Sacagawea's Strength

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The Blast to the Past friends meet Sacagawea—and they’ve got to work fast if they’re going to succeed in keeping history on course.

Abigail and her friends are in the middle of a Monday afternoon group project when Mr. Caruthers tells them it’s time to jump back to the past. They’re going to meet Sacagawea, and this time things are more complicated than ever!

How can the kids convince Sacagawea not to give up on her dream when they don’t even ...

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Sacagawea's Strength (Blast to the Past Series #5)

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The Blast to the Past friends meet Sacagawea—and they’ve got to work fast if they’re going to succeed in keeping history on course.

Abigail and her friends are in the middle of a Monday afternoon group project when Mr. Caruthers tells them it’s time to jump back to the past. They’re going to meet Sacagawea, and this time things are more complicated than ever!

How can the kids convince Sacagawea not to give up on her dream when they don’t even know what her dream is? Sure, they know that she helped explorers Lewis and Clark map a route leading out West …but that’s about it. Abigail, Bo, Zack, and Jacob better find out fast—because the clock is ticking!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jane Harrington
Abigail and her three friends, Jacob, Zach, and Bo, are bored with a cartography project their teacher, Mr. Caruthers ("Mr. C"), is making them do after school. But things get much more exciting when Mr. C turns the assignment into a time travel adventure using a computer he invented in order to save history from losing many of its prominent figures (this premise is not particularly well explained, however). With a mysterious envelope in hand, the kids join Sacagawea, the Native American translator and guide for Lewis and Clark, and help her discover her "dream." The social studies content in this chapter book is meaty and interesting, but the fictional element is not especially engaging. Though the narrative is in first person, from the perspective of Abigail, the voice just doesn't come across as natural and kid-like. And, with four kids on the adventure, there is always a sense that too many main characters are being juggled. The full-page, black and white illustrations—one for each chapter, approximately—are nicely done. Very unfortunately, though, the reproduction of Lewis and Clark's map is nearly impossible to see. "A Letter to Readers" at the end of the book summarizes the history and concepts presented. Some other stories in this "Blast to the Past" series have taken on Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney, Alexander Graham Bell, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442495388
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Series: Blast to the Past Series, #5
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 444,546
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacia Deutsch is the author of more than fifty children’s books. She loves to write adventure, mystery, and movie novels, but time travel stories are her favorite. Just in case she gets the chance to time travel, Stacia keeps a long list of the people she would like to visit. For now, she lives in Califronia with her three children.

Rhody Cohon wishes she could time travel too! Until her machine is in working order, she’ll travel through her imagination to wild and woolly places from her prickly home in Tucson, Arizona.

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Sacagawea’s Strength
“Did you hear that?” I looked around anxiously. “I swear I just heard a bear growl.”

“What are you taking about, Abigail?” Zack asked me, making a crazy sign with his finger around his ear. He turned to his twin brother. “Did you hear anything, Jacob?”

“I don’t think so,” Jacob replied, cupping his ear to hear better. “Nope. Nothing.”

“I wish Abigail really did hear a bear,” Zack said with a yawn. I could see his tonsils. “We could use some excitement. I’m bored,” he moaned, stretching his arms and yawning again.

“Me too,” Jacob added, sighing. “This isn’t how I wanted to spend the afternoon.”

Usually, I love Mr. Caruthers’s assignments. Jacob and Zack are always excited by social studies too. But today’s project was cartography. And as far as I could tell, there was nothing more dull in the entire universe.

Mr. C had explained that cartography is the art of making maps. We were supposed to draw in a journal an accurate map of the shallow creek bed that runs behind our school. He told us to pay special attention to the direction of the creek and which way the water flowed.

Next to the map, we had to describe any plants and animals we saw. Mr. C even said we needed to sketch little pictures of the bugs we found.

This was definitely the most horrible project in the whole history of social studies.

There were four of us in our cartography group: Jacob, Zack, Bo, and me. Only Bo was interested in the class project. He was standing near a bush and holding the long iron chain Mr. C had given us. “Abigail,” he called, “would you mind holding one end of this chain against that rock over there?”

Mr. C had told us the iron chain was called a two-pole chain. A “pole” is a unit of measurement equal to sixteen and a half feet. Each link was 7.92 inches. The whole chain was thirty-three feet long. Bo liked using the two-pole chain. By counting the links, he could figure out exactly how far it was from the bush to the rock and then put them both on our map.

I didn’t really want to, but I went to help Bo anyway. “It could be worse,” I remarked to Jacob and Zack. Looking over my shoulder, I glanced over at the rest of our social studies classmates wandering around the creek bed. “Eliana Feinerman’s group didn’t even get a chain to measure stuff. They have two sticks and a bunch of rocks.”

“Yeah,” Jacob replied. “And Shanika Washington’s group has it real bad too. They have to make a new map by copying and correcting an old one from the school library.”

I picked up the end of the chain and placed it against the rock. Bo dragged the other end to the bush. “Well,” I commented, watching Bo stretch the chain tight, “at least Bo’s having fun.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014


    Im not sure if i should get it! I &hearts Sacagawea but it's kinda it worth the money???? I really need some advice!! If you ae willing to give me some, please reply likethis: "to: purplecheetah27 subject: advice on whether or not to ge thi book" thanks guys! ~purplecheetah27

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    I read Sacagawea¿s Strength by Stacia Deutsch. It is about Sacag

    I read Sacagawea’s Strength by Stacia Deutsch. It is about Sacagawea and in this series, some kids, Bo, Zack, Abigail and 1 more. They help Sacagawea not listen to an evil person named Babes Magee. I would not recommend this book because there is not a lot of action. Also, in the middle natives eat a raw deer. It is kind of scary because 9 and 10 year olds wonder around alone in the past. I could predict what would happen, and what happened was not exciting. The problem was that Babes Magee an evil person, was trying to become famous in the past and change the past also. The kids stopped her by her from doing that by jumping on her back. Also, took me a while to read the book because it was boring. I would not recommend Sacagawea’s Strength .That was about Sacagawea’s Strength

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2006

    This is a great book

    This book is very good, the best Blast to the Past yet. A new character is introduced and it's makes me want to read the next books even more.

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