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The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds: The Donner Party Expedition is a historical fiction book written by Rodman Philbrick. It is the thirteenth entry for the My Name Is America series. The book was first published by Scholastic in November 2001 and was followed by The Journal of C.J. Jackson. It was republished as Stay Alive with a new cover in December 2021.


"For Lynn Harnett, my Constant Reader"

Book description[]

"November 6
The Breens and I were lucky. We've found refuge in a deserted cabin that may have been built some years ago by a fur trapper. The cabin is very crude....There are holes in the roof. The stove is broke, but it is a great improvement on being outside. Outside where the storm rages, and the wind screams through the mountaintops and over the lake. Outside where the last few cattle are dying almost without complaint, as if grateful the end is near.
Soon we will eat the frozen cattle....And then, when that is gone, what shall we eat?
Shall we eat the snow? Shall we eat the ice? Shall we eat the bark on the frozen trees?
What shall we eat?



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds characters


Main article: Rodman Philbrick



  • Narrator: Andrew Eiden
  • Publisher: Scholastic Audio
  • Published: September 6, 2022[3]
  • Running time: 2 hours and 58 minutes




"The author would like to thank Jean Feiwel, Amy Griffin, and Beth Levine for encouraging him to write this book, and for their thoughtful editorial guidance about a difficult subject."


  • The portrait on the cover is a detail from the cover illustration of the September 1961 issue of the American magazine Horizon.[5]


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