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Sacajawea

3.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  439 Ratings  ·  55 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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Ana Maria Rînceanu
I really, really wanted to like this more, but given the constant switching of perspectives and the author's writing style, this book provided a lot of well-documented information in the form of fiction, but not much else. Maybe if I'd read it as a child I would have like it more.
Randa Asad
Oct 10, 2012 Randa Asad rated it liked it
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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
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.

Elizabeth
I’m fudging a little here as this is a fictionalized account of Sacajawea and her part in the Lewis and Clark expedition. However, Bruchac did extensive research and drew very heavily on journals of the expedition as well as consulting Native sources, including modern relatives of Sacajawea. So I’m going to count it.

I feel very foolish reading this book. I knew next to nothing about the Lewis and Clark expedition and even less about Sacajawea. She was captured around 12 years old and taken capti
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Angel
Jan 16, 2014 Angel rated it liked it

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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Carolynne
Mar 11, 2010 Carolynne rated it really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2012 Kathy Ramirez rated it really liked it
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
Abi Jewett
Mar 23, 2015 Abi Jewett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sacajawea was a 16 year old girl who was captured at a young age and taken captive from her homeland. She belonged to the Shoshone Tribe until then. Once captured, she became of the Hidatsa Tribe, but she had promised never to forget who she really was. Soon, Lewis and Clark came about and found her, and she joined with them on their expedition. Sacajawea was seen as an interpreter along with other valuable characteristics that would prove worthy along the trip.
As the expedition was sailing u
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Ian Wood
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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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Joan
Mar 05, 2015 Joan rated it liked it
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Sacajawea is only 14 when she and her husband are asked to join the Lewis and Clark expedition to the West to explore the Louisiana Purchase. As a young girl Sacajawea is stolen from her tribe and becomes a slave, later purchased by her husband who is portrayed as a fool. The book is told to Sacajawea's young son by Sacajawea and Clark. The expedition is an amazing travel experience, trying to prepare the Indians for Americans soon to come and trying to get the Indians to have peace among them. ...more
Mel
Nov 27, 2015 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each chapter alternates in the viewpoint of Capt. Clark and Sacajawea as the story of their journey being told to Sacajawea's Firstborn Son (as she refers to him) and Pomp as Clark refers to him. Though Pomp never has a first person voice, his questions are brought up and answered by Clark or Sacajawea.
I don't particularly care for alternating viewpoint chapters, but I got used to it as the author gives more information of the journey to capture the reader. Of course it's not as detailed as the
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Kiirsi Hellewell
Aug 15, 2015 Kiirsi Hellewell rated it liked it
I love this author's writing and I'm fascinated by this period of American history, so I really enjoyed learning more about Lewis and Clark's journey.

My one issue, though, is that things were skipped over so much. One of the two narrators would say something like "we didn't know that the next 15 days were going to be such a horrible, torturous journey" and that would make me think we were going to get some detail on that journey through the mountains. But the very next page or paragraph would b
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Samantha
Nov 13, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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.
Jacob Hernandez
Jan 11, 2016 Jacob Hernandez rated it really liked it
This is a good book about the exploration after Thomas Jefferson had purchased acres of land from the French. Sacajawea, the Indian woman accompanies the white men in their expedition and taught them the ways of survival in the mountains and wild. Also the book is about the hardships of the Indians and how they were ran out of their own land by the white men. Nearing the end of the book Sacajawea lives a successful life with her husband Charbonneau and their child Jean, they all lived in St. Lou ...more
Caitlin
Apr 09, 2014 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, amazing
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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Eden
Although Sacajawea was an important member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, not too much is known about her life. The documents with details about her and her life are written by others. So although they can tell you things she did, her reactions to different situations, without any accounts from Sacajawea herself, no one will ever truly know what Sacajawea thought.

The book has the chapters switching from the perspective of Sacajawea and William Clark. I think that Joseph Bruchac did well with
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Trish Remley
Aug 10, 2015 Trish Remley rated it liked it
Listened to this book on tape on way out to Maine. Already knew quite a bit, but did still learn quite a few more details. As the way it was read, would be a good book for young kids to listen to on a car trip.
Maggie
Dec 18, 2014 Maggie rated it liked it
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.
Christine
Abandoned. I was looking for a little more umph!
Mr. Graham
Educational, but very boring.
Tamara
Aug 15, 2014 Tamara rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 27, 2012 Ryan D'angelo rated it really liked it
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
Aug 23, 2013 Wesley Andrews rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 25, 2013 Lyd Stew rated it liked it
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
Apr 20, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
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
Nov 19, 2013 Kristin rated it it was ok


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
Jun 06, 2012 Vicki rated it liked it
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.
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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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