The Back of Beyond

A Story about Lewis and Clark

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In 1803, Meriwether Lewis was offered the chance of a lifetime. The president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, asked him to lead an expedition across North America, through the Louisiana Territory and Oregon Country to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis jumped at the opportunity and called on his friend William Clark to share in the command of the exploration. The two men organized a small unit of volunteers they called the Corps of Discovery. They had little idea of what dangers lay ahead in the mysterious lands. Would they be attacked by wild animals? Could they survive winter’s harsh weather? On May 21, 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition embarked on one of the greatest adventures of all time. they would change the country forever, as they traveled into the Back of Beyond.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Copyright 1997
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.7
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007020, JNF025200
Dewey 917.804'2
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 1090
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 6.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 15504
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Illustrator: Ralph L. Ramstad

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Creative Minds Biographies

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“This readable book imparts the essence of such a trek. . . Numerous full-page black-and-white illustrations add to the tale.”

Christian Library Journal

“Written in easy-to-read, short chapters, this book is certain to please those faced with a history report or those who just enjoy an exploration of their own.”
Christian Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“. . .competent, plainspoken prose.”
The Horn Book Guide