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Streams to the River, River to the Sea

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,474 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Scagawea, a Shashone Indian, guided and interpreted for explorers Lewis and Clarke as they traveled up the Mississippi, but she had adventures long before that one, like the time she was captured by the Minnetarees, and taken away from her family and everything that she knew and loved....
Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 12th 1987 by Fawcett (first published 1986)
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Mandy
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my absolute favorite book when I was in fourth grade. Even now as an adult, I'll randomly remember a part of the story and it always makes me smile. In fact, my ten year old self loved it so much that the librarian had to ask me to return it. I read it at least six times.
Megan
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone esspecially if you've studied lewis and clark!
Recommended to Megan by: School Requirement
Amazing book! I read it while we were studing Lewis and Clark and I could realate so much of it. 1 thing, on the real expidition Scacawea and Clark don't share the amout of romance as they do in the book, otherwise Scott O'Dell does an amazing job getting facts into this book.
Anna
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who enjoy torture
Recommended to Anna by: It was required reading.
I wrote a song about my experience with this book. I spent a lot of time on it, so I hope you like it.

Required reading!
It sucks so much.
Required reading!
This book turned my brain to mush.
Required reading!
I fell asleep four times.
Required reading!
This is an educational crime.
Required reading!
Why can't it be fun?
Required reading!
I am so done.

Alina
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Real rating: 3 1/2 stars

This was a really great book! Scott O'Dell is one of my favorite authors, and this book is just as wonderful as all the others I've read.

The best way to describe this, and all his books I've read, is charming. The characters were lovable, there was a good antagonist, and it was all wrapped up in a bitter sweet ending.

The fact that it revolves around the true story of Lewis and Clark was particularly interesting, and I would love to know what liberties O'Dell took, as it
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Jacob
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott O'Dell writes top notch historical fiction. This tale of Sacagawea is as captivating as it is informative, showing his strength in this genre. My only complaint is that the rich detail from Sacagawea's kidnapping to her arrival at the ocean with Lewis and Clark is capped off with a scant handful of pages for the return journey and no epilogue that tells us the fate of the key figures. Still, I am looking forward to replacing Indian in the Cupboard with this fine novel in my class this year ...more
Bart Blumberg
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: middle school girls
I'm a gr. 5 teacher and thought I'd read this to my class as a way to help cover the L&Clark unit. It was narrated from the perspective of Sacagawea and was "lite" on the L&C expedition. I'm not sure there are chapters I can read. From the perspective of an adventure by a young woman with a baby on her back and an abusive "husband," it has more appeal. Sacagawea is humanized, yet stil has a strong Native American presence. It's an "easy" read with lots of dialog, but since it is from S's ...more
Anne
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Man, I loved this book as a tween. Upon rereading as an adult who has a general working knowledge of the subject matter it covered, I see it as ridiculous. Published in an era when people still believed only girls would read books with a female protagonist and who apparently thought that females would only be interested in a book if it included romance, it spends a disproportionate amount of time on an imagined love affair between Clark and Sacagawea, rather than putting much effort into fleshin ...more
Olena
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neviah D
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Timeless classic.
Kyera
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Streams to the River, River to the Sea is the story of Sacagawea, a Shoshone Indian who guided Lewis and Clark on their journey across the United States. Although it is a relatively short book, it follows Sacagawea from her home with the Shoshone, through her time with other tribes having been kidnapped, and finally on her trek to see the ocean. The first third of the tale took place during the time that Sacagawea was shunted between different tribes. It was heartwrenching to read how much she w ...more
Rosanna Girguis
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The book Streams to the River, River to the sea, is a book that is written after a true story that happened in the past. This story is about a Shoshone, little girl that was kidnapped from her home village, to be kept somewhere she doesn't belong. Eventually, after a few short years, she was married to a man who had "saved her life". She then had her first child, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Unlike most women around her, she didn't stay at home to take care of housework or look after her newborn. ...more
Tiffany Rodriguez
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Streams to the River is about an indian girl named Sacagawea who goes from having a normal life to becoming a slave and dealing with the hardships of love and a journey . Sacagawea is captured and becomes a slave where she learns a new language , well some of it . She runs away from a guy who kidnaps her and has to be saved from Charbonneau an evil man . He declares she has to marry him and so do 2 other guys . Charbonneau wins and makes her his wife . He eventually becomes abusive and rude . Sh ...more
Daniel Cortez
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
The author Scott O' Dell takes the reader back to the time of the Lewis and Clark Exhibition. We learn about how Sacagawea had such a major impact on the adventure. For people who enjoy learning and reading about important events in history, this book is for them. It provides a thorough description of what occurred and the conditions of the voyage. However, this is not a book that I would recommend to people that are not interested in history. It has a good story and interesting plot, but it see ...more
Hernan Sanchez
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a really good book, but if you like history it would be an even better one. This story is about the narrator"Sacagawea" is about her finding who she is and what strengths does she have. The story actually starts when the Shoshone Indian princess and her cousin "running dear" get kidnapped by the Minnetaries. During these scenes, Sacagawea breaks her peaceful personalities a couple of times when she was stuck in certain situations. But she never forgot who she is and the nobility of ...more
Jessie Antonio
This book is about a independent women going on a adventure, with a man that she loves. If you like adventure and romance this is the book you will like. The beginning of the story is very sad because the main character get separated from her family. This book shows how strong and independent a women can be. The way the author told Sacagawea's story is very interesting. Sacagawea gets capture by a creature called Minnetaree, she tries to escape once, it doesn't work, she tries to escape again, a ...more
malak  Mosilhy
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was very interesting and filled with lots of adventure. "Clatsops had made a trail to the shore, but it was very steep and we had to hold on to bushes as went down one step on time." This story was beautiful because it contained a love story between the narrator and her leader. " It is you that I choose. It is you that I love, were the words that I longed to say to him." Few weaknesses that the book had were being a little confusing and the descriptions weren't clear enough. Few streng ...more
Jessie Antonio
This book is about a independent women going on a adventure, with a man that she loves. If you like adventure and romance this is the book you will like. The beginning of the story is very sad because the main character get separated from her family. This book shows how strong and independent a women can be. The way the author told Sacagawea's story is very interesting. Sacagawea gets capture by a creature called Minnetaree, she tries to escape once, it doesn't work, she tries to escape again, a ...more
Sara
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Streams to the River, River to the Sea is an exciting book about a young Indian girl named, Sacagawea. She was kidnapped from her tribe with her cousin.The whole tribe had been destroyed. Sacagawea goes on an adventure with her husband Charbonne,Meeko her baby, Cap.Lewis,Cap. Clark, and many others.During the expedition Sacagewea falls in love with Clark.Charbonne didn't treat anyone right, and only married Sacagewea because he won her over a game.Sacagewea goes on the trip to lead the captains. ...more
Yeimi Alvarez
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Karen
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Having loved biographies as a kid and loving historical fiction, I picked this book up out of a pile the school library was moving out. It was a quick read that was both enjoyable and good. However, reading it an adult, I have to wonder why the author chose some of the scenes; for example, in this book Charbonne, the husband of Sacagawea is a just a tag-a-long without a role except to "slap" Sacagawea when he doesn't like what advice she is offering Capt. Clark. As an adult, I also question the ...more
Emily M
Parts of this brought the Lewis and Clark expeditions to life for my kids, and the kids enjoyed all the details about Native American life, but the perceived romance wasn't of interest to us, and the totally fictional ending made me wonder what else in the story contradicted the historical record.

After reading aloud four Scott O'Dell books this year, I feel like his Native American girl narrators all share a very similar voice, one that is stoic and understated.

The kids liked but did not love t
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Katielin317
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-aloud
I read this one aloud to my 11yo daughter. I was intrigued to read a version of Sacagawea's story. I enjoyed the book. I wouldn't call it a page turner, but I do feel it was told in a beautiful way. One cannot help but laugh at Charbonneau and his childish ways. You also cannot help but admire Sacagawea and her quiet devotion and courage. I look forward to reading more books about her in an effort to piece together an understanding of who she really might have been.
Denise
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This interesting and easy to read book was just what I needed when I was sick, and wanted to escape. It is a tale based on Sacagawea's journey with Lewis and Clark, from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back, in the early 1800's. It is told from the perspective of Sacagawea, a Shoshone, whose nomadic tribe lived in the Rocky Mountains. She was their guide and interpreter, and helped them complete the arduous journey.
Justine Calderon
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Sacagawea. Sacagawea and her cousin get kidnapped. I really like this book because it has a lot of history. It also has a lot of adventure, and I like how she wants to do something she loves but she can't. She wants to be with on person but they force her to be with someone else. I like the setting of this book and the conclusion. I recommend this book to people who love history and adventure.
Kaitlyn
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This book for me was a required reading. I thought it was kind of interesting. It is a very historical book, and will definitely teach you a bit about Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea. Most chapter were short, but I felt some chapter were a bit boring and completely unnecessary. This was not my favorite required reading book, but it was still ok. I would definitely recommend this book to history lovers, or anybody who is studying Sacagawea.
Jaylin
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a good book its about this girl who name is Sacagawea. She is about 13 or 14 she was was looking for her father and brother one day. When she was looking for them this tribe came and kidnapped her. Then while day passes she gets sends to this one dude named Charbonneau and she marries him. Then she gets married and later on she has a baby. while she is traveling she travels with a person name clark and she starts to fall in love with him.
Amos Cabrera
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl who goes on a crazy adventure. At first she gets kidnapped by minitaries. When she gets save she goes on a journey along the Mississippi. She gets married to a guy that is abusive and she falls in love with the captain, Clark. She goes on this journey with her son, nico, as she likes to call him. Her only true reason to go is Captain Clark.
Sharon Riegert
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I definitely remember reading this novel in my childhood. Reading it now as an adult, I have a new appreciation of the author and the subject. He brings to life past history and an amazing story of Sacagawea, a truly strong, wise and brilliant Native American woman who serves as an inspiration for all the children (and myself) who have and will read about her.
Reymond
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Rebecka Norton
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the subject and can’t wait to read more about Sacagawea and Lewis and Clarke’s expedition! However, the writing style was very simplistic and not as engaging as I would have liked, even for a children’s book.
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Scott O'Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 16, 1989) was an American children's author who wrote 26 novels for youngsters, along with three adult novels and four nonfiction books. He was most famously the author of the children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal as well as a number of other awards. Other award winning books by O'Dell include The King's Fifth (19 ...more