Today I recommend: To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown.

A young survivor of the tragic Donner Party of 1846 describes how her family and others became victims of freezing temperatures and starvation.

This book is a work of historical fiction, and what made it particularly interesting to me was that it is written in verse. This keeps the rather grisly details (cannibalism which cannot be avoided when the Donner party is mentioned) from becoming to graphic. Instead this is a gripping tale of sacrifice and struggle as you read about the desperation of Mary Ann Graves and the others in the Donner party to survive. There are a few notes at the end but it does lack references for those interested in learning more about the Donner Party (those interested in the facts should check out nonfiction histories).

You can find To Stay Alive in the Young Adult Fiction section at YA BROWN.