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The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare

The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare

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(Paperback, 135 pages, first published in 1983)

In this Newbery Honor Book, a thirteen-year-old boy struggles to survive on his own in the wilderness of eighteenth-century Maine.

When Matt's father leaves him on his own to guard their new cabin in the wilderness, Matt is scared but determined to be brave and prove that he can take care of himself. And things are going fine until a stranger steals his gun, leaving Matt defenseless and unable to hunt for his food.

Then Matt meets Attean, a Native boy from the Beaver tribe, and soon learns that people called the land around him home long before the white settlers ever arrived. As Attean teaches him more about his own culture, Matt must come to terms with what the changing frontier really means.

Now with an introduction by critically acclaimed writer Joseph Bruchac about the historical context and the relationships between Native peoples and white settlers in the eighteenth century.

Cautions: This book has been vetted by values-aligned Christian schools that partner with Storyglory for use in required summer reading programs, but it has not been fully reviewed by Storyglory staff.

Recommended Age: 8+

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