All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party
Written by local Author Nancy Herman, this paperback won the 2017 Independent Press Award: Distinguished Favorite for Historical Fiction.
The book tells the saga of hirteen-year-old Virginia Reed, who was part of the 1846 the Reed and Donner Party. When the party becomes trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by early snows, she must find the courage to defy her father in order to save the rest of her family.
From San Francisco Book review:
"This book provides readers with a unique perspective of the hardships incurred by the many families who gave up everything they had known living their secure lives on the East coast and the further sacrifice endured on their perilous journey to this new land out West that they knew very little about. The detail to which author Nancy Herman places into both the characters and the environment truly brings forth deep emotions as you work your way through the chapters....
This book could be of great significance if placed in all fourth grade classrooms throughout California as part of the social studies curriculum. I highly recommend this book to all ages alike, no matter what your preferred genre!"