Friday, May 15, 2015

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party:

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party by: Nathan Hale
Non-fiction: History, Graphic Novel, Children's, Humor 126 pages
Book Count: 15

This book series is written by Nathan Hale (not the famous patriot) and is narrated by Nathan Hale (the famous one.)  Of course, the Donner Party takes place long after Hale was killed.  But the story starts out with the idea that because Nathan Hale is in the history books, he can know all the stories from the history books.  So he knows both the past and the future.  And he is telling these stories to his executioners as he waits for them to kill him.

This book goes into great details about how the Donner party ended up in the situation that they did.  It even includes a chart of everyone in the party: if they died, how, and if they were eaten.  It also includes some info on what happened to the survivors after. It tells the story of the group from when the Donner and Reed families started out from Illinois until they end up in California.  It uses the memoir of Virginia Reed as a main source. It also cuts to Hale telling the story and interacting with his executioners for comedic effect.  It includes unusual facts like: that all 9 of the Breen family survived even though they ranged in age from 51 to 1,  and one person died from over eating after being rescued. 

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