To Stay Alive by Skila Brown audiobook

To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party

By Skila Brown
Read by Lauren Ezzo

Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
3.81 Hours 1
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Told in riveting, keenly observed poetry, a moving first-person narrative as experienced by a young survivor of the tragic Donner Party of 1846. The journey west by wagon train promises to be long and arduous for nineteen-year-old Mary Ann Graves and her parents and eight siblings. Yet she is hopeful about their new life in California: freedom from the demands of family, maybe some romance, better opportunities for all. But when winter comes early to the Sierra Nevada and their group gets a late start, the Graves family, traveling alongside the Donner and Reed parties, must endure one of the most harrowing and storied journeys in American history. Amid the pain of loss and the constant threat of death from starvation or cold, Mary Ann’s is a narrative, told beautifully in verse, of a girl learning what it means to be part of a family, to make sacrifices for those we love, and above all to persevere.

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Summary

A 2017 School Library Journal Best Book in Audio

Told in riveting, keenly observed poetry, a moving first-person narrative as experienced by a young survivor of the tragic Donner Party of 1846.

The journey west by wagon train promises to be long and arduous for nineteen-year-old Mary Ann Graves and her parents and eight siblings. Yet she is hopeful about their new life in California: freedom from the demands of family, maybe some romance, better opportunities for all. But when winter comes early to the Sierra Nevada and their group gets a late start, the Graves family, traveling alongside the Donner and Reed parties, must endure one of the most harrowing and storied journeys in American history. Amid the pain of loss and the constant threat of death from starvation or cold, Mary Ann’s is a narrative, told beautifully in verse, of a girl learning what it means to be part of a family, to make sacrifices for those we love, and above all to persevere.

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Editorial Reviews

“For nineteen-year-old Mary Ann Graves, and her family, the journey from Illinois to California in 1846 means an arduous walk through mountains and deserts, alongside livestock and wagons. When winter falls on the Sierra Nevada, each day becomes a battle for survival against snow, cold, and starvation—until they must resort to horrific means to survive. Ezzo beautifully communicates the cadence of Brown’s verse, varying her pace and tone, aptly conveying Mary Ann’s reactions and emotions.” School Library Journal (audio review)

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Author Bio: Skila Brown

Author Bio: Skila Brown

Skila Brown holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee, lived for a bit in Guatemala, and now resides with her family in Indiana.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 3.81
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English