Sacagawea: Courageous Trailblazer! (Show Me History!)

by James Buckley (Author) Cassie Anderson (Illustrator)

Sacagawea: Courageous Trailblazer! (Show Me History!)
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

Head out onto the trail with the brave, resourceful, and courageous Sacagawea!

What did 33 men in the 1800s need to find their way through the wilderness on a trip across America? They needed a woman--and they found one in Sacagawea, the Native American teenage mother who helped the Lewis and Clark expedition survive. She and her baby braved floods, hunger, storms, and snakes to help the expedition that opened the West.

Sacagawea: Courageous Trailblazer! tells the life story of this amazing pioneer who endured hardship in her youth but nevertheless became a fearless leader and a role model for generations to come. Readers of all ages will be entertained and educated by the full-color illustrations and historically accurate narrative of this graphical biography.

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-7--Friends Sam and Libby help tell the stories of the subjects in these graphic biographies. The histories are complete, and most of the time lighthearted. A dog thinks Lewis and Clark should have rented a motorboat, for example. There is, of course, a darker side. Albert Einstein is showed leaving Nazi Germany. Still, the dialogue tends toward being jovial. The writing is completely engaging. The illustrations go a long way to further engage the audience. Additional biographical information is appended in non-graphic form in a "Did You Know?" section. There is a time line, bibliography, glossary, and index to finish off each title. VERDICT These are fine selections for libraries' growing graphic nonfiction collections.

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Praise for the Show Me History! series:
"Bunking the notion that history is dull, these titles in the Show Me History! series convey the lives of notable historical figures through colorful and spirited cartoons." —Booklist
James Buckley
James Buckley Jr. has written more than 50 books for kids, including Who Was Jim Thorpe? and Who Was Pelé?

Laurie A. Conley is an illustrator who loves bringing scenes to life with both traditional and digital ink. She specializes in illustrating historical fiction and non-fiction books for kids, and also enjoys drawing whimsical haunted house portraits and other gently spooky art. Laurie earned a BFA from Syracuse University and has worked professionally for over 30 years. She and her husband live in Maryland with their youngest son in their long-time family home.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Portable Press
Publication date
February 20, 2021
Show Me History!
BISAC categories
JNF007020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
JNF018040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Native American
JNF062010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Biography
Library of Congress categories
Graphic novels
Comic books, strips, etc
Juvenile works
Comics (Graphic works)
Historical comics
Nonfiction comics
Shoshoni women
Shoshoni Indians
Biographical comics

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