Synopses & Reviews
Follow Lewis and Clark and their crew on a perilous trek through the
uncharted West in this extraordinary debut novel. Two hundred years ago, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark launched their wooden boats up the Missouri River in search of the illusory Northwest Passage, a journey that would capture the American imagination and help forge a young nation's identity. Now, in a riveting debut novel, Allan Wolf tells the story of this extraordinary voyage through the eyes of not only the famed pair but also several members of their self-named Corps of Discovery. Here, in powerful, lyrical language, is a medley of voices from a surprisingly diverse crew -- from the one-eyed French Indian fiddler who pilots the boats to Clark's African American slave; from the young Shoshone woman who has a baby en route to Lewis's Newfoundland dog, a seer whose narrative resonates long after the book is closed.
In his riveting debut novel, Wolf tells the story of the extraordinary voyage of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Northwest from Missouri through the eyes of not only the famed pair, but also several members of their self-named Corps of Discovery.
"This amazing work presents the adventure of Lewis and Clark through the eyes of its participants." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)
In powerful, lyrical language, here is the journey of Lewis and Clark told by themselves and their diverse crew — from a one-eyed French-Indian fiddler to Clarks African-American slave; from Sacagawea to Lewiss Newfoundland dog, a "seer" whose narrative resonates long after the book is closed.
An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults
An International Reading Association Childrens Book Award Notable
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book of the Year
A Lion and the Unicorn Honor Winner for Excellence in North American Poetry
Two starred reviews (KIRKUS, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL)
About the Author
Allan Wolf is a member of the national touring company Poetry Alive!, and is able to recite hundreds of poems from memory. Perhaps it is unsurprising, then, that he chose to write this novel in poetic form. As he says, "During the four years it took to research and write NEW FOUND LAND, my head was constantly crowded with the novel's fourteen voices. They talked to me as I made breakfast, as I dressed the baby, as I delivered newspapers, and as I brushed my teeth. They talked and talked. Alone in my car I began to talk back. And together all fifteen of us worked out the details of the story. Happily, my head is now quiet, the voices having moved to their permanent home within this book." NEW FOUND LAND is Allan Wolf's first novel.