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SeaMan

The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis & Clark

by Gail Langer Karwoski
illustrated by James Watling

A 150-pound Newfoundland dog teams with Lewis & Clark for an edge-of-your-seat middle grade adventure.

“Once young readers begin this fictional account of the dog’s role in the expedition, they will be caught up in the drama and action and even reluctant readers will find it just too good to put down.” ―School Library Journal

It is 1804, the year that Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the Corps of Discovery set out for their now-legendary exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. With no maps and little idea what wonders and dangers lie ahead, Seaman, a 150-pound Newfoundland dog, proves to be one of the most valuable members of the Corps.

In the face of starvation, Seaman catches and retrieves game, and his intimidating size and teeth protect the small band of explorers – from Native American raiders and even a ferocious grizzly bear! As the bond and mutual trust between Seaman and the Corp grows, they’re confident that nothing—not even raging waters and towering mountains—will stop them from reaching the West Coast.

Gail Langer Karwoski’s thrilling fictional account of Lewis and Clark’s expedition with the Corps of Discovery, Seaman, and eventually Sacagawea, is full of accurate details drawn from Lewis’s own diary entries and will draw readers into one of the most exciting chapters in American history.

Also by Gail Langer Karwoski:
Quake!: Disaster in San Francisco, 1906
Surviving Jamestown: The Adventures of Young Sam Collier
The Tree That Owns Itself

Awards:

Pick of the Lists ―American Booksellers Association
Children’s Books Mean Business ―American Booksellers Association and Children’s Book Council Joint Committee
Volunteer State Book Awards (Master List, Grades 4-6) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians
Georgia Children’s Book Award (Nominee)
Prairie Pasque Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―South Dakota Library Association, SDRC, SD State Library, SD Elementary School Principal

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-276-7
Publication Date: 4/1/2003
Page Count: 192
Size: 6 ̎ x 9 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-190-6
Publication Date: 3/1/1999
Page Count: 192
Size: 6 ̎ x 9 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-612-3
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 6.0
F&P: GRL U, Gr 5, Genre HF
Lexile: 800L
Themes: Lewis and Clark, Pioneer Life, Western Expansion
BISAC 1: JUV016140 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century
BISAC 2: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
BISAC 3: JUV001000 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

Reviews

“James Watling’s many handsome, shaded-pencil drawings will help readers visualize the setting, hardships, and dramatic moments of the story; and two maps will enable them to follow the explorers’ route. An effective, fictional introduction to the Lewis and Clark expedition.” ―Booklist

“Once young readers begin this fictional account of the dog’s role in the expedition, they will be caught up in the drama and action and even reluctant readers will find it just too good to put down.” ―School Library Journal

“In this well-researched and finely written book for young readers, Gail Karwoski brings the story back to life through the expedition’s most unlikely and endearing hero… Seaman, the first dog to cross the continent.” ―Dayton Duncan, co-author with Ken Burns of Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

“Its atmosphere is realistic, its timetable is accurate, and its events and characterizations are grounded in fact. Seaman joins the intrepid explorers in the tale with a personality all his own…. This soundly researched, smoothly written story will bring the entire expedition alive for readers 8 to 12, adding not only a canine but a human element to a tale that never grows wearisome. Nobody knows what happened to Seaman after his Western adventures, but he has certainly left one good book behind him.” ―Parade

Awards

Pick of the Lists ―American Booksellers Association, 1999

Children’s Books Mean Business ―American Booksellers Association and Children’s Book Council Joint Committee, 2003

Volunteer State Book Awards (Master List, Grades 4-6) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians 2000-2001

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Georgia Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―University of Georgia 1999

Prairie Pasque Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―South Dakota Library Association, SDRC, SD State Library, SD Elementary School Principals 2001-2002

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Meet the Author

Gail Langer Karwoski taught third- and fourth-grade students for many years. She received a BA from the University of Massachusetts and an MA from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Georgia. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

James Watling lives in Canada, where he is a professor of art education at McGill University. He has illustrated over twenty-five books for children.