Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Book Review - Blazing West, the Journal of Augustus Pelletier, the Lewis and Clark Expedition
About the Book
Newbery Honor author Kathryn Lasky's exciting JOURNAL OF AUGUSTUS PELLETIER is now in paperback with a dynamic repackaging!
Fourteen-year-old Augustus, half French, half Omaha Indian, sets out to proof himself worthy of Lewis and Clark on their great adventure of discovery. He follows the explorers for two hundred miles before making his presence known to the commanding captain of the Corps of Discovery, Meriwether Lewis, himself. Gus's ability to read and write makes him useful to the explorers, and he starts to keep a record of their travels. But traveling west isn't easy, and the company faces constant danger. Is Augustus a tough enough explorer to survive such hardships?
My Take on the Book
This book takes you on a great historical journey that will open your eyes to the wild world that surrounded the Lewis and Clark expedition. While not a non-fiction book, the book seemed well researched and the author did a great job at connecting the reader to the world in which was explored. As you are reading you truly get transported there which makes the book a fun and exciting book to read and share with your children. My eldest was just learning about Lewis and Clark recently so this book was a perfect addition to what she had learned, and she said that this was "an awesome book". All-in-all this was well written and a great read for any lover of historical fiction!
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