The Story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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Sacajawea, a Shoshoni Indian interpreter, peacemaker, and guide, and William Clark alternate in describing their experinces on the Lewis and Clark expedition to the northwest.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Signature, 2000
ISBN: 9780439280686
Branch Call Number: BRUC
Characteristics: 199 p. : map


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Jul 06, 2017

This is the second Joseph Bruchac book that I have read. He does such meticulous research for his historical novels, so you know that the story is going to be as true to life as possible.

Bruchac came up with a creative format for this novel: the narration switches every chapter, alternating between Sacajawea's voice and William Clark's voice. It's interesting to compare the two narrators' perspectives. Each of Sacajawea's chapters begins with a traditional native story (mostly Shoshone), and each of Clark's chapters begins with an extract from his expedition journal; these bonus tidbits enrich the novel.

In terms of characterization, Bruchac does a good job of making Sacajawea, Lewis, and Clark seem realistic: they are not perfect heroes, but ordinary people who did some heroic things.


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Jul 06, 2017

Violence: Toward the end of the book, there is a graphic description of a suicide.

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