Historical (nonfiction), 1,998 words, Level Y (Grade 5), Lexile 870L
The story of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark continues as the Corps of Discovery journeys west in search of a route called the Northwest Passage. The explorers face many hardships as they travel, including intolerable weather, treacherous mountains, and dwindling food supplies. Still, through sheer determination (and the help of some Native Americans), the team reaches the Pacific and returns safely to St. Louis. The informative text, presented in sequential order, is engaging and easy to understand.
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