From the Publisher
"Convincing in detail and well paced, the book has all the excitement and zest of an old-time adventure story set in authentic surroundings and brought to life through the well-drawn characters." Horn Book
“A vivid, fast-paced novel.” Christian Science Monitor
“Characters come to life, allowing readers to understand the personality conflicts, the arduous physical strain, and the dangers the party went through before reaching Oregon.” Booklist, ALA
Hugh McNeal can hardly believe his luck as he is assigned to accompany Captain Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on a difficult mission to discover a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. Bold Journey recreates the actual Lewis and Clark expedition from 1804-1806 through the eyes of the youngest member, Hugh McNeal. Although the expedition actually took place, the book is fictional. Along the way, the men face harsh weather, unfriendly Indians, wild animals, and the troubles caused by thirty men who know little about one another, but have to spend every day together for two years. 2004 (orig. 1985), Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 10 to 14.
The story of Lewis and Clark's expedition to the Pacific Ocean with Sacagawea in tow is usually a footnote in American history textbooks; but with this novel, students can get a sense of the hardships these explorers endured as well as the adventure of charting an unknown path through a wilderness where no white men had gone before them. The novel is told from the viewpoint of the youngest member of the expedition, 18-year-old Hugh McNeal, of whom, the author notes in a foreword, little is known except that he was part of the company. While staying true to surviving written records, Bohner imagines Hugh McNeal, an army enlistee, as a waterman, expert in handling and repairing the boats that accompanied the expedition. The personalities of the two captains come to life as Hugh works for and with them as they cross the plains and rivers of the Midwest and then suffers at their sides as they traverse the mountain trails just as winter brings ice, snow and near starvation before they reach the ocean. This novel well serves the purpose of making history real to young readers. KLIATT Codes: J*Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 1985, Houghton Mifflin, 171p. map. bibliog., Ages 12 to 15.