The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep Study Guide

In 1846, a group of emigrants bound for California face a choice: continue on their planned route or take a shortcut into the wilderness. Eighty-nine of them opt for the untested trail, a decision that plunges them into danger and desperation and, finally, the unthinkable. From extraordinary poet and novelist Allan Wolf comes a riveting retelling of the ill-fated journey of the Donner Party across the Sierra Nevada mountains during the winter of 1846–1847. Brilliantly narrated by Hunger itself—world-weary, taunting, and all-knowing—this novel-in-verse examines a notorious chapter in history from multiple perspectives, among them caravan leaders George Donner and James Reed, Donner’s scholarly wife, two Miwok guides, the
Reed children, a sixteen-year-old orphan, and even a pair of oxen. Comprehensive back matter includes an author’s note, select character biographies, statistics, a time line of events, and more. Unprecedented in its detail and sweep, this haunting epic raises stirring questions about moral ambiguity, hope and resilience, and hunger of all kinds

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