shrouded in so much mystery it makes me want to know more about the native Americans and their place in American history.

    28. Ryan D'angelo on said:

      Sacajawea by Joseph Bruchac is a fictionalized account of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This story is told from the points of view of Sacajawea and William Clark. Bruchac includes excerpts from Lewis and Clark's actual diaries. Overall, I believe that this is a great historical fiction book which allows the young readers to explore the adventures of Lewis and Clark and their encounter with Sacajawea.

    29. Nancy on said:

      Very well written and informative story. Loved the Sacajawea chapters the best. The chapters alternate between she and Captain William Clark's story of their historic trip together they are telling it to Sacajawea's young son. I have read many stories of Sacajawea, this is one of my favorites.

    30. Wesley Andrews on said:

      Amazing! I absolutely loved this book. It is an easy read and a great starting point for a study of Western Expansion. I followed it up with National Geographic's 60-minute Lewis and Clark documentary which provided vivid reenactments of some of the most thrilling experiences on their journey. This is one if the greatest adventure stories ever told!

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