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Sacajawea

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  342 ratings  ·  43 reviews
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 into ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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Randa Asad
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 ...more
Carolynne
Mar 11, 2010 Carolynne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carolynne by: Booklist, SLJ
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 ...more
Kathy Ramirez
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 ...more
Ian Wood
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 warty

Tsakakawias 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
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Melanie
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.

Angel

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

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Caitlin
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 t
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Maggie
I really enjoyed this account of the Lewis and Clark journey. It is especially more interesting when history is told from many perspectives. Good addition to any classroom and school library.
Tamara
Love this story
Amy Perry
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.
Ryan D'angelo
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.
Wesley Andrews
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!
Lyd Stew
This book was interesting. It was neat to learn why Sacajawea was such an important character in our history and what went on along that expedition. I liked how it was stylized to match her Indian heritage, and included stories and cultural samples. It didn't move really fast, but it was still interesting.
Nancy
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...as they are telling it to Sacajawea's young son. I have read many stories of Sacajawea, this is one of my favorites.
Barbara
Book is a mixture of Sacajawea's story as told to her son, excerpts from Lewis and Clark's expedition diaries, William Clark's story as told to Sacajawea's son and Native American legends.
All good except for William Clark talking to Sacajawea's son. That got a little tedious.
Maria
Aug 12, 2011 Maria added it
A fictionalized account of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, told from the points of view of Sacajawea and William Clark. A lot of research went into this - there are even excerpts from Lewis and Clark's actual diaries. But it doesn't get bogged down in t
Kristin


I liked hearing all the stories and adventures. I've never heard most of them before. It gave me a new respect for how brave she was not to mention Louis & Clark. The only part I didn't like us that the whole book is talking to her son.
Vicki
Good historial account of the encounter of Sacajawea and how she assisted the travels of the Lewis & Clark expedition. She was much younger than I thought, only 16. Enjoyable and educational. Bought my copy at a museum gift store.
Samantha
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.
Jenny
The story of the Lewis and Clark expedition told in alternating chapters by Lewis and Sacajawea, to her son. Indian captives, grizzly bear attacks, harsh winters, and amazing sights fill the amazing journey.
Corinne
Aug 06, 2008 Corinne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 12 and up
Excellent retelling of the life of Sacajawea. The story of her journey is told to her son by herself and by William Clark. Author keeps as true to historical fact as possible.
Klschack
I enjoyed this book. It gave a voice to Sacajawea that is often unheard. The relationship with the different tribes across the country was interesting also
Tamlynn
The only thing I didn't like about this audio book was Sacagawea's accent. I don't know if it is realistic or not, but I thought it sounded fake.
Holly
Interesting. I enjoyed the story/information, but I wasn't a fan of the style of writing. It was worth my time though... :)
Carolyn
Hadn't realized this was a YA audiobook, but it was fine for an overview. Would be great for teens and older pre-teens.
Anna


Just could not get into this. It was disjointed and repetitive. Ended up putting it down before finishing.
Collette Violette
Good book done in the voices of the two best characters. Now if everyone would just pronounce it correctly!
Mary Ellen
A children's biography, but for older readers or readers who are really into history.
Jamie
I love books about native american's. I love history and this looked interesting
Lugene
Interesting take from her side of the journey. Anxious to read more about it.
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Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by wh ...more
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