When shy, ten-year-old Lucy comes to live with her aunt and uncle at their mission school, she's surprised at the number of harsh rules and restrictions imposed on the children. She wonders why the Indians should have to do all the changing and why her aunt is so strict with them. Then a girl runs away in protest and Lucy knows she must overcome her timidity and stand up to her aunt--no matter what the consequences.
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Gloria Whelan is the bestselling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award; Fruitlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect; Angel on the Square; Burying the Sun; Once on This Island, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; and Return to the Island. She lives in the woods of northern Michigan.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-6-Following the death of her parents in 1839, 11-year-old Lucy is sent to live with her harsh Aunt Emma and kindly but ineffectual Uncle Edward, who run a mission school for Indian children in Coldriver, MI. Lucy adjusts to her new life with difficulty, but new arrivals Raven and her little brother Star Face, whom Emma insists on calling Matthew, intrigue her, and she begins to find comfort in her interactions with them. Raven never adjusts to the denigration of her Indian ways and Lucy learns much from her even as everyone grows to love and cherish the young boy, including Aunt Emma. When Raven runs away, Lucy fears she will surely perish in the winter wilderness, but can't bear to tell the adults of her whereabouts. A crisis occurs when Star Face falls ill and Aunt Emma does some abrupt capitulating. There are some decidedly "Pollyanna" overtones to Whelan's book. In stories about settlers and Native Americans, it is often difficult to have real characters instead of noble facades, to depict accurately the point of view of the time without too much prescience, and to portray with justice both viewpoints. The author circumvents some of the obvious pitfalls, but not all. Star Face is somewhat stock, and the willingness of the children's father to leave them at the Indian School is not convincing. However, Whelan is clearly trying to touch readers' heartstrings and frequently succeeds with some especially finely turned phrases and reflections.
Carol A. Edwards, Minneapolis Public Library
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060270772
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060270772