The Sign of the Beaver
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The Sign of the Beaver  -     By: Elizabeth George Speare

The Sign of the Beaver

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2011 / Paperback

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Elizabeth George Speare has written a compelling survival story, filled with wonderful detail about living in the wilderness, that explores the relationship between the white settles and the Indians in the 1700s. Recommended for ages 10 to 14. A 1984 Newbery Honor book.

Although he faced his responsibility bravely, thirteen-year-old Matt was more than a little apprehensive when his father left him alone to guard their newly built cabin in the wilderness. When a renegade white stranger stole his gun, Matt knew he had no way to shoot game and no way to protect himself. It was only after meeting the proud, resourceful Indian boy that Matt began to discover new ways to survive in the forest. And in getting to know his friend, Matt also began to understand the heritage and way of life of the Beaver clan and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier.

Please be advised: Language may be too mature for younger readers.

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Title: The Sign of the Beaver
By: Elizabeth George Speare
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 135
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.4 X 5.1 X 0.5 (inches)
Weight: 4 ounces
ISBN: 0547577117
ISBN-13: 9780547577111
UPC: 9780547577111
Ages: 9-11
Stock No: WW577115

Publisher's Description

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 white 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.

Author Bio

Elizabeth George Speare was born on November 21, 1908, in Melrose, Massachusetts. Among her wonderful works are two Newbery Award<N>winning novels, The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The Bronze Bow. In 1989 she was given the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her substantial and enduring contribution to children's literature. Elizabeth George Speare died in 1994.

Editorial Reviews

* "Matt joins other memorable characters, Kit, Julie, and Karana, finding his inner strength and values in a changing world in this well-written and fast-reading story." School Library Journal, starred review

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